Bad Vibrations and Bird On The Wire are delighted to welcome enigmatic six-piece Lazarus Kane to Peckham's Bussey Building on 7th October 2021! They've just returned with the whip smart post-pop of "Milk At My Door", a colourful collision of new-wave eccentricity paired to an irresistible hook about a "next episode". The Bristolians also give us a first taster of their debut EP, coming late September on So Young's brand new label imprint (Folly Group, Lime Garden).
It’s often hard with Lazarus Kane to know where the line between sincerity and irony truly lies. They’ve been called everything from high-concept performance art to disco provocateurs, but it is perhaps this sense of uneasy mystery that sets them apart. In an industry often plagued by a dour self-seriousness surrounding art and the creative process, Lazarus Kane emerged as a breath of fresh air in 2019 with their Speedy Wunderground single ‘Narcissus’, a strutting, rhythmic exploration into the superficiality of modern life. They followed this up with the inescapable strut of ‘Night Walking’ in 2020, further blurring the expectations of what a band could, or should, do.
So where now in 2021, with the world on pause? For front man Ben Jakes, FKA as the eponymous Lazarus Kane, the answer was simple. Rip everything up and start again.
“It felt disingenuous to continue the character with the current state of the world” he says. “Instead, I wanted to really hold a mirror to the often darkly comedic and surreal ways in which we deal with difficult situations, especially within our often extremely comfortable, materially focused and self-absorbed lives”.
Taking cues from early Brian Eno, no wave, 80’s hardcore and experimental electronic music, such as Biosphere and Cluster, the songs weave and morph in front of the listener with little to no indication of where they might go next, all whilst maintaining Jakes' surreal sense of humour.
Alongside the new single and EP announcement, Lazarus Kane have also announced their first-ever headline tour for October 2021, which will follow on from their tour with PVA and Folly Group in July and festival appearances including Wide Awake Festival and End Of The Road.
Presented by Bad Vibrations.
This is an 18+ event