In the space of two years Black Lizard’s reputation as one of the finest purveyors of psych rock is assured. Yes, collaborations with Anton Newcombe and Sonic Boom have certainly helped spread their word, but it’s been the band’s brand of proto-punk combined with melodic hooks that’s led people to find them. A rigorous schedule of constant releases and gigging has meant there’s been no let-up in Black Lizard’s frontal assault.
Hot on the heels of two celebrated EP’s and a much loved debut album, Black Lizard prime their second self-produced full length Solarize this spring. Solarize sees the band expanding not only their sound (Solarize adds horns, synths and other textures to the mix) , but also moving out of strict genre borders just leaving us with a simple concept: Black Lizard music.
- Paltsa-Kai Salama: Vocals, Guitar
- Joni Seppänen: Guitar, synthesizer
- Lauri Lyytinen: Bass
Onni Nieminen: Drums, percussions
Photos by Sofia Okkonen Live picture by Eetu Maaranen.
Crumb “One of the best groups of the North European scene today”
thnksfrthrvw “Black Lizard are one of the standout bands of the European psychedelic scene… they pool together their influences and own creative flair to produce stunning works of cerebral fuckery″
Crack Magazine “Back Lizard display textured sway teamed with an unshakeable knack for melody.”
Ja Ja Ja “If you like your psych rock with hints of blissed out summers, this is deffo for you!”
Some reaction to Solarize:
When You Motor Away Blog “The other seven tracks reveal Black Lizard’s increased confidence in their brand of psychedelic garage. For my money, “All Her Time”, “Prefect Dope” and “Helpless” are most memorable. But there are no weak spots. Play it end to end and you are living in a rock and roll fantasy. Nordic Music Review ”this is a band who write great songs and tunes, and who also have an identity and a real sense of style. And ‘Solarize’ is an excellent album” 8.5/10 Forkster “rOCKS It oUT” “Their music grounds incorporate superb genre element diversions of alternative rock, indie rock, Madchester beat, psychedelic rock, shoegaze and roots rock n’ roll shines.”All Scandinavian “A great psych-rock album“ Desibeli.net 5/5 “Masterpeice” It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine “one of the finest releases I’ve ever heard”,Ja Ja Ja “a broader direction for the band, adding new instrumentation and ideas to the mix while retaining the unrelenting energy and focus that this band so fully represent.” Glue/Rosvot “retains all the elements we’ve come to love about Black Lizard, that is the mesmerising fuzzy guitars, the airy vocals and the psyched, garage attitude, but this time around it sounds a little bit bigger, a little bit louder” Austin Town Hall “it sounds as if they’ve taken the old formula of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, or even JAMC, and made it entirely their own. That’s what I love about the group: no matter what they do, they own it, giving it their all for the betterment of our experience” All Scandinavian ” A great psych-rock album” Echoes & Dust “By rights this band should be huge”