The Lazy Eyes release hotly-anticipated debut album SongBook
ON TOUR NOW, PLAYING SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS AND SUPPORTING THE STROKES THIS JULY
|PRAISE FOR THE LAZY EYES
“Honest-to-god really good”
“Indie’s next generation prove ready for a much bigger stage”
Sydney Morning Herald
“A phenomenal blend of modern sensibilities and classic experimental pop”
“Australia’s renowned psych-rock scene has become the envy of the world,
and the Sydney band’s glistening debut album continues to
push the sound into charming new places“
“If Brian Wilson joined Tame Impala for a day”
“Their music retains a youthful freshness that, rather than recycling,
reinvigorates the ingredients they have taken from their heroes”
Life Without Andy
Rising Australian psych powerhouse The Lazy Eyes have today released their hotly-anticipated debut album, SongBook. LISTEN HERE.
A sumptuous, prismatic tapestry of modern-day psychedelia sans pastiche or revivalism, SongBook is music for free-roaming adventurers of imagination, whose unbounded appetite for Imagineering is matched only by its expansive creative palette. The Lazy Eyes debut is a world unto itself, where swirling, constantly mutating tonal and textural choices open up rich, previously unexplored corners. Like every good fantasy world, it abides by its own logic – suddenly you’re in a garden in full blossom, and you didn’t even notice; you’ve walked a mile without taking a single step and earworms zip-zorp past.
As SongBook unfurls, The Lazy Eyes uncover the myriad sides to their psych-rock sound, from driving, distorted, Black Sabbath-esque guitar riffs to the sunnied, vintage-soaked escapism of 60s psych-pop, from blistering dual guitar solos to washed out, effects-lathered shoegaze to lovelorn ballads full of plush baroque, orchestral flourishes. The space is as mystical as it is visceral; the colours are brighter, things move a little slower, but they’re liable to get inordinately faster in the blink of an eye.
Surveying the first years of their existence as a group, SongBook emits youthful, creative exuberance, the sound of a band revelling in their own indulgences, influences and self-discovery, refracting formative touchstones through a contemporary lens in a process of coming into their own. Of the record, The Lazy Eyes share, “SongBook is our debut album and boy has it been a long time coming. We started recording the very first pieces of this album in the middle of high school, before we even knew it would turn into an album. During the making of the album we learnt so many things from scratch; how to record, mix audio, make album art, the list goes on! And here we are years later with our first project fully realised. SongBook is our first baby and it encapsulates the first era of The Lazy Eyes. Here’s to many more!”
Bonded by their formative high school years, the intimacy of The Lazy Eyes‘ friendship is felt, deeply, in their music. Through SongBook, the band pulls together each incremental breakthrough of their careers thus far, including key releases from their first two EPs, ‘Where’s My Brain???‘, ‘Tangerine‘ and ‘Cheesy Love Song‘, alongside new tracks. Joining their latest hit ‘Fuzz Jam‘ and easy-going ‘Hippo‘, are ‘Imaginary Girl‘ and ‘Starting Over‘ enter the fold. The romantic former, featuring some of the album’s most sophisticated chord progressions, and the latter suggestive of The Lazy Eyes‘ future sound – all baroque flourish, harpsichord and striking melody.
With ‘Fuzz Jam‘, The Lazy Eyes reached a fever pitch, breaking triple j as the station’s #1 Most Played Song upon release. Mainstream praise has continued to follow The Lazy Eyes every step, from Lauren Laverne as the Spotlight Artist on 6 Music and #24 on the Shazam charts, playlisting on BBC 6 Music‘s A List and continued acclaim from NME, SPIN, Face Melts, KCRW, Flood, Unearthed, RAGE, 2SER amongst many others globally.
Unabashedly unkempt and distilled into its purest form, SongBook presents a vision of the four-piece that at once combines the vitality of fabled high school afternoon jam sessions at their hallowed Lindfield studios with their increasingly refined songwriting and production capabilities – recorded and mixed in its entirety by the band – compositions passing listeners by in a polychromatic, out-of-space-and-time blur of inventiveness. Now with their debut album in tow, The Lazy Eyes have become emblematic torchbearers for the Australian psych-rock scene, accepting the baton from the iconic bands that first inspired their formation.
SongBook LP is out now, buy/stream it here.
All tour dates available here.
|ABOUT THE LAZY EYES
The Lazy Eyes are Harvey Geraghty (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Itay Shachar (vocals, guitar), Leon Karagic (bass) and Noah Martin (drums). At 15 years old, they met at a performing arts high school, growing a loyal word-of-mouth following for their magnetic live sets long before their official debut was even released. A little under two years from the release of ‘Cheesy Love Song’, The Lazy Eyes’ debut LP arrives poised to consolidate their position as one of Australia’s most exciting new breakout acts. Across their first two EPs, the fervour swirling around the young quartet has seen them sell out hometown headline shows, amass millions of combined online streams, curate and sell out their own festival (Lazyfest), place as the 17th most played artist of 2020 on triple j Unearthed, garner praise from KCRW, Complex, Spin, Bandcamp, V Man, Alt Citizen and more, and be tapped as an Artist to Watch in 2021 by Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson and NME.