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Reviews for Party City 7"
#14 top Single of the Year says GET BENT! 2012
#1 top Single of the Year says Tiny Grooves 2012
Voted staff favorite by Drag City for Reckless Records Year End Bests 2012
RECOMMENDED by Still Single
Lazy's "Obsession" cassette on Manic Static flew out the door like a tornado across the plains and now finally some vinyl to temper our own obsessing we've been doing over this underrated Kansas City game changer of a band. Oh the energy! Lazy provide a rip roaring single of high octane power pop with just the right amount of grime and attitude, laying out three lightning-fast punk stompers that fly by like a dust storm! Like the Zero Boys on Red Bull, Lazy (a total misnomer if you ask us) are busy setting the standard for up and comers, pony up and feel the frenzy. Recommended. (Permanent Records)
Obsession fades in like an old hell-bound freight train seconds away from derailing & quickly transitions into skate-punk, scuzzball wonderland. It raises the flag & establishes it's unrelenting punk superiority immediately & like an old warhorse, it gallops triumphantly into orgasmic analog warmth. This is Roman-God Punk. This is Kansas City cult rock. This is howling at the knife in your own special made-up pagan, fuck-beast ritual. From the opening anthem to the last fading buzz... (KILL YR TV)
Lazy feel like a sweaty house party come to life. There’s one entrance, everyone’s wearing leather with patches, if somebody took pictures it’d be the uncomfortable shot where it looks like a basement is full of a thousand people all of them with their mouths open and their tank-tops soaked with sweat. This is that, gone sonic. Punk rock still dripping with attitude, but it’s just a different, happier bit of attitude. (Sound on the Sound)
Kansas City’s Lazy bring early DIY punk back from the dead with their new 7 inch Party City, out now on Moniker Records. This is mid 70s lofi punk rock when the genre was at its freshest. Think Testors, Zero Boys, and FU2 all rolled out into one hurricane of spastic rock n roll fury.
The single starts off with “Party City”, a rambunctious ode to those late nights we all love that could’ve been on those early Killed By Death or Messthetics comps. The analog warmth, high octane pop melody, and stripped down power trio approach of the song combine to make Lazy a lo-fi force to be reckoned with. On top of that already infectious formula is the boy/girl back and forth vocal tandem that makes the A-side even more of a classic jam. File Party City next to the Features’ “Floozie of the Neighborhood” or Crime’s “Hotwire My Heart”—perhaps one of the best mutant pop nuggets ever.
Flip to the B-Side and you get two more fuzzed up rockers from Lazy’s Obsession Sessions, which yielded a sold out cassette from earlier this year. Both “Silence In Crisis” and “Boys in the Girlsroom” are short, bouncy numbers that race through your speakers so quick you’ll immediately need another spin. Lazy takes the same chainsaw aim at punk as GG King, Foster Care, Terry Malts, and the Mind Spiders, boiling everything down to a snotty pop core. (Get Bent!)
Can’t rrremember the last time I heard a siren on a punk record; two weeks, two years, or two decades? Shit, used to be somethin’ a man could count on, now I have to wait for it to come to me. And it did. Lazy don’t just play punk, they believe in punk, and Party City is the end result of decades of the genre’s makes and misses, zoning in on the mid-to-late 1970s more than anything. It has that PARTY element to it to though; I always suspect a group such as Lazy will use the term ironically or sarcastically, but we’re allowed to actually party, aren’t we? I sure the shit hope so. And I’d have no problem doing just that to the title track or maybe “Silence in Crisis,” which packs a catchy enough melody to turn the heads of normal people and the hardcore sensibility to sneer and most likely break the band up once those dicks start paying attention. Both are unassailable punk overcharges, while “Boys in the Girlsroom” is more of a Wire-esque rager (nothing wrong with that, hell) in the mold of “Surgeon’s Girl.” I prefer the other two, but “Girlsroom” survives on its own merits and reveals another side of the band: solid fun, thick wax, good buddies (Tiny Mix Tapes)
Kansas City’s Lazy are the type of straight up, Midwest punk you’ve been missing in your life. The male/female dual vocals of Brock Potucek and Sarica Douglas harkens back to X, backed with gritty, lo-fi buzz saw guitars and pummeling drums. Typically, the “Paris of the Prairie” brings to mind barbeque, Louis C.K. smoking weed and Tech N9ne. And while I can’t pretend to know a long list of Kansas City bands to reference, their sound certainly does its part to put it on the map and bares resemblance to a more melodic take on early-80s bands like the Effigies and Zero Boys. If KC-MO is as wildly fun as their single, “Party City” is though; I’ll have to study up more on the heartland.
