Lazer Boy were an indie band from Leeds who were initially active between 1995 and 1998.  Their sound seems to be influenced by Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. They are active once again with a new album called 4. In the intervening 21 years they have released albums under the names Geese, Frozen Geese, 3eese and Congregation

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Lazer Boy 4 by Lazer Boy
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7/10 Will 15 October 2019

Lazer Boy were a Leeds-based indie band active from around 1996-98. They're now back with an album over twenty years later in the form of 'Lazy Boy 4'. It's a reunion that puts them in the same time bracket as the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain. It's always nice to see hatchets being buried and olive branches fondled.

'Lazer Boy 4' is a pretty spacey, 60s-tinged record which will sate fans of Pink Floyd circa Syd Barrett and Spacemen 3. This album, consisting of five songs, is made up, for the most part, of scraps of songs and what feel like extended improvisations or jams. There's not much singing, aside from opener 'Hard Times Are Over', a Yoko Ono and John Lennon cover, and a couple of strange spoken-word pieces covering all sorts of acidic fare like 'clocks' and 'cows' and 'the moon'. The cover is probably my favourite song from the album, it's sweetly orchestral and meandering.

The closer, '319-392', is a gigantic, five-part song that stretches on for seventeen minutes. It feels like a mix of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips. It's very proggy, with some nice pastoral folk guitar and drum machines. I suppose it's an homage to those weird Floyd albums that had four or so short songs and one huge keystone piece that went on for ages. 

It's an interesting and somewhat beguiling album and I'd quite like to see how this translates live. 



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