The Weekend Went Without You is a collection of catchy songs in the key of awesome. The music is an amalgamation of juxtaposed styles and influences; an orgy of pop, punk, jazz, blues and garage rock. Think Kasabian / Arctic Monkeys style semi-psychedelic Brit-rock with a peppering of White Stripes. The energy needle on this record never slips below a slow rocking. The feel-good feeling never stops feeling good.
While perfectly mixed it is far from over-produced. There is no reason to believe that these songs feel as good on your stereo / iPod as they do in the pub at the live show.
The liner notes lack lyrics, or any liner notes at all. Instead you get a collage of everything the band is about; photos of sweater scarf combos, body graffiti, a tour van, a wide range of sauces and dressings, good times on the road and track lists from their extensive touring.
If you get the chance to see these guys live, which no doubt you will since they spend most of their band life touring and gigging, don’t waste your time leaning against the bar thinking you look hot. You’re coming across as a pretentious tool. This music is made to be danced to. So dance or you’ll find the weekend went without you.
Alizarin Lizard are four young men intent on avoiding the real world by living in one huge musical party until it all goes horribly wrong. The Lizard was forged in late 2008 amid chaos and confusion, and spent the next year concocting weird pop songs and freaking out the punters. During one of the longest band tours around NZ in 2010, the band tightened up and shook off a touch of their psychedelic jacket before returning home to Dunedin to record their debut EP Oh, Colour.
Oh, Colour is due to hit stores around New Zealand this month with the help of Border Music and Banished From the Universe, so in true ‘lizard fashion’ they are embarking on a lengthy tour. Beginning in their hometown of Dunedin, they will be delivering their intoxicatingly rambunctious live show to more towns than you can shake a stick at. The second single Mad As A March Hare is out now, with an accompanying video by Emma Johansson being released on Saturday 13th August.