For the last few years I've been doing a bit of writing for an online music site, and, because Bad For Lazarus are great as well as endearingly mental, I was hoping to stick this review of their new single 'BURNT!' online. Unfortunately, the site I write for have stopped reviewing singles, so, rather than waste the fruits of my attempt at bullying the English language into a half-decent review, I'll have to stick it here instead...
BURNT!, the new single from hot newcomers Bad For Lazarus, kicks of with a filthy buzzing riff and some funky beats, recalling Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at their most raucous and unhinged. 2 minutes 40 seconds of the catchiest chaos you’ll ever hear, BURNT! Is anything but subtle, and I have no idea what the Hell Rich Fownes (or is it Dominic Knight?!) is on about, but, whatever it is, he sounds pretty foam-mouthed and disturbed about it, and determined to make sure you’re equally perturbed.
BURNT! isn’t subtle and it certainly isn’t pretty, but, it’s some nasty, dirty sounding rock ‘n’ roll that is melodic enough to bear repeated listens, but dangerous enough that you wouldn’t trust it not to try it on with your girlfriend on a Friday night.
Bad For Lazarus have an unerring ability to fuse utter nihilistic chaos with ear-worm catchiness in a way that’s confusing yet satisfyingly addictive. On the results of BURNT! and previous single ‘My Muddle’, I haven't a clue what an entire album from these miscreants will sound like, but I can’t wait to find out.
Here's the video: