The Lazys are a hard rocking band, formed originally way back in 2006 in Sydney Australia, but it wasn’t until they took the big step of showing up at Canadian Music Week in Toronto to play a series of gigs, that they caught the eye and ear of guitarist/song writer Ian D’Sa. It was his long distance collaborations that led to the release of their self-titled album in 2014, which made a big impact on the Canadian market thanks to good radio airplay, and relentless touring.
Following up on this success, the band again teamed up with D’Sa for the recently released album ‘Tropical Hazards’. Almost a year in the making, and having spent the last month on the road in Canada, the boys are about to hit Europe this May, with limited dates in Germany and London. So if you like your music fast, loose, and loud, catch this bunch of Aussie rockers live while you can. In the meantime, while you’re waiting, here’s what you can expect from the new album.
Kicking off with the first single from the album, ‘Nothing but Trouble’ is a typical Aussie rocker, set to raise the roof and blow the tiles clean off. You can’t help comparing them to the early AC/DC and the Bon Scott days, when hard rocking and heavy drinking went hand in hand with a rock n roll band. Even lead singer Leon Harrison admits that the legacy that is Bon had a big influence when writing this one.
The high speed, high jinks continue straight into ‘Little Miss Crazy’, the closest you’ll get to a love song with The Lazys, but played at 90 miles an hour. Then a topical criticism of all the two faced, media attention seekers trying to steal the limelight in ‘Picture Thieves’, a well written tale of how shallow stardom can be these days.
Just to show that The Lazys can play it for laughs too, I’m not sure if ‘Half Mast Blues’ is a pirate rock love song, or an advert for a certain male blue pill? But listen to the lyrics, and decide for yourself. Either way, this one will definitely have you rocking the boat!
Stepping away briefly from the hard grinding Aussie sound, ‘Young Modern Lightning’ wouldn’t be out of place with any of the classic AOR tracks popular on mainstream rock charts. This is a refreshing change in the middle of the album, and demonstrates perhaps the influence Ian D’Sa has had on the style of writing in the band, bringing a softer edge to the rock guitar sound. But that’s enough of that, they soon get back to alcohol influenced ‘One to Many’, searching for oblivion in a whiskey glass, and pushing the vocals to the limit over some wild guitar, and heavy drums.
‘Louder than Youth’ is a teenage rebel rousing, anti-authority, adrenalin pumping, good old fashioned, punch your fist in the air rock song. A totally different theme, and a bit of a political statement is aired in ‘Somebody’s Daughter’. This song highlights the miss-treatment of indigenous women back in Australia, who go missing or are murdered, and are treated like second class citizens.
Finally, the album finishes off the way it started, with a couple of heavy, riff filled tracks, with hooks and melody in abundance, and well written lyrics. ‘Can’t Kill the Truth’, and ‘Take Back the Town’, make the band sound as if they are enjoying themselves as much as their audience.
All in all, ‘Tropical Hazards’ is yet another great thunder from down under, following in the footsteps of Airbourne and The Black Bullets by breaking into the UK, and once again raising the flag for Aussie oriented rock.
Nothing but Trouble
Little Miss Crazy
Half Mast Blues
Young Modern Lightning
One’s Too Many
Louder Than Youth
Can’t Kill the Truth
Take Back the Town
Leon Harrison - Vocals
Matty Morris - Lead Guitar
Glenn Williams - Bass
Liam Shearer - Rhythm Guitar
Andy Nielsen - Drum
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