From the beginning of new single ‘Can’t Help It’, Sleepy Lizard seduce. With their 70’s ballad throwback vibes and masterful hold on melody, the young Adelaide band have returned with their catchiest effort yet. The five-piece, who have been consistently making a name for themselves locally, present a strong snapshot of their thriving creative dynamic as they look ahead to a busy second half of 2019.
‘Can’t Help It’ is a yearner, a song perfect for the lusting, the lovelorn and the tragic romantics at heart. Led by Bill Meegan’s rich vocal tone, it’s hard not to be swept up in nostalgic dream-ballad vibes when hearing him sing of a well-known narrative; knowing one would be better off moving on, but failing to pull themselves out of the suffocating binds of blind love. “The song is about the difficulty faced trying to move on after a breakup. It’s the tale of a dope-sick, love junkie.”
Bill Meegan, Sleepy Lizard
Recorded with Adelaide music production legend Matt Hills (Horror My Friend, Wolf & Cub), Sleepy Lizard were in the best of hands when it came to realising their new music in the studio. Well known for live-tracking and capturing that live essence on record, Hills’ touch on ‘Can’t Help It’ provided an extra level of finesse to the final product. “Recording with Matt was great. He really makes you feel comfortable in the studio and is such a guru behind the desk.”
Olivia Bozzon, Sleepy Lizard
With a sonic charm akin to Client Liaison, Touch Sensitive and Set Mo, Sleepy Lizard’s music is steeped in layered harmonies, rich arrangements and huge amounts of respect paid to their influences. Each instrument has its time to shine on record, whether it be in Meegan and Dion Carbone’s careening guitar work, Olivia Bozzon on keys, Dan Clohesy’s sax presence or the rhythm section shared between Nick Bart and Ayden Aba on bass and drums respectively, Sleepy Lizard have plotted out a strong framework for success.
The music video for ‘Can’t Help It’ matches the nostalgic vibes of the track, injecting humour and cheek into a live recording down at Twin Earth Studios, directed by Harry Nelli. “The video pokes fun at those ridiculous 70’s/80’s studio clips. I had a blast creating all of the characters, and it was difficult not to burst out laughing whilst we were shooting.” Harry Nelli
PRAISE FOR SLEEPY LIZARD
“The electronic/indie rock melodic tunes they were spitting out were something completely out of this world. The band definitely got the crowd swaying and dancing almost in a trance, absolutely enticed by their performance.”
This is Radelaide
“The satisfaction factor is at the stratosphere with this single. The vocals to the guitar strums, and to the organs, ‘Street Signs’ is what ends your weekend on a great note.”
Come Here Floyd (‘Street Signs’, 2017)
Sleepy Lizard are bringing their new jam to life for the first time in June, with an unmissable hometown launch at the iconic Exeter Hotel. Supported by Hey Harriett and Sturt Avenue, the band’s debut of ‘Can’t Help It’ will be a funk-laden party for the books. Open invite, come fall in love.
SLEEPY LIZARD ‘CAN’T HELP IT’ SINGLE LAUNCH
Saturday 15th June Exeter Beer Garden Adelaide
with Hey Harriett, Sturt Avenue
‘Can’t Help It’ is released Friday June 7th 2019.