Lazy Lane Keepers of the Gloom
By Marcus Pan
If I had to make a comparison
right at the forefront, Lazy Lane would stand besides such acts as Lucid
Dementia(1) or Boole(2). The music has a fairy tale quality about it, spoken by
a little girl in a cute little dress, lamenting with silliness, satire and
tongue in cheek. The main difference between Lazy Lane and Lucid Dementia is
the fact that Lily Lane is world's hotter than Lucy.
Bumping about in the night of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lazy
Lane cooked up a net based following that kept them in the MP3.com top 40
charts (back when Mp3.com was about music, not money) and on that success
dropped their 7" vinyl EP, The ChiLLs, in July 2003. Keepers of the
Gloom popped out in December of 2004, filled with brooding tracks of
mystique and interest with synthesized lullabies, the sweet voice of Lily Lane
catapulting all of the tracks to a dimension of their own.
Silly songs like Evil Twin, Goth Girl and The
Graveyard croon along with expected goth rock strains. The music is good,
but nothing to shout about, with Aaron Richardson (bass) and Aaron Simmons
(drums), Greg Ballato (guitar) and Lily handling keyboards in addition to her
sweet voice. The players are capable, but I think it's the vocals that really
lift Lazy Lane well and the lyrics as well with their satiric content
and amusing lines.
Goth Girl for example talks about an innocent little
girl who "wears pink" until she meets a guitarist in a goth band, who "turns
her on" to the subculture. In another, Hell's Candy, Lily satirically
discusses Halloween and how evil the holiday is. Pretty funny. The
Graveyard is a romp through the underworld with cliché lyrics that
come off as funny rather than inane. There's something to be said about the
sultriness of a tiny, innocent voice singing such dark content. The
juxtaposition between the sweetness of Lily's voice and the dismal content of
the lyrics is refreshing and...frankly, it's a damn turn on.
Lazy Lane's Keepers of the Gloom is an interesting
collection. They will probably never rise all the way up to the top as a
glamorous headlining goth band...but it satisfies an interesting niche in its
fairy tale quality and make up. It's worth checking out for a bit of fun 'n
fluff in your regiment of Joy Division, Sisters and the like. Tongue in cheek
is fun sometimes...especially if it's from someone as adorable as little Lily.
She's my new fantasy.
751 Meadowbrook Dr. Follanstee WV, 26037, USA
Phone: (304) 670-8735
(1) See Legends #143
for a review of their latest.
reviewed their newest work, Pheromones, in
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