Lazarus Clamp’s latest opus, The Bird Is Not the Metaphor, is to be released on Monday the 20th April. Two days prior to that, however, on Record Store Day, (18th April) an exquisite, limited edition vinyl version will become available to anyone who’s quick enough off the blocks to get it. To celebrate said fact the guys at Damnably have granted us the extreme honour of a whole album stream to share with you, our readers. Check it out above, and find more info about the album – and band – below.

When Adrian Bloxham reviewed The Bird for us he gave it a praiseworthy 8 / 10 and extolled its music which he described as being “folky with a punky outsider attitude and a rough sounding edge.” In short, though, it’s an album drenched in emotion but never without, to quote Adrian again, an “…undercurrent of melancholy here and the feeling of a life well lived everywhere.” The guitar playing the album’s founded upon is simply breathtaking too, although the ostensibly simple music, to the untrained ear, could easily belie that fact.

Anyway – on to details about the release itself, starting with information about the vinyl. This, from Damnably…

Lazarus Clamp will be releasing their Limited edition, 3-sided, 2×12″ 150 Gram-Vinyl 6th LP available exclusively on Record Shop Day in the UK & Europe (April 18th) on Damnably Records.

The special pack contains a free real CD & bonus unreleased material on download.

The CD & Digital versions are released on April 20th and on Pre-Order at iTunes and Amazon and all distributed by Shellshock .

Some more info about the band…

“Lazarus Clamp formed in Leicester in 1994 and forged a Big Black / Steve Albini influenced angular post-hardcore sound that stretched to them embracing the concept of recording live and as a whole band onto analogue tape.

“Over their 20 years lifespan, the band shifted through post rock, alt-country, even covering a 350 English Folk song to settle on their own brand of lilty, swingsome post-punk. They’ve shared stages with Giant Sand, Laura Cantrell, Shannon Wright and The New Year.”

Some more info about the new album…

“‘The Bird Is Not The Metaphor’ was recorded in an Oasthouse by Lewis Childs, mastered at Bob Weston’s Chicago Mastering Service by Matthew Barnhart (Bedhead, Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina, SuperChunk, Bob Mould live).”

About the kit used to record the album…

“As sound and equipment connoisseurs, the band use a variety of ancient Kelly, Selmer & Traynor Valve amps, a renovated 60’s Ludwig Drum Kit, homemade FX pedals and at least 1 member owns a Travis Bean guitar.”

Lazarus Clamp have the following live dates scheduled in the near future…

  • May 2 –  ‘Walpurgist Night Alldayer’ Brixton Windmill, London w/ Crumbling Ghost / smallgang / Former Utopia.
  • May 3 –  Salford, Sounds From The other City Festival.

Find The Bird Is Not The Metaphor on the Record Shop Day website here.

Lazarus Clamp are on Facebook and tweet as @lazclamp. They also have a page on Damnably’s website.

Curious as to what the band look like with fake beards on? Be so no longer…

Lazarus Clamp band picture

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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