Lazy Susan rose from the ashes of several Sydney pop groups in early 1999.
Based around the songwriting of Paul Andrews and Pete Wilson, and featuring Dave Keys on bass and Tim Byron on keyboards, Lazy Susan has earned a large and loyal following in an Australian music scene often characterised by hype, hyperbole and haircuts.
Lazy Susan’s music suggests its members have spent a lifetime developing their musical roots while listening to the likes of Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Todd Rundgren, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, Squeeze’s Difford and Tilbrook and quintessential Australian bands like The Sunnyboys and Happy Hate Me Nots.
Lazy Susan’s debut album, Long Lost, released in 2001, was an unqualified success. Radio played the hell out of three of the album’s tracks, Bobby Fischer, Canada and Clumsy, while it also elicited glowing praise from Australia’s music press and punters alike.
Lazy Susan’s songs embedded themselves in the mental-playlists of Australian music fans, gaining national telly and radio exposure, while the band cemented their reputation as a damn fine live act.
Two and half years later, Lazy Susan entered the studio to record Long Lost’s follow up, Never Better (2004).
Never Better was a more thought-out and expansive record, adding horns and strings and exploring Lazy Susan’s songwriting and arranging skills. They grew up but they didn’t bland out. Again, singles like Sometimes and Looking Backwards copped a well-deserved flogging on the country’s airwaves.
Lazy Susan’s third album, Every Night – produced by J Walker from Machine Translations – changed everything again.
Tempering their pop style with folk/roots edges, without losing sight of what made their songs so engaging, on Every Night, Lazy Susan drew on classic sounds sorely lacking in the fashion-rock scene.
Lazy Susan’s yet-to-be-titled fourth album will be released in 2009.
“Sydney’s Lazy Susan make a beautifully crafted shift from jangle to something as much folk-pop as melodic rock. They have tapped a rich vein of mid-tempo songs. The second and third listens start to open up the wonders; the fourth and fifth listens have you falling heavily for them.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Heartbreak. People have been writing songs about it ever since people had broken hearts and written songs. Which is a while now. Right now, I don’t know anyone who is doing it better than Lazy Susan. Their 2004 album, Never Better, is one of the best Australian records in years and every play of Every Night confirms the suspicion that these 13 tunes are similarly built to last.” – Courier Mail
“Instantly charming…the strength of Every Night is in the quality of the songs – clever pop melodies merge with fresh nuances of sound.” – Rolling Stone
“The new Lazy Susan album, Every Night, proves that there is a pop God.” – Inpress
“Scarily good.” – Drum Media
“Lazy Susan are one of our finest pop bands. The second track’s title – Something Worth Waiting For – sums up their third album. Lazy Susan are melody masters, capable of delivering poignant, bittersweet pop songs that hit you right in the heart. Genius.” – MAG (Music Australia Guide)