I know Fridays are always insanely busy with new releases and you want to hear everything by everyone and there’s just not enough time in the day. That being said, I really think you should carve out the thirteen minutes it takes to listen to Little Lazy’s new EP ‘Breakout (Live)’. I know, I know, I always bash live albums because, well, if I want to hear a band live, I’ll just go see them perform but ‘Breakout (Live)’ is different.
“Dizzy” kicks off this EP and I instantly loved that this was recorded live. I feel it adds a sense of grit and swagger that you just wouldn’t get from a recording studio session and that’s what Little Lazy’s sound is all about. I seriously can not emphasize the swagger that this duo has with their songwriting and sound alike. Most times, swagger and attitude just comes from the delivery of a song but, as laid out in “Dizzy”, Little Lazy brings it to the table with their word choice as well. You should know by now that I’m not going to give the lyrics away because, obviously, I want you to listen to their music but, in this song in particular, pay attention to the words to understand what I’m trying to say here.
The second track, “Miracle”, on this four track release continues with the swagger but brings a bit more of a groove to the picture which I found completely infectious. With influences ranging from Arctic Monkeys to The Black Keys but with a bit more of a southern vibe, I instantly fell in love with the energy I got from this song. Although I am sitting at my desk as I write this, I felt the undeniable need to get up from my chair and dance through this song like an idiot when listening to it for a second time. Honestly, it was a bit of a workout as it’s a three minute song and the beat is fast but it was perfect. Again, the live quality of the recording only enhances the overall feel of Little Lazy when it comes to this song.
Things slow down quite a bit for “Daytime Shakes” which has an echoey start that instantly transported me to a small club which is exactly where I would want to see this band. There’s just something so intimate about their sound even though it has power behind it. That sounds weird, I’ll admit, but, when you listen to the intro of this track, you’ll get it. Just when I thought we were going to settle into a more somber track, the guitar amps it up and gives you a super bluesy anthem. Whereas “Miracle” seemed to focus on the groove of this band, “Daytime Shakes” focuses more on the blues influence that can be heard throughout all four of these tracks. Although a different side of the band, this song is still clearly that of Little Lazy.
The band closes off this flawless release with “Lights on!” which, at first, almost sounds like it could lead into a Black Sabbath song but, instead, just shows us a bit of the darker side of the band. Although a bit darker, there’s also something a bit more commercial about this song that I just couldn’t place. Maybe it was the emotion that came through in the grungy feeling vocals or maybe it was the perfect drum tone throughout the song– regardless, out of all of the tracks on this release, this is the one that I think would draw the most people into this band.
I tend to stray away from live recordings. It’s nothing against the bands that do them but I just feel like the recordings end up feeling a bit rough. That’s not at all the case for Little Lazy. Either they were just super on the day of this show or they are truly just this polished (I think it’s the latter and Little Lazy is just a super solid act), regardless– they really nailed it with this EP and all four of these songs will absolutely be going into the daily playlist of my life instantly.
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