BIG LAZY w/ TIGERLILIES
About BIG LAZY:
Big Lazy’s music dwells in the unmistakable landscape of gritty yet gracefully crafted American music. With stark instrumentation – electric guitar, acoustic bass and drums – the trio creates richly evocative soundscapes with a distinctly narrative quality and an undeniable sense of place. Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern Big Lazy conjures images of everything from big sky country to seedy back rooms with deftness and a cinematic clarity.
The dean of American rock critics Robert Christgau has called Big Lazy ‘The Big Apple’s Crème de la Crème’. “Big Lazy, the elegantly gritty instrumental trio led by the extraordinary guitarist Stephen Ulrich, plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from truckers’ romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Herrmann.” says The New Yorker
References to film noir, spaghetti western, crime jazz, surf, rockabilly
and David Lynch films are all vague directions scribbled on napkins on a map-less journey. Big Lazy’s singular sound remains beyond category.
Big Lazy has released four albums on the Tasankee Label and after a hiatus of several years – leader Stephen Ulrich spent time as the composer for the HBO series Bored to Death and most recently the filmArt and Craft – the band is back with a new album, “Don’t Cross Myrtle”.
The Tigerliles remain Cincinnati’s sole practitioners of the classic (sans trademark) “post punk power pop sound”, a style set forth by Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick, The Jam, and The Ramones. They may beg to differ on that parallel, especially amongst themselves, which is fine. No decent rock band likes to be pinned down to a tight description.
The band has played countless shows over the years and attained a sizeable, appreciative following. They have served as support for Violent Femmes, Smithereens, Joan Jett, Paul Weller and Guided By Voices, among others. In addition there have been tours of the South, East and Midwest as well as appearances at SXSW and NXNE and every acronym festival in between.