The Lazy Calm
Shimmering synths, euphoric beats, perfect summer harmonies: it has to be Tim & Jean, whose pristine synth-pop anthems ‘Come around', 'I Can Show You' and 'Veronika' were unearthed and championed by Triple J and were big draws at Splendour in the Grass, Falls and many other festivals around the country.
What started out as two friends jamming in a bedroom has been transformed into a full, four-piece outfit with a new name – The Lazy Calm. The name comes from one of the band’s favourite Cocteau Twins songs. Change is good for the soul – and 2013 will unleash a whole new chapter for these guys.
The first taste is The Lazy Calm’s new single “Where Are You Going Now”, which is set for release on November 9, 2012.
The Lazy Calm is made up of Tim Ayre on Keyboards and Vocals, Alvyn Tan Guitars, Keyboards and production duties, Jade Masters on Drums and Lewis Moody on Keyboards. They’ve been playing together for over 2 years. As Tim and Jean they graced festival stages and sold out shows around Australia and UK. By the time Jean decided to step down the rest of the band had already written most of the new album.
“Alvyn and I had been collaborating on songs and Alvyn was pulling all the production together in the studio. I’ve been interested in vocal chopping, really pushing my vocals and using it as an instrument,” Tim says of the joyful summer ode, all fizzy beats, addictive heights and classic Tim & Jean keys. “It’s a pop song, but I wanted the drums to be a bit distorted, industrial almost– hopefully fans will recognise it’s us instantly.”
The new album which is self-produced will be released early 2013. “It’s a step forward for us – we’ve been developing new sounds and pushing the guitar dynamic, we wanted to make it more organic – but overall we do what feels natural to us and create songs that make us move and hopefully these songs will have a similar impact on our audience”
The band is now keen to get out of the studio and start playing shows. “It’s without doubt the thing we live for and we’ve really missed it while we’ve been stuck in the studio” adds Tim. Their first gig as The Lazy Calm will appropriately be on New Year’s day with Pnau at the Belvoir Amphitheatre in Perth; The start of a new year and a whole new beginning for The Lazy Calm.
“Over the past 3 years we’ve experienced a lot, spent time in America and the UK as well as seeing so much of Australia. We’ve met lots of great bands and musicians and it’s had a big impact on us. The sounds we’re using are really quite different; it’s a band now, not just a couple of producers.”