Our friends at Moniker put out a 7-inch for that song last year and plan to release Lazy’s full-length LP Obsession on vinyl in early 2013 (it’s already available digitially via Bandcamp). Other standout tracks like “Work It Out” and “Silence In Crisis”(the B Side of the 7”) rep an intense pace with smartass attitude and emphatic punk energy. (Impose Magazine)
BIO - As with most stories, one thing leads to another. Brock started Fortuning with Drew Gibson (Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Boo and Boo Too, Katrina Stoneheart) in 2008 in Lawrence, KS after moving from Los Angeles, where Brock played with Holy Shit! and Soft Boiled Eggies. Sarica later joined Fortuning where it became a three piece. Zach Van Benthuzen of Ssion joined Brock and Sarica for a few of the last Fortuning shows. After a year of performing around the KC area as Fortuning and two releases, Drew left for Chicago and this is where LAZY begins. Michael Boles and Matthew Huff, along with Brock, Sarica, and Zach came together to perform at a CHOMP WOMP FAMILY NIGHT for the first Lazy K show to perform some Buzzcocks and Gun Club covers. After a few months of gigging around Kansas City as LAZY K, named after Brock's aunt's ranch in KS, they released it's first recordings on cassette with the Tape Machine, an off branch of the Kansas City label Record Machine. Brock wrote nearly all the songs upon Zach's request to show friends of his in LA his new band. After returning from LA, Zach wrote some songs and works were home recorded and mixed on two four track tape recorders by Brock and the band. Albert Redwine (Ultrademon, Fire4Effect, Ssion) mastered the recordings and it was released as LAZY K "I.D.'S". Lazy K then "dropped the K" and became just LAZY. In early 2010 Lazy recorded seven songs at Cosgrove Studios with Mike Tuley (Ad Astra Arkestra, Blood Birds, Ad Astra Per Aspera) in North Kansas City, re-recording a majority of the "I.D.'S" songs. In the summer of 2010 the band toured the west coast and south west with Guantanamo Baywatch to promote it's first record. These recordings were later released on a 7" vinyl record with the Record Machine in fall 2010 as LAZY s/t EP. Complications arose from the pressing plant, allowing only 50 copies to be made out of an order of 300.
Due to the lack of records to work with plan another tour, and frustrated over it's relationship with the Record Machine release, the band became quiet for much of 2011. Throughout the year members of the band started working on side projects such as Fine Hoods, Cuntaloupe, Ssion, and South Bitch Diet. In summer 2011 two members moved on completely with one joining Umberto and Witch and Hare and the other moving to Los Angeles. Billy Belzer (Ghosty, the Roman Numerals, Ssion, White Whale) started playing drums with Lazy in late 2011.
