North Carolina's Lazaris Pit offer a garage rock fest on 'Coniphers' album
"Lazaris Pit takes us on a journey to the past, while firmly grounded in the present – their raucous live aesthetic summons the spirit and vibe of Dinosaur Jr., Weezer, The Dubrovniks and Green Day, with a dose of wit from Ween or Sultans of Ping. This is the sound that has become a classic college rock staple for a good reason – the same reason why ‘Memes’ and ‘Cloudsculpting’ should be your daily wake-up call or motivation music" – Big Takeover Magazine
Raleigh-based rock outfit Lazaris Pit present their new 'Coniphers' album, an 8-track offering recorded live in studio, showcasing a band playing like a pack of hungry dogs, sinking their teeth into a meaty T-bone for the first time in ages.
Formed in June 2017, this self-named "pack of cosmic dogs" consists of Ely "Salted Sweet Cream" Yarbrough (guitar and lead vocals), Cameron "Sugarfoot" Preston (bass) and Jon "Dok Tok" Castro (drums and backing vocals).
Recorded and mixed by Artem Smirnov at Common Thread Studios in Raleigh from November 2019 to January 2020 with additional engineering and creative input from Michael Graziano and Matt Graham, this album was mastered by Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio.
'Our album 'Coniphers' is named after a brother of ours lost along the way. Included are 8 tracks of the good stuff, heady grooves and sweet pop tunes, funk breakdowns to zero gravity ambience…. 42 minutes of rock n roll," says Cameron Preston.
Earlier, the band released the lead single 'You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore', a modern-day break-up song, often detached from the moments that make life worth living and musing on the deeper workings of it all with the grim reality that someone important has moved on. The video rendition of this single was performed live in Athens, Georgia.
The B-side 'Cloudsculpting' showcases another facet of this album, evoking the image of spending a dreamy tranquil day, gazing up at the clouds and imagining what it might be like to live peacefully high up in the fluff and blue sky.
Lazaris Pit freely improvises a dreamy blend of punk, funk, soul, psychedelia, reggae, jazz, noise, and ambience into a one-of-a-kind dance party. The result: a mind meld of musical tapestries that take the listener on an emotional journey through time and space, and ourselves in the process.
They've brought their unique brand of rock-n-roll far and wide, having played shows up and down the east coast and southeast from Philly to Atlanta and New York to New Orleans, their sound filling large festival fields, historic college campuses, and the most intimate of dive bars and clubs.
Noting music aesthetic and sound inspirations in the sense of a launch pad rather than as blueprints, Lazaris Pit' counts Fugazi and Grateful Dead among their inspirations, as well as classic R&B, Phish, Curtis Mayfield, Cream, Pink Floyd, Ween, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Primus, Flaming Lips, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo.
As of May 22, the 'Coniphers' album will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Recorded and mixed by Artem Smirnov at Common Thread Studios, Raleigh NC
Additional engineering and creative input from Michael Graziano and Matt Graham
Mastered by Alex Kretov at Ummagma Studio
Album artwork by Nicole “Henry Gozoozu” Boyle
All lyrics and music by Lazaris Pit (Yarbrough, Preston, Castro)
Photos by Travis Merchant