This Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised multi-talent will transport you to his sonic world and make it look easy.
On this year’s Letters EP, London based four-piece Lazy Day truly come into their own. From the force of grunge-infused opener Double j to the pained introspection of Mostly Me, the band have cemented their growth from Tilly Scantlebury’s original solo project to something altogether more sprawlingly powerful.
Lazy Day are vocalist Tilly Scantlebury, drummer Beni Evans, guitarist Liam Hoflay, and bassist Kris Lavin.
Dream-pop at its most raw, Lazy Day offer a beautiful blend of hushed vocals over ethereal guitar work that effortlessly propels the music towards the stars. Simultaneously whimsical and undeniably powerful, the four-piece deliver an ebb and flow of vocal crashes and drawn out soundscapes, indebted to indie but offering so much more.
Lazy Day began life in 2014 as the reflective solo bedroom project of vocalist Tilly Scantlebury, and quickly grew to where they are now. Their debut, 2017’s Ribbons was the product of the end of a five-year relationship, allowing Tilly to look back at the past with a mixture of sadness and understanding. This year’s follow-up EP Letters is equally as hopeful. Lead single Double j, the punchy grunge-tinged opener, is nothing short of a celebration of friendship.
“I wrote Double j about my best friend and how she gets me through a lot,” said Tilly earlier this year when unveiling the track. “It feels really good to talk about her strength and all that it does for me, especially shouting about it in the big choruses. These are the happiest lyrics I’ve ever written, and I wanted the music to properly reflect that – to be a fierce celebration of friendship.”
Having teamed up with Beni Evans, Liam Hoflay and Kris Lavin (the most recent addition to the band), Tilly has wrapped both these positive and negative emotions in a dream-like grunge package that perfectly portrays the contradictions of emotions.
Live, Lazy Day have already joined the likes of Jay Som, Alex Lahey and Amber Arcades on the road, with a fair share of headline shows under their belt too. Having played The Great Escape Festival at the start of May and Camden Rocks the following month, their summer also sees them appear at Community Festival and Kendal Calling, among others.
Their biggest shows to date are also on the horizon, joining indie veterans Bloc Party across the summer.
Where can I see Lazy Day live?
As well as a number of festival appearances and their time with Bloc Party, Lazy Day will hit the road for a headline tour later this year. They’ll also be performing at Glasgow’s Tenement Trail, offering music across various venues in the city.
Here are those dates:
12 October 2019 – Tenement Trail, Glasgow
31 October 2019 – The Boileroom, Guildford
1 November 2019 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
2 November 2019 – The Cookie, Leicester
7 November 2019 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
8 November 2019 – Jimmy’s, Manchester
9 November 2019 – Sound Basement, Liverpool
Find tickets for select Lazy Day dates now at TicketWeb.co.uk.