Norwegian-New York punks Lazy Queen are back to their reflective selves for 2023, demonstrating their talent for introspection on new single “4th Contact” – listen here. Appearing alongside previous releases “Option To Nothing” and “243 New, Moon”, the new single is taken from their forthcoming EP “Growing Pains” (out April 14 2023 via Icons Creating Evil Art).
As Lazy Queen return to their long-time collaborator Morten Øby for the new record, there’s a dramatic shift from the impulsiveness on “Option To Nothing” as “4th Contact” softly paces through a renewed sense of self-awareness with electronic flourishes appearing as a guiding light.
Explaining “4th Contact” in more detail, Henrik García Søberg says: “If I’ve learned anything from the past year it’s that growth is extremes – it’s contrast and duality. It’s healing and pain all in one. It’s imperfect. So with this period of change and growth for us as individuals and as a group being the catalyst for the writing of Growing Pains as a whole, it makes a lot of sense to me that it materialised in both the hardest and softest song we’ve done in a while. ‘Option To Nothing’ being the former and ‘4th Contact’ being the latter.”
In late 2022, Lazy Queen announced their new EP “Growing Pains” would be released on Friday 14th April 2023 via Icons Creating Evil Art. Upon announcement, Henrik explains “We’ve been going through significant life changes in the time since we wrote “A Human Reaction”, both as a band and as individuals. I’ve had to really think about who I am, and who I want to be, and what I want from my music and the band as a whole. It’s been a process of being forced to look frustration, depletion, shortcomings and self-doubt straight in the eye without seeking the first and best route of escape and self-soothing. Growing Pains is our expression of this process and our experiences living it.”
The release of previous singles “Option To Nothing” and “243 New, Moon” saw Lazy Queen capture the attention of BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and more. At press, these two singles made their mark as Lazy Queen debuted on Kerrang Magazine’s K! Chart and earned continued support from Rock Sound, Distorted Sound, Louder Than War, Backseat Mafia, to name a few.. In this short space of time, Lazy Queen have been playlisted on Spotify’s New Music Friday Norway, All New Punk, and Norsk Rock, and Tidal’s On The Rocks.
“GROWING PAINS” EP TRACK LISTING
- 243 New, Moon
- Dumb MF
- I See You
- Option To Nothing
- 4th Contact