LAZY QUEEN continues to make their own band name into something of a misnomer with their second release of the month. The prolific Oslo-based band continues to forge their own path into the hearts and ears of fans and industry alike, this time with the fourth and final single, “A Place (To Bury Strangers)” (31/3) – ahead of their ambitious new EP, “Get Home And Die Trying” (23/4).
With this the Bubble-Punk outfit follows up last year’s relentless activity against the odds which saw the band playing two major showcase festivals, Trondheim Calling and Off:Larm respectively, opened for revered Norwegian rockers The Dogs, and performed as the only Norwegian act on the US streaming festival #iVoted, where they shared the “stage” with artists like Billie Eilish and Fantastic Negrito, signed with Norwegian record label Eget Selskap, and management Pick & Mix Management, and to cap it all they released 5 new singles.
“Throwaway”, “Sober”, “Gutted”, “Last Call” and “Bid Geal” received global support from Tidal, Apple Music and Spotify, and glowing reviews from respected media outlets such as Wonderland Magazine, NYLON, Red Bull Music, Earmilk, Louder Than War, Impose Magazine and Medium to name a few.
Now they’re ready with the follow-up, “A Place (To Bury Strangers)” – an earworm of an anthem about facing hard realities in the middle of the eye of the storm at an A Place To Bury Strangers show. The track is out March 31th, and with this, the band announce their upcoming EP, “Get Home Or Die Trying” out April 23rd.
‘A Place (To Bury Strangers)’ treads the line between the carefree nu-punk that has made Lazy Queen’s name and vulnerable, heart-on-sleeve songwriting. Henrik says of the song: “It’s about cold sweats at A Place To Bury Strangers-show in Oslo. Winding down, winding out and trying to make sense of chaos. It’s also Lazy Queen’s official submission for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Step aside Lordi.”
For Fans Of: Wavves, Title Fight, White Reaper
‘A Place (To Bury Strangers)’ is the fourth and final single taken from Lazy Queen’s forthcoming EP, to be released April 23rd. A natural conclusion to the run of singles leading up to the EP ‘Get Home or Die Trying’, with the previous release “Gutted” detailing the same evening of events that “A Place To Bury Strangers” opens with. Further front person and lyricist Henrik García Søberg describes a night of walking until your shoes are as worn out as your head, trying to organize your thoughts, looking for purpose and a road forward. With this, Lazy Queen continue in their ability to lyrically address vulnerability, blistering anger and hurt, within the context of a colorful, upbeat and vibrant sound.
Lead singer Henrik (pronouns they/them) narrates regret-filled nights out that blur into one, pondering how to digest the painful memories created after nightfall. Inspired by struggles with mental health and addiction, Lazy Queen balance vulnerability with blistering anger and hurt, alternating seamlessly between thrashing guitars and softly sung laments.
“A Place (To Bury Strangers)” brings the listener one step further into the story that weaves “Get Home Or Die Trying Together” together. The songs that make up the EP are all written from a time period that for all the band members is marked with a distinct “before” and “after”. They’re vignettes and snapshots that together form a story of chaos, self destructive behaviour, and having to look your uglier sides in the eye. Music has always been a balm for the band members, and they began playing together between New York and Oslo. They quickly built up a loyal fanbase in the Nordic live scene with their raucous performances fizzing with anger and livewire energy.
Since beginning to record and release their own music, Lazy Queen have found critical acclaim in outlets like Wonderland Magazine, NYLON, Red Bull Music, Earmilk, Indietronica (Hype Machine), Impose Magazine and Medium for their singles ‘Throwaway’, ‘Sober’, ‘Last Call’ and ‘Gutted’. Their releases have also been featured in Apple Music’s ‘New Music Daily’ playlist alongside global support from Tidal and Spotify.
Lazy Queen also gave a raw and powerful exclusive livestream performance to lend their support to the U.S. #IVoted initiative alongside artists like Billie Eilish and Fantastic Negrito in a powerful raw performance.
“The Nordic rock five-piece embraces all types of emotions in this powerful hit.” – Wonderland
“There’s something extremely appealing angry bands who are able to perfectly find the balance between angry and vulnerable” – Red Bull Music
“Prodigious Pop Punk” – Medium
“(…) the band balance vulnerability with blistering anger and hurt, alternating seamlessly between thrashing guitars and softly sung laments. It’s angst and anger-fuelled mayhem that is held together with rocket fuel” – Louder Than War
“Lazy Queen crafts an expertly blended atmosphere that satiates our love of shoegaze and punk alike” – NYLON
“Meet the Nordic five-piece ready to take the world by storm” – Wonderland Magazine