Review of Lizzie and the Yes Men – ‘Deserts’
Lizzie and the Yes Men dress like they belong in the Sixties and profess that a lot of their influences come from that period (the Ronettes and Beach Boys to name just two) but sound pretty unique in their own right. Somewhere previously between indie-pop and post-punk they call their sound ‘Tarantino surf rock’. Lizzie and the Yes Men are Lizzie Holdforth, Keir Greenaway, Andy Goodman and Brendan Bailey.
The East London five-piece are releasing new single ‘Deserts’ on 10th December and you can see the Laurence Von Thomas -directed video below:
The band are releasing the track as a follow-up to debut ‘The Broadwalk’ – a really catchy number that was a good kick off to gain the band some following.
‘Deserts’ is much more grown up and a stronger track all round and is definitely “hotter than a desert fire”. I liked this track on first listen and have played it a lot since. You can also see the influence of the renowned photographer / curator Laurence Von Thomas here too in the way the video is put together. Laurence Von Thomas, who has previously worked with the likes of Patti Smith and Mark Ronson shot the video in a crumbling Victorian industrial warehouse.
The sound of this new single is richer and heavier than previous tracks like ‘The Boadwalk’ and ‘The Loneliness’ (which I also like by the way) and potentially provides the band with a new dimension to their music. My favourite of their tracks so far and I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band.
If you haven’t yet seen Lizzie and the Yes Men you can catch them at one of the following locations in the next few weeks:
6th December: Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch
12th December: Bopp Club, Hysteria, Dalston
Review by Doug Duffin