IT has been cool speaking with Lazybones...
about the new track, Heart Beat Like a Drum, and filming its awesome video. Candi takes up the questions and tells me how the guys got together and what is coming up – I ask whether there are any tour dates coming along and which albums are important to them all.
I was keen to know which rising artists we need to keep an eye out for; if there is a favoured musical memory and whether Candi has any advice for rising artists of the moment – each member chooses a song to end the interview with.
Hi. How are you? How has your week been?
Candi: Good, thanks! We’ve been super-busy with the video release and had lots of positive feedback, so it’s been an exciting one.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Sure. I’m Candi and I sing and play Hammond organ. We then have Joe on bass and Sam on drums.
Heart Beat Like a Drum is out. Is there a story behind the song?
It’s not so much a story as more of a feeling. It’s all about that feeling you get when you really like someone; that excited bubbly feeling all wrapped up in a song.
Musically, we wanted to emulate that and create something people could sing and dance along to; in the car, in your living room - wherever you fancy.
The video is a one-shot filmed using an iPhone. Was that challenging to do?! What was the reason behind that approach?
It was very challenging, yes!
Especially as it was the hottest day in the year and we were all in a lot of denim, but it was totally worth it. The approach was chosen firstly because it would be a lot of fun to do but also because it would be interesting. A lot of videos are exciting for the first twenty seconds but then it kind of stays the same and you get bored. We wanted to create something that is new every second you watch it and is entertaining - and I think we achieved that.
How did Lazybones find one another? When did you meet?
We found each other in the local music scene - we were all in other bands and played gigs with each other at one time or another. We got chatting and realised we wanted to try something a bit different, had a pint and here we are. That was last November, so it’s been a crazy year.
Is there going to be more material next year? How far ahead are you looking?
We have our new single coming out in early January followed by our E.P., Bang! Bang!, coming out on Killing Moon in early-2019 (which you can pre-order now on our site!). We’re then already planning for the next release following and have spent a lot of time in the writing room in the last few weeks.
Do you all share similar tastes? Who are you inspired by?
We all have slightly different tastes. I’m (Candi) tend to like softer Rock and Pop. I’m inspired by people such as Skin from Skunk Anansie and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! Joe then likes Black Sabbath and Chas & Dave and Sam’s into more Punk stuff and the D.I.Y. ethos.
As Christmas is coming; what one present would you each like if you could have anything?
Candi: A Britney mic. I won’t even wear it in public; just around the house for fun.
Joe: Pet chimp.
Sam: World peace.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
2019 is going to be a super-exciting year for us. As I mentioned, we have our E.P., Bang! Bang!, coming out on Killing Moon early-2019 but we are also going on a U.K. tour in February, woo! So far, we’ve announced five dates with more to be announced. We’ve then got a new release planned after, so watch this space...
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Our favourite memory as a band was our recent single launch at Green Door Store. Lots of yellow; lots of bunting and balloons and a great crowd. It really felt like something special.
On a side-note and the worst memory - breaking the van door at 2 A.M. in the rain, fixing it with a crowbar and then locking the keys in the back. That was a long, cold night!
Which one album means the most to each of you would you say (and why)?
Candi: Stoosh by Skunk Anansie
Skin’s voice is absolute perfection and the variety of songs and themes include every emotion, so it always has you covered, whatever mood you’re in.
Joe: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
It’s just four skint guys recording an album in a day or two and it still sounds huge today. Great instrument sounds, great songs and such a huge contribution to Rock/Metal and the rest.
Sam: I can’t possibly answer that question but maybe At the Drive In - Relationship of Command, because no matter when I play it it’s still good.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
We’d support someone like Blondie or Black Sabbath…if they ever tour again. If not, maybe Jack White.
The rider has to include Custard Creams, really good pizza and at least eight cans of Stella.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Be as creative as you can with what you have and play to your strengths. It’s a really saturated industry but, if you work hard and learn what makes you unique, you can really create something new and exciting.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
We’re playing on 10th December at The Old Blue Last, supporting Fangclub and Big Spring which is going to be awesome. Our tour dates in Feb are then as follows:
15/02/19: Crofters Rights, Bristol
16/02/19: Good Mixer, London
19/02/19: The Horn, St Albans
20/02/19: The Hope, Brighton
21/02/19: Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
With more T.B.A.!
IN THIS PHOTO: DITZ
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Definitely, we would recommend our pals DITZ - they are killer live and just came off tour with The Coathangers. Also, Gender Roles and Orchards - both Brighton bands and both bring something new and really exciting to the scene.
IN THIS PHOTO: Orchards
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I’d like to say I do yoga or something productive but, instead, I binge-watch terrible teen dramas and then deny all knowledge of them when questioned. I also read a lot. Joe then watches Forensic Files or Simpsons and Sam just plays more drums. Drums.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Candi: Black Me Out - Against Me!
Joe: The Lord of Lightning - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Sam: The Reason They Hate Me – Daughters