Lizard Music has announced that they will be releasing their first new music in over 25 years with their new album, âArizone!â, Which is slated for digital and CD release on October 8, followed by a vinyl release on December 10.
The New Jersey-born rock quartet starring Mikael Jorgensen, Chris Apple, Craig Smith and Erik Paparozzi, will release their first new single in nearly three decades, “Mixtape,” which will be released tomorrow (September 17th).
The following details were sent to us: In the summer of 2020, when the world was in lockdown, the Lizard Music text channel came to life as the idea of ââworking on new music was unanimously adopted. . The only “rule” stated was that any idea presented had to be brand new and created in the moment. The tracks flew from coast to coast over the next three months as each song morphed into existence in what could be described as slow-motion improvisation.
And so, Arizone! was born. The excitement of working together on something positive again during such a dark time, coupled with a creative reconnection after a hiatus of over two decades, is built into this remarkable album.
These very varied songs range from the dazzling rock of “The Crow Flies” to the complex and epic pop construction of “Keystone Cops” to the seriously “They Did Their Best” to the measured soul influence on “Under the Table”. Each song is served with appropriate amounts of Lizard Music’s signature humor. The lead single, “Mixtape,” is an autobiographical memory of getting an undergraduate mixtape – after waiting months – that contained British and American New Wave music. Unfortunately, on arrival there was no label and the J-Card was blank.
The group’s three-decade history began in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, in 1989, when high school friends Jorgensen and Paparozzi began learning and writing songs on a four-track cassette machine. By raiding their parents’ record collections, the two discovered the musical worlds of The Beatles, Captain Beefheart, XTC, The Meters and many more. Soon after, Chris Apple and Craig Smith joined the group, forming the classic lineup.
Their surreal, harmony-driven pop sensibility contrasted sharply with the grungy, testosterone-added sludge rock that was oozing all around at the time. After two self-published EPs, Lizard Music and Lobster T, Dave Allen (Gang of Four, Low Pop Suicide) signed them to his Los Angeles-based World Domination Records label in 1993. The band released two LPs and made many numerous tours in the United States and United Kingdom, opening act for Pere Ubu and Yo La Tengo, before taking a hiatus in 1997.
Jorgensen moved to Chicago in 1998 and joined Wilco in 2002 before landing in Ojai, Calif. In 2012. In addition to his solo projects Quindar and Expandards, Jorgensen has worked with Ray LaMontagne, Stereolab and Mother Hips. Paparozzi moved to Los Angeles and is a member of Cat Power, a songwriter for RuPaul’s Drag Race and worked with Brian Wilson, Denny Laine, the Monkees and Lana Del Ray. Smith moved to Pennsylvania, while Apple remained in the band’s native New Jersey, founding the Little Rockers School of Music with his wife Jessie and playing bass with Joey Molland’s Badfinger and the Latin rock band deSoL.
Lizard Music Returns With First New Music In Over 25 Years
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