In January of 2012 the band started calling itself both Lazy and Knot Lazy. Knot Lazy comes from the band saying that it's "Not" Lazy and the "K" in "Knot" is a reference back to Lazy K. Brock released a collection of solo material recorded with a four track as South Bitch Diet, which was later released by Whatever Forever, a Lawrence, KS cassette label. The release was a compilation of home recorded favorites made over a five year span. Brock, Zach, and Sarica began working on new Lazy songs in the process and the band recorded nine new songs with J. Ashley Miller (Ssion, Jametatone) for a release called OBSESSION. Ashley Miller also mastered the release and it was mixed by Brock, Zach, and Ashley. These recordings happened between Feb and March of 2012. In July of 2012 Manic Static, a Chicago based cassette label and zine publisher released Obsession on cassette. Lazy self booked a midwest tour to promote this release in July of 2012, playing at Bitchpork Four in Chicago. That summer Chicago based label, Moniker Records, contacted the band about releasing a single and the complete Obsession recordings on vinyl for 2012/13. The single was released in October 2012 of 300 Copies and the full length is set for May 2013. The band is self booking a east coast/mid west/south tour in January 2013 to promote the newest release from Moniker Records. For the January 2013 tour the band is joined by Christian O'Reilly (the Conquerors, Wrong Crowd, Whyte Bitch) and Jonathan Brokow (All Blood, Whyte Bitch) due to Billy and Zach being unavailable to join.
After tour the band will begin recording it's follow up to Obsession. Obsession will be released on LP by Moniker Records in May 2013. Other future plans for Lazy in include releasing two singles, with one going to Volar Records and the other to Goodbye Boozy in late 2013. Lazy will also be appearing at SXSW.
LAZY, THE LAZY, KNOT LAZY, LAZY K IS
ZACH VAN BENTHUZEN
PAST MEMBERS INCLUDE
JANUARY 2013 TOUR MEMBERS INCLUDE
MEMBERS OF LAZY HAVE PLAYED IN OR ARE CURRENTLY PLAYING IN:
SOUTH BITCH DIET
KANSAS CITY GAY BAND CHOIR
SOFT BOILED EGGIES
BABY BIRDS DON'T DRINK MILK
WITCH AND HARE
BIKER CHICK AND THE 1 PERCENTERS
Lazy Pepsi Shirts Reprint Ed of 50
Lazy Woody Allen Buttons Ed of 100
LAZY Pepsi Buttons Ed of 50
LAZY - JANUARY 2013 TOUR CDR - Self Released - 50 Copies
LAZY - Party City/Silence in Crisis/Boys in the Girls Room 7" - Moniker Records Ed of 300 2012
South Bitch Diet - South Bitch Diet - Ed of 100 2nd Pressing 2012
LAZY - OBSESSION EP - CS - Manic Static Tapes - Ed of 50 May 2012 - Sold Out
LAZY - OBSESSION EP - CDR - S/R - Ed of 100 May 2012 - Sold Out
B/W LAZY Buttons Ed of 50 2012 - Sold Out
LAZY - PEPSI - Tshirts Ed of 50 Printasaurous Roar 2012 - Sold Out
Knot Lazy Yellow Buttons 100 2012 - Sold out
South Bitch Diet - South Bitch Diet - CS - Whatever Forever Tapes - Ed of 100 April 2012 - Sold Out
BLUSH - CHICAGO OBSESSION DEMOS- CS - Ed of 20 Feb 2012 - Sold Out
KNOT LAZY/CASEY GUEST/RIP VIP - CS - Ed of 15 Dec 2012 - Sold Out
KNOT LAZY/SCAMMERS - CS - Ed of 10 Dec 2012 - Sold Out
The LAZY - Live plus demos - CS - RED HOTS - Ed of 10 Nov 2011 - Sold out
AMERICA:NOW AND HERE - KANSAS CITY COMPILATION - Digital Release August 2011
LAZY - S/T EP - 7 Vinyl - RECORD MACHINE - Ed of 50 Dec 2010 - Sold Out
LAZY - FALLEN WALL EP - CS - Nov 2010 - Sold Out
LAZY - BC - CD - SOLID MELTS - Ed of 20 2010 - Sold Out
LAZY - IDS - CASSETTE - TAPE MACHINE - Ed of 100 2010 - Sold Out
SUMMER OF FUN - WEB ONLY - DOWNLOAD - SOLID MELTS 2010