To say that the cover art for Lazy’s new single, “Soft Sheets”, is suggestive would be putting it politely. Then again, there’s nothing polite about the Kansas City quartet. The band’s classic punk attitude—one part bratty, one part brainy, is rough around the edges, but supremely skilled. With a sound rooted in the ’80s, Lazy share a kindred spirit with the raw punk of fellow midwesterners Zero Boys, but also evoke the nuance of arty acts like Pylon.
“Soft Sheets” and “Don’t Die” are both arresting examples of Lazy’s hyper-active brand of punk. The titular single’s buzzing guitars and smug vocal style create a sexy and empowering vibe with a hard rock edge. Its b-side is a classic punk ode to immortality: a mantra of “Don’t die/Can’t die” is shouted over murky distortion and crushing drums. Both tracks are short bursts of unfiltered energy, over before you even know it. Lazy might leave you begging for more, but isn’t that half the fun?
Lazy’s “Soft Sheets” 7” is out now on Volar Records. You can stream it below.