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Lazy Preacher
Fall Asleep When Awaking
Organik Records
June 2007

Kicking off the album with a sarcastic jab at rote songwriting seems like a dangerous move when your band sounds faintly like a college rock shapeshifter, but after a quick diversion into genre deconstruction, Lazy Preacher prove a bit deeper than first impressions might suggest.

After a joke song intro (“Same Old Song”), Lazy Preacher reheat their own game, by sounding at once like a vintage Velvet Underground cut and a brand new Shins B-side on “Evolve Anyway.” Plaintive vocals linger amidst a toiling stream of acoustic guitar tinkerings and a subliminally minimal rhythm track as the slight, but catchy chorus  attacks Bible-belt evolution hardliners with the refrain, “The truth is plain as day / We evolve anyway.” Twee guitars and sing-songy verses abound, making for an American counterpoint to Sub Pop’s acid folk funkateers Jennifer Gentle.

While the consistently faint and ubiquitous acoustic guitars do at times try the patience on an album that plays a few of its notes a bit too often, moments of originality continually bob to the surface to ignite excitement: be it a swirling pan flute, a raga guest attack (by someone named Mr. Ganjahmon no less) or a burst of Flaming Lips-style absurdism (“My jesus smoking cocaine”) on “Circling Babble Hurts.” By the time Lazy Preacher lurches into a hill-billy slash-and-burn cover of the Sex Pistols “Pretty Vacant” its obvious nothing is sacred and everything is set to implode. In a good way.

Favorite Track: “Evolve Anyway”

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Christopher j Ewing is a writer and filmmaker living in San Francisco with a girl and a designer dog (Chihuahua vs. dachshund). He is in a band by himself and has a myspace account ( and a production company ( for freelance film and crit/journo work.

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