LazyEyes: A story of when psychedelic shoegaze met New York indie-pop
If the Cribs, My Bloody Valentine and the Strokes had a baby, it would probably sound a bit like LazyEyes. As part of Headliner’s special SXSW Introducing series, we say hello to another great act announced in SXSW’s 2017 sneak peak of Showcasing Artists.
The Brooklyn trio formed in 2012, and are set to release their debut album sometime in 2017. Comprised of Jason Abrishami, Paul Volpe and Jeremy Sampson, the lads have already released two EP’s – the first in Jan 2013 and a second, called New Year, in 2015 – so I feel a little late to the party.
However, it’s worth noting that their hybrid of flowery-psychedelic-indie jams are pretty damn nice, so I’d rather be late, than not show up at all.
Melodic and dreamy, the NYC band’s brand of shoegaze indie-pop is quite lovely. The jangling guitars, rolling drums, and fuzzy, distorted vocals transport you back to that amazing summer before college or university.
In the same line, LazyEyes’ tracks have a certain ‘NME club night appeal’ – which is by no means a bad thing. Their whimsical pop and catchy riffs lend themselves to the genre, and filling the basement dance floor or a small festival tent to the brim.
They don’t really offer anything new, but that’s exactly why their tunes are so great. The excited familiarity of their indie-intro’s paired with fun melodies, experimental bursts and even some mellower tones. Think Morrissey, Plastic Flowers or The Drums.
Give them a listen anyway, and see how long it takes before you find yourself humming along.