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February 15, 2012
The latest rock-alternative band to evolve from the region
- Text by Kate Hazell
Hailing from Beirut and Canada, Lazzy Lung are making waves in the regional music scene with the release of their debut album "Strange Places". The four-piece band, who cite "The Foo Fighters" and "Arcade Fire" as some of their influences, are playing a gig at Live Local Loud at Wafi Rooftop this Friday night. It will be their first gig since winning last years' Rolling Stone Middle East's Battle of the Bands.
Satellite Voices: How does Dubai inspire your music?
Allan: The band certainly has a history with Dubai and over the course of the past year we managed to win the Rolling Stone Battle of the Bands, Triplew.me's Makshoof Music Award, and most recently we were nominated Musician of the year 2011 by Esquire ME. Dubai has rewarded "Lazzy Lung" quite handsomely, and so this has kept pushing us to work harder on bigger and better things. Our first album "Strange Places" touches base on different experiences that we all have in common, things like being homesick and working super long hours and relationship issues. I think that a big part of Dubai are the people in it and this album certainly speaks volumes.
SV: What's the best venue you've played in Dubai and why?
Imad: So far we’ve played at "Festival City" for the Rolling Stone Battle and Dubai Gulf Week as we mentioned before... so this is really the only experience we can speak of yet. We are however going to be playing at the "Wafi Roof" this Friday and I’ve only heard excellent reviews along with the music room. We hope to play a lot more.
SV: What do you think of the local music scene in Dubai?
Anthony: The music scene is not only about the bands and performances or concerts, but also a lot of the studios, rehearsal spaces and radio stations. So far we've been spending most of our time with the wonderful people at In the Mix Studios and a rehearsal space of Joshua F. Williams and Nash Planojevic. It's a really sweet spot for the music scene and it's neat because a lot of the local bands come to use the rehearsal space or to record. The other wonderful thing about the Dubai music scene are the many radio stations and international acts, which is a great platform for local bands or other acts in the region to hit the stage and airwaves. One thing for sure is that we hope to be a part of it more.
SV: What other gigs do you have lined up?
Alain: We’ve got some gigs in LA planned and hopefully get some more in other parts of the US. We will also have our album release concert in Beirut. However we are trying to keep things low in Beirut, but we certainly we be more than happy to perform in any of the other neighboring countries.
SV: What can we expect from you in 2012?
Allan: Music videos, special online content, a documentary and possibly a Middle Eastern tour with an international act. The best way to keep up with us is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. But we are really excited and focused on our second self release that we hope to have out sometime early summer 2012.
SV: What other regional artist can you recommend?
Imad: Over the years we have met quite a few artists in the region in Lebanon and abroad. There are certainly a number of bands like Jay Wud, FareeQ el Atrash, Episode, Absolace and Juliana Down. I recommend you check them all out.
Lazzy Lung at the Wafi Rooftop @
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