If colour can communicate forebodings of feelings and introspective mental states, then the cover of LIZZARD‘s new album Eroded would be an excellent metaphor for the current state of the world: the ochre, brown and green feel tired, worn, drained, eroded… but the bright yellow and orange and the central white parts imply a statement of hope, and in that the album art couldn’t be a more apt representation of LIZZARD’s music: a melting-pot of invigorating riffs, heavy driven groove and catchy vocal hooks.
Formed in 2006, when Katy Elwell (drums), William Knox (bass) and Mathieu Ricou (guitar & vocals) met and discovered that they shared a common vision in music, LIZZARD soon set out to work on their sound with a mission to find their own idiosyncratic approach to contemporary rock music – music that makes confident reference to the past without romaticising it. In many ways, Eroded is a trip back to the best parts of the 90s, but in the sound of 2020 – rich in poly-rhythmic textures framed in always-accessible rock and metal.
“We’re very much a live band creatively speaking,” says bass player Will Knox. “All of the writing sessions happen in our rehearsal space rather than at home. We believe that to capture any vibe, the chemistry between members needs to occur in real time… at least for us.” This way of working has clearly been a challenge during Covid, and the album itself was recorded and produced with Peter Junge during a long month of voluntary isolation at the legendary Castle Studios in Germany.
Above all, Eroded brings a light at the end of the tunnel: “The vibe on the album is generally one of hope and an invitation to stay alert to the light within ourselves,” Knox continues, “and to keep moving towards brighter destinations.” Video premiere ‘Blue Moon’ provides a perfect example of this: it’s chorus “Time to wake up / The moon is getting low” providing a rousing call to action.
Eroded is set for release on February 19, 2021 via Pelagic Records, and can be pre-ordered here.