Q&A WITH LAZYBONES
We talk to new kids on the block Lazybones, a Brighton-based, self-confessed ‘noise pop’ trio whose sound is defined by its visceral fuzziness, rawness and punky energy. They tell us of their ideal lazy day, the inspiration behind their music as well as what front-person from history they wish they could be. The band have just released their newest single ‘Snake’ which can be listened to below.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T HEARD OF YOU BEFORE, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
We’re Lazybones, an alt-rock/noise-pop trio from Brighton. We have Candi (me) singing and on the organ, Joe on bass and Sam on drums.
We met around Brighton, we just knew each other from gigging around Brighton and seeing each others bands. It started with just me and Joe writing and we really didn’t know what type of band we wanted to be. We knew we wanted to be a 3 piece and we wanted it to be an honest representation of who we are right now. So nothing too fancy, just something straightforward that sums us up!
Our sound is raw, fuzzy and to-the-point, with a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Death from Above 1969 sort-of vibe.
WHERE DOES YOUR NAME COME FROM? HOW LAZY ARE YOU?
We just wanted a name that loosely suggested bare bones kinda music – rough and ready, no frills – that sort of thing. Someone said we are lazy for not getting a guitar player, maybe that crept into the thought process..?
WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL LAZY DAY?
It’s got to be a lie in, roast dinner with a few drinks and then a Netflix binge to round it off!
HERE AT UNDERGROUND WE CHAMPION SUBCULTURES AND THOSE RENEGADES/REBELS WITHIN THEN. HAVE YOU EVER FELT A CERTAIN AFFINITY TO A SUBCULTURE, AND IF NOT, DO YOU FEEL ANY ARE EMERGING IN THE MODERN DAY?
I don’t think we fit into any sub-culture, but I guess we’d say we’re in that emerging culture that are bringing back that rough, vintage, fuzzy sound with a new edge. Artist-wise there’s the obvious – Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Slaves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – then there’s a huge scene that’s more underground, especially in Brighton, with bands like Gender Roles and Tigercub.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MUSIC YOU BOUGHT?
The first music I bought was the Spice Girls’ debut album. I guess it changed my life in that I became obsessed with it and learnt it from start to finish, so it really made me want to grow up and be a singer.
Now I’m an adult though I’m not so sure it was the best album I could have started with!!
YOU ALSO DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A DIY-BAND. COULD YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THAT?
Sure. With our first single ‘Zombie’ and our new release ‘Snake’ we recorded them both ourselves in the rehearsal room we practice in and we put them out on our own label Deaf Ray Records. With our music videos we then get our friends to help us and all other videos you see popping up on our social channels we make ourselves.
We’ve also finally managed to get a band van so we now have a home for when we go on tour!
THERE ARE SOME GREAT BANDS EMERGING FROM BRIGHTON AT THE MOMENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE SEASIDE TOWN?
I think there’s a buzz in this city that isn’t like anywhere else. It’s full of creatives and very talented people, so you’ll always see something going on or someone you know doing something cool. There’s also a lot of great venues and promoters here that really care about local acts – that helps a lot!
CAN YOU RECOMMEND US SOME LOCAL BANDS AND VENUES?
Definitely. Venue-wise The Green Door Store and Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar are both great, you’ll always find a great gig there and loads of local talent. With local bands I’d say Black Honey, Tigercub, Demob Happy and Clever Thing – those guys rule.
WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?
My best gig was the first time I saw Skunk Anansie live at Brixton Academy. Skin’s such an awesome powerhouse and watching her live just blew my mind! It drove me to really want to become that type of front-person: confident, in-your-face and completely real.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE IN THE WORLD SUPPORT YOU ON TOUR, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
For me it’d have to be Against Me! They are one of my absolute favourite bands of all time and I love Laura Jane Grace’s stage presence and vocals. She’s just an amazing frontwoman and the band as a whole lyrically and sonically really speak to me. They never try to be anything they aren’t or portray themselves differently in order to appeal to everyone. I really admire that honesty…I have to stop now, I could talk about them all day!
LAST FRIDAY MARKED THE RELEASE OF ‘SNAKE’ – A PERFECTLY PUNKY, FUIZZY AND RIOTOUS ANTHEM THAT CALLS INTO QUESTION THE MOST TERRIBLE OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: CHEATERS. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE SONG?
As you said ‘Snake’ is a bit of a rant about those sneaky, backstabbing people who we all come across from time to time. People who are always on the take and would screw you over without thinking twice. We all know at least one person like that and we’d had enough!
The song came together pretty quickly. We just wanted the sort of riff that a bunch of kids could jam out in a garage, the kind of riff you play when you first pick up a guitar and just want to play something loud and fast. We really wanted that straightforward, immature sort of aggression in the song.
YOU’VE ALSO BEEN UPLOADING A LOT OF VIDEO PREVIEWS ON FACEBOOK WITH ’90S STYLE FONTS AND YOUR VIDEOS ARE EQUALLY AS NOSTALGIC. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE ’90S?
Yeah our good friend Joey Pearson made them for us!
What I like about the 90s is that they were unafraid to be tacky and generally everything was a little more rough around the edges. We weren’t so permanently attached to technology and we couldn’t edit everything to make it seem perfect. It was all a little hideous, but we totally embraced that. That’s why we like to film in VHS and our Instagram is only disposable/polaroid snaps – we want to capture some of that realness that we’ve lost with so many apps, filters etc.
Talking about technology though, one thing I don’t like about the 90s is the TVs. We used them for the ‘Snake’ video and they kept breaking and weighed an absolute ton!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ’90S SHOW OR FILM?
Jurassic Park, hands down. A classic!
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR LAZY BONES?
We’re playing BITCHCRAFT at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on 22nd December (HERE). We are on at 1:30am and there is free glitter and Jack Daniels on the door so might be a bit of a mad one!
We’re then supporting DEAD! at the Prince Albert in Brighton on 6th of Feb (HERE) and we will generally be out and about gigging in Feb / March. We’ll also be looking to put out our next single next year so watch this space.
FINALLY, IF YOU COULD PERFORM AS THE LEADS IN BANDS OF BYGONE TIMES, WHO WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
Candi: I’d be the lead in Blondie for sure. Musically they rock, they were a massive influence in our genre and they’re still gigging!
Joe: I’d be Chas from Chas & Dave, because he can tear it up on the old Joanna.
Sam: I’d be Joey Ramone because he’s cool.