Friday night was a dance party waiting to happen with a line-up of total kick-ass bands at one of Brooklyn’s finest, Rough Trade. The guys of Lazer Cake agree that this is one of their favorite venues to play at. Despite their slight differences with mid-twenties bands, this Brooklyn-based group sure knows how to please the young millennial crowd with their indie pop tunes.
I happened to come across their set at CMJ back in 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall where I was immediately drawn by their synth-pop beats. I mean, we can clearly tell that they’re going to be a hell of a cool gang seeing that their name is Lazer Cake. Since then, their songs have evolved to “become more intricate, in depth, and more lyrical.” Though Robby Sinclair (lead singer & drummer) has been pursuing music for years, it took a while for him to form Lazer Cake since he didn’t find a ‘steady’ guitarist until he met Tom Deis (guitarist). “I was looking for a guitarist and my friend said “Ask Tom, don’t ask anybody else!’” The rest is history. Tom also plays in indie pop band Via Audio where he conquers the music scene in Philadelphia.
Big City Lights has always been my favorite song from them which carries inspirations from 70’s pop music and it always gets the crowd going. It’s practically hard to stay still because the fast paced tempo from the drums and keyboard are full of attitude, which hypnotizes your body to do unspeakable things. Every song pulled me in and had different personalities to it, making each song memorable. Their latest EP featuring the song “Feelin” was apparently written on a whim while Robby was walking to the studio. “I came up with Feelin in about 10 minutes when I was walking from home to the studio. It was like a beam of light that just came to me! My walking tempo created the beat and I had the lyrics in my head. As soon as I got to the studio I got it all down so I won’t forget it.”
You don’t see many bands out there where the lead singer drums, so it’s great to see a change. Robby’s powerful voice echoed through the room and energetic vibes flowed throughout their whole set. Seeing that they are talented musicians, I asked them if they had any other talents. They surprised me when they responded with “I like to cook” (Robby) and “I like to bake pie” (Tom); something no other musician has ever proudly answered in any interview so far, since most people solely dedicate both their work and downtime to music.
After three years as a band, they’ve released 3 EP’s so far and you’re probably wondering “where’s the album?” Fear not, they’re going to start recording soon and hopefully get it out at the beginning of next year! Surprisingly, they also don’t have an official music video out yet so that seems to be in the works as well. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy their music through Spotify, YouTube or SoundCloud.