Author Archives: vacantstarerecords

Welcome, Purpur Spytt!

I first met Charlotte while on tour in Europe. Her group, MARAUDEUR and Dry Erase played a house show in a small town in East Germany called, Halle. It was one of the most memorable shows of my 15 years of playing in bands. The energy of their set was beyond captivating and the atmosphere of this strange yet familiar setting was the perfect backdrop to their music. I knew instantly that I had to work with them in some capacity. When Charlotte sent me her solo project’s latest recording I was hooked. Spare arrangments with deceptively intricate bass lines weaved together by Charlotte’s signature sing-speak. It’s post-punk and pop and dare, I say even a little jazz-y at times. Anyway, I’m super excited to be releasing this tape. Hope ya dig it ~


Introducing, EVIL TWINS!

Oh no, it’s Evil Twins! Mother Nature’s deadly duo of doom come out swinging with their self-titled​ debut on Vacant Stare Records. The post-pop Oakland 2 piece keep it simple with short songs about nothing and everything. Sure to be one of this year’s​ favorites​​, Evil Twins are that new new you’ve been waiting for…

BARF 2017

I’ve kept things a little quiet on the label front for the past few months (been broke, singing the same 2 karaoke songs every other night, hanging out at Eli’s too much etc) but, I still love releasing new music from unknown artists on antiquated formats. So, now I have a bunch of Vacant Stare stuff in the works. I’ll be tabling alongside many other great bay labels at BARF this Sunday afternoon. Keep an ear out for the Evil Twins debut, Purpur Spytt (Solo project of Charlotte Mahrmud from Maraudeur ~ my first release from a non Bay based artist) cassette comp, and more V EXCITING NEW MUSIC.🤘🤘🤘Anyway maybe I’ll see ya Sunday.

1st VSR releases of ’17

Despite the seemingly imminent end of humanity I’ve decided to release more music from fringe artists on antiquated formats. Psych instrumentalist, John McBain has a video album out 2/24 on VHS. Only 25 of these made with nearly half already gone via pre-order so get on it:

Next is a recording project I started early last year with Kyle Day of Beekeepers and our French friend, Marius Atherton. Kinda anarcho post-punk shit. Lyrics are written from the perspective of a ruthless and maniacal leader with a regime on the verge of being overthrown. I wrote this shit in late 2015 so I must be some type of punk Nostradamus. Cassette out 3/03. Pre-order now:


Christian Singles – Untitlted

Christian Singles is the name of my new (solo?) project. Here’s a group of songs I wrote and recorded over the last year called, “Untitled.” Mostly sad, lo-fi bedroom pop jams I’ve been too embarrassed to show anyone. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Gray Area Foundation’s Relief Fund for the Victims of the Ghost Ship Fire. FFO: GBV, bad drumming, good causes, etc. Sounds best through a cassette adapter into the stereo of a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Van. Special thanks to Duane M. Ramos who volunteered to master my shitty recordings and Samuelito Cruz for contributing the art work.