Lazy Day Interview: “It’s cool to play a festival so close to home”13 Mar 2019
Lazy Day are going to bring all the summer vibes to Community ’19 when they open the N4 Stage with their deliciously hazy grunge pop on 30th June.
It’s an exciting time for the London-quartet, at the start of the month they dropped new track, ‘Mumma’, and next week they’re set to release their sophomore EP, ‘Letters’, on 22nd March.
We chatted to band founder Tilly Scantlebury about who they’re looking forward to catching at Community, how relationships, feminism and queer art influenced their upcoming EP ‘Letters’ and why reality TV is her bad habit.
How does it feel to be added to the Community line up?
It feels good! We’re all local to Finsbury Park, so it’s cool to play a festival so close to home.
The Kooks are headlining Community, what ‘Bad Habit’ do you have that you can share with us?
Reality TV. The trashier the better.
You’re releasing a new 5 track EP ‘Letters’ on 22nd March on your own label Weird Cool Records. What can people expect from the EP?
They can expect five fabulous songs and a lot of modesty.
You’ve already shared the tracks ‘Double j’ from the EP, which is about your best friend, as well as the track ‘Mumma’ which is an ode to your Mum. Where else did you look for inspiration for your lyrics on this EP?
I looked at more of my relationships and I rinsed them for content. Each song is kind of addressed to a particular person who is or has been important to me for lots of different reasons, and the songs let me say things that are sometimes hard to say any other way.
You’ve said you see each track on the EP like “a letter to each person”. If you could write a letter to anyone living or dead or would it be and why?
I’d bend your rules and do some time travel and write something to younger Tilly and be like, don’t worry so much you’re doing okay.
What is your favourite track on the EP?
That’s like asking a parent to choose between their children! ‘Mumma’ and ‘Baby’ feel special because I produced them myself and because they’re about two of my favourite people, ‘Double j’ makes me happy because it’s about my best friend, ‘Mostly Me’ is really cathartic because it felt like I let something go when I recorded it, and ‘Tell Me’ is like a secret-not-so-secret way of standing up for myself against The Man.
The EP was supported by the ReBalance project. How has the support of ReBalance helped you so far as a band?
I was really happy to be accepted onto the ReBalance project, and already so much cool stuff has come of it. ReBalance gave me studio time to finish recording a collection of songs that I’d wanted to release for a while. I got to work with Steph Marziano, an amazing producer and now a really lovely friend. We recorded three of the five songs that are on our upcoming EP, Letters. Having that time and attention in the studio was something I hadn’t had before, and it made a massive difference.
Why do you think it’s important for projects like ReBalance to exist in today’s industry?
The music industry feels pretty impenetrable from the outside, and still is for a lot of people, so projects like ReBalance need to exist to give people a platform, and make more things possible. Giving women and non-binary people the space and resources to make things is crucial. Otherwise the world is going to miss out on a lot of cool stuff.
You all have jobs outside the band (Tilly an art history PhD student, Beni a gardener, Liam works in visual effects). How if at all do your other careers inform your music?
I think having other jobs makes us appreciate the time that we get to spend on Lazy Day even more. But also my PhD is about feminist and queer art, and I feel like that informs everything I do, including all things Lazy Day.
You’ve cited a number of iconic female artists as inspiration: PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Sleater Kinney, Karen O, Kate Bush and Beach House’s Victoria Legrand. What up and coming female artists are you inspired by?
Jay Som, The Orielles, Sasami and Dogeyed – listen if you know what’s good for you.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Community?
Hands down, Kate Nash.
What was your first festival experience like?
It was at The Big Chill festival and I was 15. Even then I knew that I needed some home comforts with me, so I brought an air mattress and my pillow. I did drink a lot of cheap cider though, which I thought was a big part of embracing the festival spirit.
Where would you like to be as a band in three years time?
Hopefully playing music in a world that doesn’t look so scarily like it’s coming to an end.
Finally, what’s your ideal ‘lazy day’?
In my pjs, watching reality TV with Stanley my puppy.
Catch Lazy Day when they join headliners The Kooks, plus Blossoms, Don Broco, The Hunna and more at Community Festival on 30th June.
Tickets are on sale now for just £40 plus booking fee. That’s the same price as three and a bit Love Island water bottles.