The darkly melodic, reverb-drenched instrumentals that Brooklyn's three-piece band Big Lazy will bring to The Hole in the Wall Saturday, Feb. 19, are at once a familiar yet refreshing, brand-new stream-of-consciousness voyage into the subterranean. Full of meaty tunes, the band's latest eponymous 11-cut CD is generally straight-ahead in its arrangements. But there are eerie twists and turns galore that easily hook a listener.
Part Link Wray rumble, part surf-guitar hot dog, part Psychedelic Furs weird, and part gentle melody, Big Lazy twangs its way through much musical territory on this disc. The group combines the tonal nuances of Stephen Ulrich's guitar, Paul Dugan's string bass and Tamir Muskat's drums with samples to create ever-changing moods that work with the wicked charm of a stroll through an evil amusement-park fun house.
Formerly known as Lazy Boy, the band had to change its name a year or so back when the furniture company of the same name forced the band to drop the moniker. Sound like a lot of sweat over nothing by some big-shot executives with not enough to do? Well, the name switch didn't dampen the enthusiasm these three New Yorkers have for their brand of sinewy, slinky music. Their efforts were recently rewarded with a 20-minute spot on National Public Radio, good reviews in the New Yorker and Village Voice, and a featured tune on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Streets." Maybe a little head-to-head with corporate America doesn't hurt. If the latest independent CD on Tasankee Records is any indication, Big Lazy's show at The Hole in the Wall will be worth checking
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