Rising Sydney four-piece The Lazy Eyes today share “Tangerine” off their forthcoming debut EP. “Tangerine” balances the band’s breezy, vintage pop-inspired melodies with a blistering guitar solo climax worthy of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, covering a wealth of musical ground across its 3-minute run-time in a kaleidoscopic blur.
“Tangerine” follows The Lazy Eyes’ debut release “Cheesy Love Song,” which drew praise from NME, i-D, The Line Of Best Fit, and more.
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 a local Sydney 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.
Of the track’s origins, the band says: “‘Tangerine’ is the first original we ever learned 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. 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 Mag and more off the back of their much-talked-about showcases at BIGSOUND 2019 (Australia’s SXSW), The Lazy Eyes are solidifying this reputation with audiences, taking their constantly morphing, playfully jam-filled live show national with future festival appearances at the Sydney leg of Laneway, as well as Farmer & the Owl and Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for rescheduled international live appearances as well.
“Tangerine” by The Lazy Eyes is out now – buy/stream it here.
SELECTED 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.”
“It’s as promising an opening salvo as I’ve encountered by any band in years past, and the four-piece showcases an innate understanding of elegant songwriting that packs an emotional punch.”
Brightest Young Things