Release Date: 18th November 2023
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It's a stubborn cliché because there's truth in it. Nearly 45 years after assembling in San Francisco's fertile punk underground, the Toiling Midgets have turned into – what else? – Lazy Giants.
In certain respects, the new LP, Toiling Days Are Over, enriches a decades-old tradition. Gray fashions meaty but moody riffs from art-punk, glam, and heavy-rock materia prima. Up in the stratosphere, fellow veteran Paul Hood concocts spacey abstractions: whinnying, distorted leads and sustained vapor trails of feedback. Initially recommended by Strokes producer and Hood associate Gordon Raphael, masterful drummer Daniel Benyamin applies just enough heat and fastidiousness to the lumbering beats and loose rhythms. A second younger addition, Benyamin's friend Daniel Cerny, weaves in stealthy filaments of synth and clarinet.
"'Toiling Days Are Over' is an audacious and creative statement from a band that has reinvented itself without losing its identity. With an impressive blend of both intensity and novelty, the Lazy Giants prove that even after all these years, they can still create relevant and captivating music." – AM:PLIFIED Magazine, 8/10
Pressed on sustainably produced, organic-based vinyl (BioVinyl by Optimal Media).
Format: LP / CD
Released: 18th November 2023
Catalogue #: CH391
Label: Clouds Hill
Lazy Giants - Toiling Days Are Over
1. The Dilemma
2. She is the Rain
3. Bees of Eternity
5. Sticky Sun
6. Proxima B
7. It's Too Late
9. A Tree