The Van Pelt

Artisans & Merchants

Regular price $24.99
After twenty-five years of anticipation, The Van Pelt have returned. Reunion show soundchecks revealed that this band has a voice that was prematurely muted by their inability to see clearly in the thick of their rise. More than two decades later, The Van Pelt has returned to explore what was left behind with a new collection of songs, Artisans & Merchants. This is not a reunion album. This is vindication. For lovers of The Van Pelt, listening to Artisans & Merchants is like hearing the voice of a dear friend you haven't seen in years -- a friend you used to share countless beers with over banter that went nowhere other than delivering a solid night. Your friend is older, they've changed. In some ways you're worried for them, looks like they might be teetering on the brink of something. In other ways it's the same old them, a nugget of a soul too unique to ever be altered. It's for those unfamiliar with The Van Pelt though for whom we should be truly jealous. This is a stand-alone album, with incredibly vital songwriting in and of itself regardless of the band's long and storied history. The climax of the single "Image of Health" perhaps describes the beautiful desperation best: "And you never felt more alive / Than when the priest came to read you your rites!"

26 years since their last proper album, The Van Pelt have finally released an entire album of new music. But The Van Pelt sound just like you remember them. 'Artisans & Merchants' has that classic Van Pelt mix of spoken word, sprawling instrumentals, and the occasional melodic singing, and these new songs carry the same emotional weight and lyrical wit as the band's classic '90s records. They truly had more to say, and they sound fantastic saying it.

- BrooklynVegan

1. We Gotta Leave
2. Image of Health
3. Artisans & Merchants
4. Punk House
5. Old Souls From Different Epochs
6. Grid
7. Cold Coconuts
8. Did We Hear The Same Song
9. Love is Brutal

First pressing limited to 500 copies:

• Brush Stroke (250)
• Violet (250)

Full color jacket printed on reverseboard stock and full-color printed innersleeve.

All orders include an instant hi-quality download Artisans & Merchants.

Post-Punk, Indie Rock
Album Length
Release Date
March 17, 2023
Catalog Number
LP / Digital