For being such a small continent, Australia has certainly delivered its share of rock stars over the last 50 years: INXS, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Keith Urban, Silverchair, and plenty more have all emerged from Down Under, making a name for themselves on an international level.
While they have more in common with AC/DC than INXS, fellow Aussies The Lazys just might the next band to be added to that list.
Boasting generous amounts of crunchy guitars certain to please the most ardent of rock and roll fans, the group – performing at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge on Friday, May 15 – has garnered a reputation for an incendiary live show.
So compelling was their 2014 Toronto showcase at Canadian Music Week that it was through their performance that they landed a Canadian booking agent, manager, while also meeting the man who would go on to produce what would go on to become a Top Ten single for the band, the song “Shake It Like You Mean It.”
For all these reasons and more, The Lazys, not surprisingly, consider the Great White North their home away from home.
“Canada was the first country outside of Australia to have really taken notice of the band,” Lazys vocalist Leon Harrison begins. “There seems to be a strong fanbase for the kind of music we play, and have been fortunate enough to see for ourselves that Canadians certainly love their rock and roll.”
One of those Canadians was acclaimed producer Garth “GGGarth” Richardson, whose prior credits include work with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, and more. Richardson caught the group at the aforementioned Toronto show and instantly signed on to work with the group. Harrison says it is an experience the group is unlikely to forget anytime soon. In fact, the band hopes to work with Richardson again when the time comes to undertake a new full-length album.
“Garth set about wanting to capture the heart and soul of the band. He wasn’t a perfectionist in some regards; he was more interested in capturing the groove of the band as opposed to trying to snare the perfect take.”
What: The Lazys
When: Friday May 15, 10:00 p.m.
Where: Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton