Life’s A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!
It’s rare you hear a band these days that you can’t immediately pigeon hole but Bad for Lazarus definitely left me a bit….confused.
The one thing that stood out for me instantly were the vocals. Very catchy, good harmonies and distinctive and I’ve always said, if you have a distinctive vocalist you’re half way there. This reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Musically, I hear several influences – Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters mixed with some techno influences makes for an interesting concoction. It didn’t grip me straight away but it grew on me quickly. It’s groovy, quirky and fun to listen to.
These guys don’t sound like a band that takes themselves too seriously with song titles such as, ‘disco biscuits (for breakfast)’ and ‘got your nose’ but make no mistake, these are well constructed songs.
My only criticism (if you can call it that) is that the production is a bit rough but there is so much going on at times that it doesn’t take away much from the listening experience. This album definitely keeps you on your toes throughout, so many twists and turns you could quite easily get lost but it’s one hell of a trip.
I look forward to the next instalment already because based on what I’ve just listened to, the skies the limit and anything could happen.
Life’s a carnival….life is a carnival indeed. Bang! Bang! bang!
Stand out tracks: ‘The Twenty Four’, ‘No Cigar’, ‘Old Rats on a New Ship’
Review by The Purple Piper.