Ascendant Sydney foursome The Lazy Eyestoday share their eagerly anticipated second single, ‘Tangerine’. Listen HERE.
‘Tangerine’ follows their debut release ‘Cheesy Love Song’, which premiered on Home and Hosed with Declan Byrneand saw rotation additions across triple j Unearthed and FBi Radio, drawing praise from NME Australia, i-D Magazine, RAGE and more. Where their first single was a dreamy, patiently unspooling introduction to the band, ‘Tangerine’ takes a decidedly different approach, balancing the band’s breezy, vintage pop-inspired melodies with a blistering guitar solo climax worthy of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, running through a wealth of musical ground across its 3-minute runtime in a kaleidoscopic blur.
Harvey Geraghty (vocals, guitar, keys), Itay Shachar (vocals, guitar), Blake Wise (bass) and Noah Martin (drums) have been playing together since they were 15, having met each other while attending Newtown Performing Arts High School. Like ‘Cheesy Love Song’, ‘Tangerine’ dates back to the group’s formative high school years, the product of basement jam sessions, borrowed equipment and the overflowing energy of creative youthfulness. It’s a spirit which also exudes from the ‘Tangerine’ live visualiser filmed by Spencer Standish, which captures the band in grainy, lo-fi glory, tinkering with their pedals, feeding off each other’s energy, running across stage as they wail guitar solos underneath saturated house lights.
Of the track’s origins, the band say: “We like to include places and things into our lyrics. ‘Tangerine’ has a lyric that goes: “Hopscotch round Enmore Theatre…” We all met and went to school down the road from that theatre and visited it a lot with our friends, so it kinda just seeped its way into the music.
Tangerine is the first original we ever learnt to play. It’s funny looking back on it, because the rhythm of the melody was so hard for everyone – especially poor Noah on the drums – to nail. Nowadays the song is a breeze and It would be weird if it wasn’t, considering we have played it more than any other song in the set. Harvey finds a new and inventive way at every show to make the guitar solo ‘interesting’. Expect the unexpected from him. The recording came together slowly, adding layers one by one and producing it in our home studio in Lindfield. Sonically it’s still nostalgic of the time when we were just starting to learn to play with each other and really becoming a band.”
Named as a future act to watch by triple j, Happy Magand more off the back of their much-talked about showcases at BIGSOUND 2019, The Lazy Eyes are solidifying this reputation with audiences, taking their constantly morphing, playfully jam-filled live show national with appearances at the Sydney leg of Laneway, Farmer & the Owl and Fairgrounds festivals.
‘Tangerine’ by The Lazy Eyes is out now – buy/stream it here.
PRAISE FOR THE LAZY EYES
“If Brian Wilson joined Tame Impala for a day”
“Now nostalgia aficionados don’t have to root around in cool vinyl sections to discover the past, because The Lazy Eyes are the future.”
The Line of Best Fit
“A pristine psych-addled slice of guitar pop, complete with undulating piano chords and some gorgeous, watery effects on the guitar.”
“A stellar burst out of the gates from a band with a hell of a lot of promise ahead of them.”
“Sydney foursome The Lazy Eyes are still in their late teens, but possess a musical depth beyond their years.”
“You know when you listen to a song or an artist and you don’t know exactly why or how, but you can feel something special. This is a prime example of that”
Declan Byrne (triple j Unearthed)
“The hype is real. Believe it.”
Life Without Andy