Big Lazy is an instrumental trio from New York City. 'The Big Apple's Creme de la Creme' according to the Village Voice. "The elegantly gritty trio plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from trucker's romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Hermann", says the New Yorker.
The new Big Lazy recording "Postcards from X" distills the trio's sound down to it's purest and rawest to date. Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern, the album dwells in the unmistakable landscape of gritty yet gracefully crafted American music. 'Postcards' veers from the title track's garage chamber music to twangy guitar-noir themes as raunchiness turns to beauty and noise collides with lush melodies conjuring images of everything from big-sky country to seedy backrooms.
Shows across the US have cultivated the band's reputation for legendary live performances. 'They're virtuostic.' says the dean of American rock critics, Robert Christgau. 'They're doing it all without uttering a word. The bare-skulled leader-guitarist contorts noisily and precisely, the double jointed bassist plucks plenty and bows when it's called for, the black garbed drummer bashes out one tricky beat after another.'
Comparisons have been made to Tom Waits, Sparklehorse, Tortoise, Calexico and The Dirty Three. References have been made to noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarentino soundtracks, crime jazz and burlesque. These are all vague directions scribbled on napkins on a map-less journey. Big Lazy's organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category
The Claudettes (of Chicago) are Johnny Iguana on piano, Michael Caskey on drums and singer/dancer Yana. This immensely entertaining trio mixes the deep roots of Chicago blues with the spunk of rockabilly and punk, vintage echoes of vaudeville and burlesque and the sounds of soul-jazz, '60s French pop and vintage cartoon music. Though their members have performed with the likes of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, James Cotton and Chuck Mangione, the Claudettes bring an electrifying freshness and vitality with them to the stage and the studio.