Yet more face melting funk rock coming from West Midlands 4 piece Lazy J and their second album 'Dysfunctional'. An epic sound with their own unique brand of music and a very strong tracklisting with endless single release potential. Opening with 'Turn and Distort' the journey begins with killer guitar riffs, tight rasping drum beats and funk filled bass lines that mash up genre's to give a sound that nobody around at the moment can match. The vocals throughout the album scrap with the lead guitar creating a brilliant sound that is infectiously catchy and effortlessly easy to enjoy.
Impossible not to bop along to, most of the tracks leave you thinking you MUST have heard them before, in particular 'Dark Days' and the brilliant 'Modern Faith'. However, if you thought that Lazy J were just a one trick pony with one type of song then 'Biding My Time' goes against this by creating a slower sound edging slightly away from their funk roots and a bit more towards a slow rockier number. Their use of instruments is nothing short of stunning with saxophone and synth coming in and out seamlessly particularly the Sax in 'Bed Of Nails' is truly gorgeous.
The album is released on 25/3/2011 and is set to give this hard working group of musicians the breaks they deserve, it is truly an album that is far better, deeper and richer than a good majority of guitar based bands that are currently bubbling around the top 40 with their often monotonous droning love ballads or repetitive bouncy 'pop rock'. Lazy J have well and truly brought 'funk-rock' back the forefront with this release and their first single will surely give them the exposure they deserve.
Here is the band's promo video:
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