Gimme Noise caught up with the band before their album release at the 7th St. Entry on Monday to chat about how the music has evolved since the band met on Craigslist, and saying goodbye to their long-time cellist at the album release show.
You began as a project to bring Oz's music to life. How do you think the band has evolved over the last three years?
Oz: The band has evolved from just me and some mellow folk songs, and then Dave joined the project a few years ago around the time I was looking to record those songs. Now we are a five-piece band that practices weekly in the basement of a daycare center. So, things have really come full circle.
Is it more of a collaborative effort now?
Oz: It's always been pretty collaborative, everyone writes their own parts to the songs. But, a big difference has just been being able to get together with the same people for a year or more and work out parts together and play the songs live for a while before we even thought about recording them.
Why do you feel there was this shift?
Oz: I think it came pretty naturally. There was never a discussion on what kind of music we wanted to play going forward, but I do think I wanted to play music that people could move to a little more. That was probably a product of what we'd been listening to, and also wanting to bring a little more energy to our live set. But there's still a soft spot for a good slow burner or folk song.
Where do you see this project in the next few years?
Oz: I could see a multitude of possibilities. I think given the current state of music our best hope is to have an old rich couple ask us to be the house band on their yacht and we'll sail around with them for a while. Also, we already are working on new stuff that's got a little different vibe to it, and we've talked about doing an experimental instrumental EP with each member writing a song.
Can you tell me the story behind the catchy -- almost pop-ish -- "From Cripple Creek to Paradise"?
Oz: I don't recall the exact time I was writing it, but I've always been drawn to characters that are willing to boldly pursue love, particularly when it's not assured. This was also a time where I'd increasingly become disenchanted with how highly our culture values money, so it was an easy parallel to have the main character be an unsatisfied gold miner that dreams of a more fulfilling life outside of the material.
What track from the new album do you feel represents the band's sound most?
Oz: I'm not really sure, but I'd probably say "Dr. Joseph," as it lies somewhere between the folk-pop stuff and the fuzzy-rock
Any favorite tracks?
Dave Donovan: "Dr. Joseph" stands out to me with how tight the parts fit together, contrasted by some of the more ambient moments on the album.
Oz: Probably "Strange Vessel" and "Acid Tree." We did some really weird stuff on both of those tracks, and I love songs with textures you don't always hear on the first listen.
What are you excited to share at the album release show?
Oz: It's our last show with our cellist Edie before she heads west, so we will probably just have her rip solos most of the night with some Carl Sagan monologues to glue it all together.
Chris Michaels: Let's get weird.
The Lazy Kids will release Tunnel Visions at the 7th St. Entry on Monday, October 20, 2014 with skittish, Graveyard Club.
18+, $5, 7:30 p.m.