Words and photographs by Jade Greenbrooke
THE LAZYS bring their epic TROPICAL HAZARD 2019 tour all the way over from Sydney, Australia, travelling all around Europe to show us all how to really have a good time, tearing up London’s full to capacity House of Vans.
Opening up the show were THE STANDSTILLS from Ontario, Canada. The Canadian duo have been touring with THE LAZYS and kicked off the final show of the tour. Jonny Fox provided the vocals and guitars, with Renee Couture on the drums and percussion. Fox constantly makes the most of the stage and keeps the crowd entertained with head banging and jumps throughout his solos, knowing how to put on a good show and keep everyone in high spirits despite only being a duo, meaning all attention was essentially on him. The highlight song for me was ORLEANS, it was impossible not to enjoy the cowbell aspect of the song, overall they were incredible enjoyable despite not having a huge presence over in the UK,
Next up were FIZZY BLOOD from Leeds, who joined THE LAZYS for one night only. A group of five young lads who, from the moment they got on stage, looked like they were there to have a good time. The five filled the stage, all but the lead vocalist having excellent energy and crowd interaction, I’d have liked to have seen a bit more energy from the vocalist, although he was playing at the same time so had to focus on both vocals and guitar so it was understandable, and where the vocalist lacked in energy, the rest of the band more than made up for it, keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained throughout.
THE LAZYS were the main band, and I could sense the stage being too small for the Aussie rockers. Vocalist Leon Harrison instantly set the atmosphere, throwing himself into song with high energy and great crowd interaction. An added bonus to the music was Matty Morris, the lead guitarist, who kept everyone entertained with his animated facial expressions, I found that both he and Leon shared plenty of the spotlight moments and his talent as a guitarist was highlighted plenty throughout the night, especially when Morris jumped over the barrier and made his way through the crowd to perform the penultimate song on the venue’s bar, much to the crowd’s delight.
Seeing THE LAZYS in this tiny venue made me think that this was how my parents felt seeing the likes of IRON MAIDEN and AC/DC in small packed out pubs before they blew up to stardom, with two big UK festivals lined up (Bloodstock Open Air & Ramblin’ Man Festival), I can see these Aussie rockers gaining more fans overseas and bringing back good old high voltage rock ‘n’ roll!
9/10, a small and intimate gig at its best.
The Standstills Gallery
Fizzy Blood Gallery
The Lazys Gallery
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