Feature: The Lazy Eyes – Nobody Taught Me
Following a sold-out headline tour and the group’s own curated festival, The Lazy Eyes have unveiled their latest offering, the bubbly jaunt, Nobody Taught Me.
The Lazy Eyes continue to dig deeper on Nobody Taught Me, capturing that pure delight that comes from homecoming – retracing memories with new steps, returning to a place of connection, and rewatching home videos. Inspired by band member Harvey’s trips to visit his grandparents in England and his time spent over there, Nobody Taught Me recalls Penny Lane’s ‘barber showing photographs’. A leisurely side step compared to its predecessor Where’s My Brain? with this new single, The Lazy Eyescontinue to prove their position in psych rock’s new vanguard, demonstrating new depths to their iteration, sans pastiche or revivalism.
Harvey explains, “When I was younger, I would visit my grandparents who live in England every few years. On this one trip, I became friends with the kids who lived on my grandparents street. We would meet up every day and do things that kids do like run around, have a hit with a tennis ball, play hide and seek, you know. Then the next time I went to England, I was so excited to catch up and play with them again only to find out that they had all left and moved houses. It was pretty sad but I still had a nice trip hanging out with my grandparents (who cameo in the music video) haha. ‘Nobody Taught Me’ encapsulates the good and the sad times experienced in England, from the excitement of playing on the street to the heartbreak of being left alone.”
Already reaching new heights after a breakthrough 2020, Where’s My Brain? saw The Lazy Eyes sell out their debut headline tour and inaugural all-ages festival, Lazyfest which garnered rave reviews from theSydney Morning Herald, Life Without Andy and punters alike. The single went on to receive praise from V Man, NME, KCRW, Alt Citizen, FBi Radio, Double J and Unearthed, Spin, Dublab, Northern Transmissions and more. Now with EP2 on the horizon, and what under traditional circumstances would have been a period of international showcases for the band, between appearances at a would-be SXSW, The Great Escape and Splendour In The Grass. Instead, the band regrouped to Lindfield Studios, revitalised and focused on bringing more recordings to life with their new lineup.
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The Lazy Eyes are Harvey Geraghty (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Itay Shachar (vocals, guitar), Leon Karagic (bass) and Noah Martin (drums). At 15 years old, they met at performing arts high school which provided fertile ground to pursue their creative endeavours. In the time since the group have built a cult following with their magnetic live set. Long before their debut single, word of them spread like wildfire. This eventually reached the BBC’s Abbie McCarthy who aired the then-unreleased Cheesy Love Song during a takeover on Australia’s national youth broadcaster, triple j. In the year that followed, their debut EP saw The Lazy Eyes sell-out headline shows, amass a combined 1.5 million streams and receive praise from Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson, Bandcamp, Atwood Magazine, American Songwriter, Monster Children, land at #17 on triple j Unearthed’s Top 50 Most Played Artists of 2020and many more.