Its with a heavy heart that I received the news of Isle of Wight natives Lazy Chain’s break up today. Though I may not have been there at the start, or even the middle, it has been a pleasure to experience what the band have had on offer for the last year. They were the subject of my first piece to be published on this site back in the late summer of 2020 and they also helped usher back the era of the live event before Christmas time in a socially distanced seated gig that ultimately made me remember why I love what I love during an otherwise uninspiring time for me as a music fan.
It isn’t all bad news though! Although the split may be official there is still one last gig to be played at Strings on July 1st. Sadly again a socially distanced gig it nonetheless gives me and anyone else who wants to see this bands swan song a chance to do so in the flesh. If it’s anything like last time it won’t disappoint. There is also some more light at the end of the tunnel, a couple of side projects are already up and running in Cosmic Sloop and Ugly Ozo, both of which naturally have just enough similar DNA to the bands sound that it will continue to scratch the Lazy Chain itch going forward.
I’ll be sad to see the back of this band that I had genuine high hopes for. If they manage to release their up-to-now unreleased works it would be a joy to experience. Of course its easier said than done and if what they have given is all they can give then that’s enough for me. If you can’t make it down to the Isle of Wight on the 1st for their farewell then I urge you to take a couple of minutes out of your day to listen to one or two of their songs.
Until the 1st… Thanks for the music. I love you Lazy Chain.