Australia’s own, The Lazys, have signed a record deal with Golden Robot Records, for the release of their new album, Tropical Hazards, outside of Canada, where the band now resides, and is one of the most talked about live acts in that country, quickly gaining a reputation for their rowdy, high-energy shows.
The release will see The Lazys hit the big road, with the album due to drop in Canada on 16 February through Warner’s HRD Records and the rest of the world via Golden Robot Records on 4 May, with their current single, Nothing But Trouble, scheduled to drop on 12 March (and was released in Canada in January).
“We are super stoked to announce we have signed with Golden Robot Records! Our new recordTropical Hazardsis now scheduled for worldwide release. It’s an Aussie attack with both the label and band sharing the passion for rock n roll and worldwide success. Get ready, the party has only just begun!”
– The Lazys
“Very excited to sign our very own Aussies based in Canada, The Lazys, to the GRR family. They join our ever-growing international roster of incredible acts that GRR will support to take their music to the world.”
– Mark Alexander-Erber, President & Founder, Golden Robot Global Entertainment
Tropical Hazards is a high-octane, hell-raising rock ‘n roll riot, written in Canada and Australia throughout 2017 with Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and produced by D’Sa and Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Danko Jones, Monster Truck), including months of gruelling pre-production where the band and D’Sa (who the guys refer to as the sixth member of the band) would painstakingly craft lyrics together. “He wouldn’t settle for a one-hour brainstorm on one line,” says Leon. “He’d settle for a day.”
The result is a 10-track album that’s unabashedly outrageous, packed with classic songs about wild nights, pretty girls, heartbreak, and resilience, and it picks up where The Lazys left off in 2015 with their Top 10 Canadian singles, Shake It Like You Mean It and Black Rebel.
When those songs first smashed onto radio, fans could be forgiven for thinking they were hearing a brand new band. Fact is, these guys had been paying their dues back in Australia since 2006, where Leon Harrison and Matty Morris met while playing in local garage bands. They released a few EPs before packing bags and heading for New York City to record…then things took a surprising turn in Toronto at Canadian Music Week.
“To be honest, we took the risk of our lives,” explains Leon. “We had three shows booked in 24 hours. The first was 3 a.m. at the Horseshoe. We went out on stage and did what we had done for 10 years at home to 10 people, but it just started a buzz. Something had clicked.”
Their second gig attracted prominent booking agent Ralph James (APA), who signed them on the spot! At their third, Ian D’Sa, guitarist for Billy Talent, who became an instant fan and soon a collaborator. The band and D’Sa co-wrote Shake it Like You Mean It and Black Rebel over Skype between Australia and Canada, then recorded the tracks in Vancouver with GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers). The songs were added to the already completed self-titled album, and released on Pheromone Recordings (Joel Plaskett, The Dears). “And they went Top 10. Which is crazy,” says Matty. “From all of that, we built a relationship with Ian, then decided to do a full album together.”
Having recently relocated to Toronto full-time, the band can certainly be considered honorary Canadians. And the journey that began 10 years ago in Australia is still just getting started. Says Matty, “Since the early days, being in a rock band is all we’ve ever wanted to do. We’ve shown how much love we can offer to people if they give us a chance and Canada has done that for us. It’s kind of insane when we think about all that support. But now it’s time to show the world.”
Leon Harrison – Vocals
Matty Morris – Lead Guitar
Glenn Williams – Bass
Liam Shearer – Rhythm Guitar
Andy Nielsen – Drums
Australians love Halsey. Whether it’s that unmistakable voice, her take-no-prisoners attitude, or her irreverent approach to social media, there’s something about the way this 23-year-old New Jersey native operates that we just can’t get enough of. Luckily for us, the feeling is mutual, as a blockbuster Australian tour is announced on the back of the Grammy nominated singer’s latest chart topping record hopeless fountain kingdom.
As far as debut albums go, 2015’s Badlandscouldn’t really have fared any better. Certified Platinum in the US and Gold in Australia, the UK and Canada, it was truly a worldwide phenomenon. Followed up by the international hit Closer with The Chainsmokers, which is now 12X Platinum in Australia.
Immediately after launching itself into the top 10 in 40+ countries worldwide & being the first number 1 album from by female in the US in 2017, hopeless fountain kingdom held a special significance for Halsey’s fans. Singles like Bad At Loveand Now Or Nevershowcase a connection between artist and audience that is increasingly rare in today’s musical landscape. The record’s wild ambition and musical abandon has seen it garner breathless reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and NME and recently saw Halsey grace the cover of Billboard, Paper & Playboy Magazine.
And if that wasn’t enough, Halsey just released Him & I – a modern tale of rebellion and reckless love with rapper G-Eazy (who is also her boyfriend).
Last in Australia earlier this year on a promotional visit, Halsey sent the internet into meltdown when she hinted at a full national run. That day has finally come as huge shows in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane are announced, returning hopeless fountain kingdomto the fans it was lovingly written for, and ensuring Halsey maintains her permanent place in Australian hearts.
Joining Halsey in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be special guest acclaimed R&B songstress, Grammy nominated Kehlani – bringing her huge SweetSexySavagealbum back to Australia. Likened to Frank Ocean, Kehlani, along with right-hand-man producer Jahaan Sweet, shares Ocean’s auteuristic vision and plainspoken eloquence. A distinctive performer owning her own style, that seemingly everyone is attempting.
Secret Sounds & triple j Present HALSEY 2018 TOUR With special guest Kehlani* *not playing Perth PRESALE: 9AM MON 18 DEC – 8AM TUE 19 DEC LOCAL TIME GENERAL ONSALE: 9AM TUE 19 DEC LOCAL TIME
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