Currently in the midst of a European tour and having recently shared stages with SASAMI and City Calm Down, London’s Lazy Day are back today with the first single since their acclaimed Letters EP arrived earlier this year on the band’s own Weird Cool Records.
Speaking to The Fader who launched the track last night, Scantlebury says, “‘Real Feel’ is about being pushed and pulled between the past and the present, and between being sad and feeling hopeful. I find it scary how much control your past has over you and your future, so a lot of these lyrics deal with this fear of being dragged backwards. Ultimately though, this song feels like a reminder to myself to not let things get in the way of being happy, and to keep moving forwards.”
Moving forwards is something that comes naturally to Lazy Day and ‘Real Feel’ is further evidence of it. The quartet – fresh from appearances this summer at Community, Latitude and Kendal Calling, as well as recent support slots with Bloc Party, Girlpool and No Vacation – have never sounded as fully-formed as they do here. Once again overseen by producer Steph Marziano, who also worked with the band on the Letters EP, ‘Real Feel’ bristles with confidence and a masterful grasp of Lazy Day’s sonic identity – the product of not just being recorded at the band’s own studio, but of the well-oiled live machine the quartet have become this summer.
“We recorded ‘Real Feel’ in our own studio, a space that really feels like home to us,” explains Scantlebury. “Having that familiarity helped me be much more emotionally open when it came to delivering the vocals. Working with Steph again also put me in the best headspace – the perfect combination of feeling really nurtured as well as having a big fire in my belly.
“This was the first time we’ve recorded in a live room, and all of us were crammed into the tiniest space. The air conditioning had broken, we were using tube amps, and it was the hottest day of the year. It was like a weird exercise class, or maybe even some intense kind of group therapy. Either way, we sweated out the toxins both literally and metaphorically.”
The accompanying video for ‘Real Feel’ was directed by Joe Snelling of Lucky Day Films and effortlessly captures the friendship and camaraderie at the heart of Lazy Day. Snelling offers, “I feel the energetic, friendship led chemistry and vibe of Lazy Day translates throughout this video. I can’t dance, but if I could I’d love to dance like Lazy Day.”
UK/EU Tour Dates:
Oct 11th | Belfast, UK – McHugh’s Basement Bar
Oct 12th | Glasgow, UK – Tenement Trail
Oct 19th | Norwich, UK – Wild Paths Festival
Oct 31st | Guildford, UK – Boileroom &
Nov 1st | Brighton, UK – Hope & Ruin &
Nov 2nd | Leicester, UK – The Cookie &
Nov 7th | Birmingham, UK – Sunflower Lounge %
Nov 8th | Manchester, UK – Jimmy’s %
Nov 9th | Liverpool, UK – Sound Basement %& = w/ Wych Elm
% = w/ Junodream
“‘Real Feel’ is a step forward for the four-piece, with Lazy Day adding renewed depth to their indie rock template while retaining a fresh immediacy.”
“A chugging and passionate song made by a group of tightly-knit friends and collabortors, ‘Real Feel’ is humming with the joy of expression. Even when her words hit the depths, you know the strength and verve of the band’s collaboration is going to pull her smoothly out of that nosedive, soaring into a hopeful future.”
“‘Real Feel’s video reflects the songs themes of embracing happiness and catches the band as they play live while conjuring up a DIY dance routine to accompany the track. You won’t see the moves in the next Beyoncé video but there’s a homespun grace to them, nonetheless.”