Lifting the veil on ‘The Island‘s making, the band share: “The Island was written about a place where none of The Lazy Eyes band members have been in real life, and acts as the sequel to The Seaside. An imaginary island that is a sort of utopia but is also filled with mystery. The writing process and a demo recording took place in Harvey’s childhood bedroom as he recalls – ‘All I remember was recording a terrible demo on GarageBand and really struggling to sing it because I had a cold that day. It’s interesting to hear the demo these days because you can hear the parts before they were refined as a result of playing the song over and over live. The demo also doesn’t include the final guitar melody which was added by Itay in a rehearsal and really finished the song off with a bang.”
The Lazy Eyes are Harvey Geraghty (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Itay Shachar (vocals, guitar), Leon Karagic (bass) and Noah Martin (drums). At 15 years old, they met at a performing arts high school which provided fertile ground to pursue their creative endeavours. In the time since, the group have built a cult following with their magnetic live set. Long before their debut single, word of them spread like wildfire. This eventually reached the BBC’s Abbie McCarthy who aired the then unreleased ‘Cheesy Love Song‘ during a takeover on Australia’s national youth broadcaster, triple j. In the year that followed, their debut EP saw The Lazy Eyes sell out headline shows, amass a combined 3 million streams and receive praise from Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson, Bandcamp, Atwood Magazine, American Songwriter, Monster Children, land at #17 on triple j Unearthed’s Top 50 Most Played Artists of 2020 and many more.
In the time since, the group have worked hard to finesse their craft, with EP2 working to show how much more the music students had to offer following their acclaimed debut that landed The Lazy Eyes on the coveted NME 100 for 2021. Initially written while still in high school, it was only until recently that the songs of EP2 were taken to the recording studio. The band share “These are the first tracks we recorded using Ableton (previously using GarageBand) which opened up a whole lot more possibilities. These new tools inspired us to make our recordings more tapestry-like, inspired by albums like Bon Voyage by Melody’s Echo Chamber.” The response so far? Praise from V Man, Complex, Happy Mag, Gigwise, NME, KCRW, Alt Citizen, FBi Radio, Double J and Unearthed, Spin, Dublab, Northern Transmissions and others for ‘Nobody Taught Me‘ and ‘Where’s My Brain???‘; plus rave reviews for Lazyfest from the Sydney Morning Herald, Life Without Andy and more anticipation for their upcoming appearance at Bris Day Out. If EP2 saw The Lazy Eyes find their feet, there’s no doubt their jackpot will come faster than most anticipate.
EP2 is out now via The Orchard, buy/stream it here.
Wed 11 Aug – Bris Day Out @ The Brightside – Meanjin / Brisbane
Sat 4 Sep – King St Carnival – Warrang / Sydney
Tickets available at thelazyeyes.com