It’s time again to take a jump back over the pond and feature a band from the mother country. What caught my attention about this band are the bass heavy tunes, faintly reminiscent of many of the 80’s The Cure tunes. However these guys lace their bass heavy lines with killer rhythms and sweet hooks. Badass Band 38 is Go Lazarus.
Go Lazarus came across my twitter feed through another band from England that I follow, but then actually brought themselves to my ear holes by sending me the link to their soundcloud page. I am glad they did. They only have one EP out, ‘3 Strikes’, which features four tunes that showcase the potential of this band so well. The first one I listened to was ‘Ariel Said’ and this was one of those songs that just hit me at the perfect time in my life to be able to relate to it, especially boasting the hook, “I saw your heart, tune in and tune out. ” I went on to listen to ‘3 Strikes’, and ‘SOS’ which again boast excellent hooks, delivered through smooth, clear vocals. It helps that I am a sucker for an English accent when it comes to vocals. The speed variance of the rhythm and guitar is killer, it keeps you bobbing along until a climax is built each time and then the chorus provides the epic release. The fourth and final track on the EP helps to solidify their musical range. The 4am mix of ‘3 Strikes’ slows it down considerably and leans more guitar heavy. The remix is a entirely different song other than the lyrics, but somehow still just as rad, which us not typical of remixes in my experience.
GL is made up of three killer musicians, Adam Chatwin, Bass, Dan Carnevale, Drums, and Anthony McAteer, Guitar/Vocals. I cannot wait to see what these guys crank out with their full length debut album, which they are working on currently. Clearly, I have not seen them live, but I did find the stop animation video for ‘SOS’ on youtube and it is entertaining, fitting, and it will make you laugh. To me, if a video an communicate that, I am sure these guys are killer with an audience.
Adam was kind enough to take some time to answer some questions for BBB so read on and get to know Go Lazarus! Find out how their tunes will make you rock, dance and smooch all within the space of 3 minutes, what activity they all did together aside from music, and what band they would feature on BBB!
When and why did each of you start playing?
We all began playing music at school because we grew up in the heady days of Britpop. Oasis and Nirvana were the bands that really inspired all of us. We started playing together when we were at college but took a break while we completed our degrees and went travelling. We started again in 2007 but only stepped it up last year when we recorded our debut EP.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?
Growing up it was all Oasis, Pulp, Longpigs etc and that music was great because the best bands had a sense of melody that we hope carries through to our music, but our tastes soon changed to the heavier ends of the spectrum. At The Drive-In turned me (Adam) on to post-hardcore music and from there I started to listen to Braid, Slint, Spy Versus Spy – music that did the loud/quiet thing brilliantly with time-changes all over the shop and I still love all of this today. Dan (drums) loves AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, John Mayer and Ant’s (vocals/guitar) into a bit of everything including house music which is where the dance-influence comes into our music.
Which musicians do you admire? Why?
For a start, Dan wants to be John Bonham. That guy was amazing behind the kit. I love Jimi Hendrix, and Noel Redding definitely influences my playing as well as people like Mani. I hate just playing root notes on the bass and I find that as a 3-piece, I’m freed up to play more melodic basslines that ‘fill-the-gap’ and make us sound fuller. Ant loves the way Nick McCabe plays the guitar which explains the plethora of pedals that he has.
Why the name Go Lazarus?
We’d booked our first gig without a band name and as the time was getting closer and closer we were searching frantically for a fitting name. Sleepwalk Capsules by At The Drive-In is an awesome song and this talks about Lazarus in the lyrics. We thought this was a pretty apt dude to talk about because we used to play together years before and now we’d ‘come back from the dead’. We stuck the ‘Go’ on the front because it sounded good. We’re lucky we didn’t call ourselves ‘Go Lazarus! Wooooh!’
Do you get nervous before a show?
Drinking usually fixes this problem.
Any rituals before a show?
Not really. We played with a band once and they were warming up, doing sit-ups, practicing scales; that is not the way we do it! We like to turn up, have a laugh, have a drink and rock out. We might play a bit better if we did all the warming up but we wouldn’t have as much fun playing the gig.
Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.
Expect to get your dancing shoes on and have a good time! We love people to get involved and interact with us when we’re on stage so don’t be afraid to give us a shout. Visually, Dan’s the looker of the band so we sit him at the back out of the way haha. I’m the typical busy-handed tall bass player and Ant is bundle of energy. It frustrates Ant that he’s tethered to the mic because otherwise he’d be all over the stage.
How does your creative process typically work?
Ant writes the skeleton of the tunes and brings them to practice and over the course of a few weeks they’re slowly morphed into something worth taking onto the stage. Some songs come together really quickly – we started a new one last night that I’m sure will be gig-ready next week, but we were also kicking one around that we’ve been playing for nearly 3 months! It’s gonna be a winner so we’re sticking with it but perseverance can feel like a bitch sometimes.
What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?
For 3 years or so, we were just kicking around locally doing gigs wherever we could and then last year we recorded our debut ‘3 Strikes’ EP and the response we’ve had has been fantastic. We’ve been playlisted on Canadian and Australian radio, had a 45-minute American podcast dedicated to us and been all over loads of internet radio stations elsewhere. We’ve also been covered by a lot of different blogs, had quite a lot of reviews and had sales around the world. The best thing about it all is that people are genuinely liking the stuff we’ve done and the buzz this gives you is bigger than any of all this. It’s people’s opinions that give you the impetus to get back in the studio and get more stuff out there. This is why we’re hoping to record and release our debut album this year. It’s addictive!
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
The biggest challenge for us has to be releasing our EP. It was financed and released by ourselves and we had no idea where to start but we ended up getting it on iTunes (and everywhere else) and Spotify, and getting a CD version out with amazing artwork. Learning how to do all this was a nightmare but now we know how to do it we can’t wait to do it again and we’ve even talked of setting up a label to put out some other bands that are finding them in the same boat as we were.
What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you in the coming year?
Short-term we want to make a video for Ariel Said, one of the tracks off our EP and we’re busy writing new songs. Towards the end of the year we want to record our debut album and release that. We’ve laid off the gigs for a couple of months while we’re writing new material but we’re gonna step this up in the summer and carry that on to the end of the year. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll hear about all the gigs there first! See you there!
Why should people listen to your band? What makes you unique? If your band had a slogan, what would it be?
If you like the sound of The Cure, Bloc Party, At The Drive-In and The Music having a massive party in the middle of England you’ll like us! We’re unique because we’ve got tunes that’ll make you rock, dance and smooch all within the space of 3 minutes! Our slogan would be ‘Go Lazarus: This Is Our Time’
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Major labels seem so keen on snapping up what could be the next big thing rather than signing bands that they actually like. I believe this is why most bands get dropped after album #2 (if they even get to make album #2). If bands received the backing they deserved from the labels they would get to mature and you’d get bands like The Horrors, Bombay Bicycle Club and Mystery Jets who are all making progressively better albums, building up solid fan bases and who can expect to have more of a career and maybe save rock music from this disposable one-hit wonder time that we live in today.
Any plans to make it to the states anytime soon?
This is something we’d love to do in the future! No plans as yet but we’ve got some friends over there and it’d be great to hook up and do some shows over there.
One song you never get tired of.
Bloc Party – Helicopter
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
Alexisonfire – Nottingham Rock City 2011 (the only gig all three of us have been to together) .
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
We went through a stage of cycling together but that died a death when the cold weather set in. We do spend an inordinate amount of time in pubs though.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
Roger Rabbit – obvious reasons.
My Sky+ box filled with films that I’ll never have the time to see
What kind of jobs did you have before (or currently) you were in the music industry?
Ant is a team leader for a logistics company. Adam is an engineer for a large automotive company. Dan travels around fixing machines
If you ran Badass Bands Blog what is one band you would feature (other than yourselves, of course)?
There are some really good bands rising up from England at the minute so I expect the next few years to good for music generally but I’d love to cover The Stone Roses comeback.
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