There’s an exciting ingredient to this album, very rare, and difficult to explain. From the opening track I feel a tautness, a tension in the band’s performance, and it continues for the entire album. It’s ‘anticipation’ on tape for want of a better explanation. It’s like the three piece outfit is holding itself back, containing itself, about to explode… but doesn’t. This brings the listener to the edge of their chair, adding a prescience experience to listening to a CD that is very good to begin with, and the fact that it doesn’t explode off into tangents or fireworks is joyous to my ears, demonstrating that restrain (albeit inadvertent restrain on the band’s part) can provide a winning formula.
The band themselves describe this album as “Think Booker T sharing a scotch with B.B. King at the crossroads after midnight”. I think wishing to evoke the renowned Blues “Crossroads” legend is a bridge too far, this album is a quantum leap from the Crossroads, as modern and contemporary as it gets, but Booker T sharing a drink with B.B. King…..certainly. Erica Graf is no B.B. King (nor is anybody else), but she can play her guitar let me assure you, and on this album, she shines. Beautiful guitar solos, and solid rhythm playing from go to whoa.
I’ve long felt that Mario Marino, Lazy Eye’s drummer, is the best man on the skins in South Australia, and one of my Top 5 drummers in Australia. Mario lays ‘em down like no other, I defy anyone to tell me of a better band recording in recent years, with a superior drummer, his timing and technique are impeccable, he must be a joy to have in any band. I’m sure his musicianship is an essential factor in Lazy Eye taking out the 2015 “Group of the Year” at the Australian Blues Music Awards.
“Pocket The Black” is a fine album. It has already won ARBA’s (Adelaide Roots & Blues Association’s) prestigious “Blues Album of the Year” award for 2016, and I am confident the album will go on to add to Lazy Eye’s growing (and impressive) list of accolades, rightfully so. It will stand the test of time, and history may show in later years, that “Pocket The Black” evolves into a landmark album as Lazy Eye’s reputation grows. The album is to be released on September 16, 2016. Make sure you bur a copy, no excuses, you won’t regret it.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
South Australian Soul Blues band Lazy Eye are delighted to announce an extensive tour to promote their new album Pocket The Black, which will be released on September 16 through Only Blues Music.
The album has just been awarded the 2016 Blues Album Of The Year by the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association, adding yet another accolade to Lazy Eye’s growing collection, which includes gongs for the 2013 SA Blues & Roots Best Blues Album (Move Me), Best Blues Artist (2014 South Australian Music Awards), alongside nominations for Song Of The Year (Hole In My Pocket) at the 2015 Australian Blues Music Awards, and Most Popular Blues/Roots Artist in the 2016 South Australian Music Awards.
Pocket The Black showcases perfectly Lazy Eye’s winning combination of soulful blues that melds sounds from the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Latin America and Africa via the Caribbean, all delivered with plenty of style and plenty of panache by the talented trio of Evan Whetter on vocals, organ and harmonica, Erica Graf on guitar and backing vocals and Mario Marino on drums and backing vocals.
Check out the video for the first track from the album Keepin’ On Lovin
and visit the Lazy Eye band site for further info