We’ve missed Lazy Genius – prolific promoters with a passion for bringing the choicest new indie cuts to the city. They’d sort of disappeared a bit from our radars. But they’re back.
We spoke to Tom Valentine-Johnson, Lazy Genius head honcho to confirm that he’s not more Lazy than Genius, and to get the lowdown on the lastest slice of LG goodness, Life In Film this month at The Shipping Forecast…
“Don’t worry, Lazy Genius hasn’t disappeared,” confirmed Tom. “At the start of this year the loss of MOJO the home of our weekly ‘club LAZY GENIUS’ was an undoubted blow. We tried to continue at Bumper, but they just really didn’t appreciate or understand what we were trying to do. To think we brought Peace to their back room only 6 – 7 months ago, is incredible, but it just didn’t register with them. So we decided to take a break, and in that time I personally began working full time for Ph Creative, and therefore less within the arts and music scene.”
“But I was never going to let Lazy Genius die, and we decided to focus on two to three one off shows in a year, focusing on quality and continuing our tradition of bringing some of the best bands and tomorrow’s biggest bands to our city first, whilst at the same time supporting our favourite home grown talent.”
On Friday the 19th of October at The Shipping Forecast, that approach from Lazy Genius is manifested as they present the magnificent Life In Film as part of their UK tour.
“As much as we enjoy the more experimental and electronic side of things, Lazy Genius has always been about guitar music and what I like to loosely term ‘spikey British Indie’ I suppose. Life In Film have been a band that we have loved for a long time. We actually brought them to MOJO well over a year ago, for their first Liverpool show, so I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to have them back as part of their tour.”
Life In Film embark on their tour of the UK this month in support of their debut EP ‘Needles & Pins’ which has received a warm reception from the press with featured track Carla scooping track of the day from Q magazine and The Independent enthusing ‘Life In Film are of that new, bar has been raised breed… It’s the kind of light and dark mindfuck that Radiohead used to do so, so well.’
Combining the jangle of The Smiths, the African-inspired guitar melodies of Vampire Weekend and a smidgen of Joy Division’s deep basslines, the EP was recorded by legendary producer Stephen Street, famed for producing Blur’s run of classic albums in the nineties and co-writing and producing Morrissey’s first two solo LPs.
Support on the night has been handpicked by Tom with Life In Film’s warm approval, LIPA’s White Cliff are joined by SevenStreets favourites Get Back Colquitt, local lads and a band from Lazy Genius’ own stable, who under their watchful eye continue to impress and plot their rise to the forefront of not only Liverpool’s indie scene, but the country’s. Lazy Genius residents GOSPEL will also be on hand to accompany the night with the perfect soundtrack from behind the decks.