Bad For Lazarus, The band are releasing their single ‘My Muddle’ November 7th.
With Guitars wanted to give you a taster of what’s to come with their forthcoming album. Here’s the link of the track for review consideration. You can listen to the single here –http://soundcloud.com/badforlazarus/my-muddle/s-YyIL1
Pitted as the South’s most bombastic and vicious live act, it’s a bold outfit that tries matching Bad For Lazarus’s attitudinal and aural sucker punch. But where this description may drum up misplaced images of on-stage bat death, parental genuflection and whoozy audio tirades, think again: emerging five-piece BFL are tacitly rescuing dispirited music lovers from a mire of one-dimensional pop vomit, half-baked rock cut outs and emo-goth have-a-goes that all too readily litter the floor of the UK’s music scene.
Nothing short of a super group, BFL casually boast ex-members of Nine Inch Nails, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and UNKLE. Armed with these credentials, the boys – frontman Rich Fownes; bassist/guitarist/vox Dominic Knight; guitarist/vox Richie Correia; drummer Ross Crick; and keys/guitarist/other noises Liam Dowling – cook up an alchemical audio storm, merging genres from the classic sound of Motown artists through to the gooey phlegm of punk. In their own words; “We like Motown and we like Richard Hell. So we sound like Motown Hell.”
Throw in a splatter of psychobilly spook, unidentifiable piratical Victoriana and a spinal column of driven grunk, and there you have it: fuzzy but coherent, clean cut but generally irreverent, loud and mouthy but entirely melodic and accessible, Bad For Lazarus are 2012’s blister-inflicting hot rocks, bursting with ooh-ooh-rah onto stages, tour circuits and festivals.
Having already torn up their hometown of Brighton with their teeth, Bad For Lazarus continue to gawp-induce the remainder of the UK with a stream of appearances. Along the way, they’ve effortlessly attracted the attention of several industry heavy hitters including Craig Charles, Harvey Goldsmith, Nick Cave, Michael Chugg and Chris Goss and played with hip bands such as Eighties Matchbox, Hawk Eyes, Liars, The James Cleaver Quintet, Exit_International, Winnebago Deal, Black Moth, and Baby Godzilla
7th November heralds the release of the band’s debut single, ‘My Muddle’, rounding off a season of festival appearances among a sizeable register of regular – (well, kind of) – gigs. Front man Fownes says of the single, “The song was written musically to be a pretty perfect slice of the different genres we like to embrace. Big beat drums. Motown / soul vocals. Dark rock guitars. Lyrically we always write about what’s around us but our usual stipulation is that it must have a sense of humour. I abhor self-loathing and introspection in the lyrics of heavy music. Get over yourself, how much more subject matter exists outside of the petty indulgence of your average, commercially-approved “difficult emotions”.
Be warned, though; the single’s a standalone teaser, set for staking out the band’s place in otherwise unchartered territory ahead of the launch of their album, ‘Life’s A Carnival, Bang, Bang, Bang’. Featuring guest vocals from Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit and produced by Toydrum and mixed by Kosheen, ‘Life’s A Carnival…’ isn’t far off musical arson. So cover up your smoke alarms and prepare; inhalation could cause irreversible addiction.
BFL ‘poem’ by THE Chris Goss! (Producer Queens Of The Stone Age/ Dave Grohl)
“What’s Bad For Lazarus is Too Good For You, ASSHOLE. Echo Ringing. Snare Head Flapping. But You Don’t Care. Too Busy Napping. Oh Dear. Oh Me. What Shall We Do? What’s Bad For Lazarus is Too Good For You, ASSHOLE.”
“This band are so cool, they make me want to self-harm” Craig Charles
Old Rats On A New Ship Reviews
“With an impressive disregard for sounding like anything that’s been released this decade, Bad For Lazarus just want to bring the rock and bring it hard. Harder than us and harder than you”. FHM
25 EP Single of the month (Artrocker)*****
“this assorted band of weirdos are making some of the most comically violent, offbeat and melodically fun music the radical rock scene has to offer” Ric Rawlins- Artrocker
“they sound like the poster Herman Munster would have on his wall during the stoned days of the Ghoul School” Kelly Murray (NME)
“Visceral, raw and disconcertingly real when sweatily begging ‘Fix My Fidget’ right up in your face, they come both recommended and hopefully, issued with a warning label” Alison B Live Review
“Bands from Brighton tend to be tame, mannered and tidy, charges you could never lend at this new quartet led by Rich Fownes…” David Bennun – Mail On Sunday
“Bad For Lazarus’s Ep ‘25’ is a storming tour de force for the senses” Big Cheese Magazine
“Speaking of refreshing and incredibly welcome and indeed surreal, one must mention Bad For Lazarus”. AAA Music