Interview: Lacey Cole and Sinj Clarke (Lazy Colts)

Sydney band Lazy Colts are gearing up for their national tour and release of their debut album Trojan. We got to find out a little about them and share the video for new single Twenty Two.

Hi Lacey and Sinj. Welcome to Beauty and Lace and thanks for talking to us.
How did you meet and form the band?

Lacey met the different members of the band randomly over the course of years. They all just happened to have prodigious talent and thought the songs he was writing were worth sticking around for.

Can you tell us where the name came from?

Lacey was playing under his own name Lacey Cole for a couple of years and then when the band began to grow around him the (half joke) name Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts kinda happened. Then after a year or two of people struggling to pronounce it/ hear it/ wanna have anything to do with it, we decided it was time to simplify to Lazy Colts and get on with it.


How would you describe your sound?

If you were nice you’d call it “brooding, cinematic, alt-folk drenched in romance and tension.” If you were mean you might call it “over enthusiastic funeral dirges.” If you were mean you’d be wrong.

The new single is Twenty Two, can you tell us about it?

Lacey wrote it when he was 22. It was inspired by a relationship that had all the hallmarks of a Romeo and Juliet for the modern age but mostly comprised of first world problems blown waayyyy out of proportion. The song is about perspective. Its about being young and stupid and in the end being ok about it all.

Can you tell us about the video?

The video was an idea it’s director Sarah Adamson had. In some ways it’s the female response to the song. It depicts this young 22 year old girl just hanging out being twenty two and seemingly not taking the song as seriously as the guy singing it.

How did you come to be working with Sarah Adamson?

As a band we loved what she had done with other artists like Gideon Benson and The Preatures. We thought her lo fi, cassette tape kind of aesthetic would suit the song and the music on the album in general so we approached her to do the video. It’s also probably worth mentioning that Lacey is married to her.

The debut album is Trojan, what can you tell us about it?

Trojan was a real learning experience for us. The recording process helped us take all the musical ideas we’d been developing live over the past year and really distill them down into what you hear on the album; its part cinematic, part folk and part heartland rock.

Recording was done in a slightly unusual venue, can you tell us about it and what made you choose it?

The recording was spread out between a church where we’re lucky enough to have a regular rehearsal space, Sinj’s parents house in Kurrajong, NSW and our violinist/sound engineer’s house in Newtown.
We find that recording outside of a traditional studio and in strange or unusual environments helps us take risks with the sounds we might not be afforded if we were watching the clock in a studio. It also means the sounds you capture will be a little odd whether you like it or not which I think helps create the personality of the album.

You have a national tour coming up in August, what can audiences expect?

A dramatic exploration of the album with a few surprises chucked in the mix.

Which band member is the most fun on tour?

Sinj. He’s the youngest and the one we all live vicariously through. Hopefully he will find love (or at least romance) at a stop or two along the way. We are counting on him as the muse for the next album.

What are you most looking forward to about the tour?

This will be the first time the band has hit the road in this lineup. So I’m sure there’ll be a few laughs and tears along the way. Mainly we’re just looking forward to having a few beers and sharing our music with people who haven’t had a chance to hear it yet.

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LAZY COLTS ‘TROJAN’ NATIONAL TOUR

Saturday 6 August
Wesley Anne, Northcote
18+

Sunday 7 August
Labour in Vain, Fitzroy
18+

Saturday 13 August
Sancho’s Dirty Laundry, Canberra
18+

Saturday 20 August
The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
18+

Saturday 27 August
Franks Wild Years, Thirroul
All Ages

Sunday 28 August
The Oxford Circus, Sydney
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

Sunday 4 September
Hotel Blue, Katoomba
All Ages
Tickets available from www.stickytickets.com.au

Lazy Colts can be found on the web at: WEBSITEFACEBOOK, TWITTER, BANDCAMP and SOUNDCLOUD

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