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Plastic Dreaming About The Lizards

No, we're not under the influence of some illicit drug or alcohol. We're talking about "Plastic Dreams" - the new single from The Lizards.

The Lizards are a psych-garage rock four-piece from Birmingham, formed in 2015 and made up of Radek Kubiszyn, Dan Whitehouse, Liam Radburn and Harry Shaw. They draw their main influence from the ‘60s. With dreamlike vocal melodies, shimmering wall of guitars, pulsating synths and a pounding rhythm section, their style can be mapped somewhere between Tame Impala, Ty Segall, Ariel Pink and Spiritualized.

The release of 2016’s single, ‘Houdini’, blasted the band into the psych scene, receiving backing from BBC Radio 1, BBC West Midlands and Brum Radio, as well as press: “‘Houdini’ is where The Lizards’ blend of raw readiness and reverb-drenched detail magnificently mesh – from the off-kilter and slightly occult subject matter to the twisting, propulsive guitar solo that booms straight from a dog-eared speaker”. – Louder Than War

Having shared the stage with the likes of Dream Wife, JAWS, HMLTD, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Paul Cherry, the band looked outwards from the bubbling underground of West Midlands and found success throughout the UK, having appeared at Oxford’s Ritual Union and Nottingham’s Dot to Dot festivals, among others. 2019’s single ‘Astroboy’ indicated a slight change in direction, towards more synth-driven, fuzzy psych-pop: “‘Astroboy’ is a suitably spacey lament about the uncertainty of youth. Imagine the distorted vocals of Wavves, the fidgety psychedelic pomp of King Gizzard and the weed-infused wonder of early MGMT, and you have an irresistible slice of surging rock that will leave you longing for seconds”. – Grapevine Birmingham

The new single "Plastic Dream" continues in this theme with another synth-soaked indie-rock tune. Fronted by some psychedelic vocals and backed by some solid guitar and drums, it's a song that certainly brings visions of flower-power style 60's vibe. Or, if like me, you're more of a 90's kid, a bit of a Kula Shaker vibe. It's an exciting sound that seems to become fashionable every 30 years or so and it's just the right time for The Lizards to revive it.

The Lizards are quickly becoming one of our favourite bands and I highly recommend you give them a listen!

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