LAZY's OBSESSION LP OUT NOW
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REVIEWS FOR OBSESSION LP
Lazy surprised me with their energetic punk rock on their Party City 7″, so when that title track opened Obsession, I was already pleasantly prepared. Lazy are kind of weird, though – they’re on a label that is anything but by-the-books punk rock, and I’ve never heard any punks mention their existence, so I still can’t tell if this is just an earnest punk band or some sort of cynical trick, like I am being lured into their fist-pumping punk music only to find out it was an art installation all along. The more I listen to Obsession, though, the less that sort of thing matters, because this band is really good! I am frequently reminded of West Coast punk and hardcore circa ’78 through about ’82 – I’m talking bands like Avengers and X, and the feral hardcore offspring that quickly followed them, like maybe Sin 34 or No Alternative. The LP ends with a couple minutes of silence and then a wacky medley of outtakes or something, and it kinda feels like something Geza X would’ve done, more than some modern-day Brooklyn hipster band. Honestly, if punks aren’t talking about Lazy, I have to wonder what’s wrong with punks?
-Yellow Green Red
What’s most interesting about the record may be the shift in songs towards the end (notably the last three tracks). While the first six songs are great punk songs, we get bombarded with three incredibly distinct songs to finish Obsession. “Boys In The Bathroom” attempts to be the most up-tempo, insane song ever performed (and I like to think it succeeds in it’s fifty-nine second run time). This is followed by what can only be described as the epic on Obsession, “Bring It Up.” The great screech of the guitar keeps the track dancing and light, while it shifts to a more relaxing tone. Finally, the record ends with “Psychic Jelly,” a bizarre song with some spoken words over distorted noise; it’s surreal to say the least.
-I Heart Local
There are many bands called Lazy, so just to clarify, this is the debut LP by a Kansas City garage punk band, following a 7″ last year which contains 3 songs that are also on this album. It’s on Moniker Records, the label founded by Robert Cole Manis, who brought Death’s …For The Whole World To See to Drag City. Moniker Records also released the Stacian album, which was one of my favorites of last year. Anyway, this is X-ish garage punk with male/female vocals, pretty upbeat and melodic, a little sloppy but pretty fun. Not quite as slacker-y as the name would imply. “Grave” throws in some Misfits horror-punk. “Silence In Crisis” starts with a shadowy dialogue sample saying “I think punk rock is stronger than it ever was”, before diving headfirst into a choppy, punchy drumbeat. “Bring It Up” is the only long song here at nearly 5 minutes, and starts with a really slowly building intro, the drums don’t come in until about 1:20. Also, “Psychic Jelly” ends half a minute before the track actually ends (the last 30 seconds are silent). Other than that, short and sweet, over in 22 minutes, so overall won’t take up too much of your time.
-The Answer is in the Beat
The west coast has been a haven for lo-fi party punk bands like Fidlar, Pangea and Meat Market. It seems like Chicago has followed suit with the group Lazy. The name says it all (not to say this band doesn’t work hard), giving off the slacker vibes the kids these days love. And what’s not to love? Loud, fast and aggressively played rock n’ roll is fun as hell. Lazy’s Obsession seeks to get it right. “Party City” is just under three minutes of loud guitar, police sirens, snarls and all that jazz.
Imagine finally setting down that keg of cheap American beer in your friend’s backyard and throwing this song on. Instantly, a cloud of smoke, slices of pizza, the neighbor’s dog, panties and dirt come flying at your face. It’s definitely the weekend in Party City, USA. “Work It Out” is no doubt a skate track to end all skate tracks. We’re not talking about a vert ramp either. This song is torn jeans, a pack of cigs and your chipped cruiser you bought off your older brother in grade school. You’re whipping around corners and kickflipping off trash cans. Who needs a skate park in Party City, USA?
By now, you’ve realized that each song is oddly prefaced by some ambient, almost ’70s TV drama soundtrack to set the mood. It makes sense. In between each party in Party City, USA, you want to decompress in front of the boob tube. Let the Doritos rain endlessly into your lap as “Childhood Wonder” and “Silence in Crisis” pump your little face with unadulterated punk. It’s really that simple… in Party City, USA. Your visit to Party City, USA wasn’t in vain. You made some friends; maybe even made out a couple times. In the end, your buds Lazy are just that: your buds. They played loud and fast like you asked, and that’s all you really need to have a good time. Obsession “gets it right,” because it’s so hard to get it wrong.
I can’t help but feel that I’d be way more into this if I grew up in the ‘90s. It’s not bad, I guess. But the grungy, mid-tempo pop punk on this record reminds me more than anything of bands like Gaunt, who I could never really get into other than a song or two. That song on Obsession is, for me, “Bring It Up,” which stands head and shoulders over the other tracks and is the only one to justify the post-punk comparisons I’ve been reading. Overall, I can only call Lazy the third-best band in Kansas City at this point, and I’m no KC connoisseur, so make of that what you will.
Up until recently, Lazy’s Obsession album has been available for free to stream on Bandcamp (when it was released digitally over a year ago). This came at odds with Obsession, a $16 vinyl version of its nine songs and 23 minutes, and an earlier 7” EP containing three of the same songs, priced at around $8-9 a copy in many markets. This also underscores how hard bands, even competent, fun ones like Lazy, have it in 2013. Built out of the secondhand detritus of ‘80s new wave heritage, this Kansas City band floors it through a fun set of dependable punked out party riffs and shouted, anthemic, gone-before-you-know-it songs. Tracks like “Work it Out” prove that they didn’t blow the best material on the single, either. But about that … OK, so there are six original tracks on here apart from “Party City” and its two B-sides (all included), that last one “Psychic Jelly” is like a fragment of a song at best, and “Bring It Up” starts off with a jarring minute or so of very quiet, building preamble, leaving fans who’d already picked up the single with precious little reason to keep both around. Now who’s lazy? It’s been said that you always want to leave ‘em wanting more, but there really isn’t that much more here at all, and makes me worry about what kind of position a good and good-time group like Lazy is in. You wanna support ‘em, but here’s a situation where you’re almost being bitten back for your trouble. If they’ve got new songs, somebody please get ‘em out there!
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)
????WHO IS LAZY U ASK???
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.
Lazy's debut album Obsession was released in August 2013 and Lazy toured the west coast to promote it. In November 2013 the band toured some more.
Lazy is currently working on it's new recordings and preparing for a rocking 2014!!!
LAZY, THE LAZY, KNOT LAZY, LAZY K IS
ZACH VAN BENTHUZEN
PAST 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/Vacation Club - Live - Split Cassette - 50 - Copies
Lazy - Don't Die/Soft Sheets - 7" - Volar Records - 300 Copies
Lazy - Creeps/Belief/Time Works - 7" - Goodbye Boozy - 150 Copies
Lazy - EP CS - 100 Copies
Lazy - Second LP - 500 - Moniker Records
Lazy - Pepsi Buttons - Edition of 100
Lazy - Pepsi Shirts Reprint Ed of 50
Lazy - Why Pick on Me Vol 1 Mix Tape - CS 100 Copies
Lazy - Live at the Owl CS - Parliament Tapes - 100 copies
Lazy - Obsession LP - 500 Copies - Moniker Records
Lazy - Obsession CS - 100 Copies - Moniker Records
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