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Lazystars / Press

"Neon Reverb presents The Lazystars at Artifice along with United Ghosts and Shiny Boots of Leather.

"Keep feeling Imagination: Imagine Dragons, The Lazystars and Princeton at Neon Reverb ...It was right after Aerodrone finished its set at the March 12 Beauty Bar Neon Reverb show that attendees made a mass exodus to the outside stage. Setting up were locals The Lazystars, ready to hit the crowd with their keyboard-infused, U.K.-influenced music. At first things were a little mellow, with sections of the crowd only starting to move their feet after bassist Joshua Jackson initiated a clap-along. It was only once lead singer Dave Hawkins brought his guitar out that the band’s momentum picked up. The crowd responded in earnest to favorites like “Pictures and Photographs.”

"Though they've played in such notable Vegas bands as Psychic Radio, Big Bad Zero and The Killers, The Lazystars' blissed out rock 'n' roll doesn't bear much in common with the band members' solid pedigrees. Instead, they've forged their own sound, posited on buoyant melodies and cresting guitars... What do The Lazystars sound like? Hawkins: "Sounds like that first shot of whiskey after a hard day's night."...

"If The Beatles were formed in the 21st Century, they would be Las Vegas’ own The Lazystars. Comprised of Dave Hawkins (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Brian Havens (Drums), Joshua Jackson (Bass) and Dave Meeks (Guitar/Backing Vocals), they are probably the biggest non-cover band Glitter Gulch has to offer. ...You’ve earned your plug – go for it! Joshua: I’m new to the band, I’ve been in the band about a month now, I’m not used to the style of music, I come from a Reggae, kind of funk, background, but this music is absolutely amazing. It’s like Oasis meets The Strokes, sideswipe Coldplay, it’s a totally good feel. I think the band is going in a totally new direction. It’s gonna be great! I moved to Vegas because I thought there was a scene there. I was disappointed at first but I’m a revived believer in the Vegas scene because I found the people to do it with and it’s just amazing... Such a step in the right direction. Anything can happen! I’m looking forward to it.

"A Downtown institution that takes pride in its dive bar-ness ...Saturday night, 1:30 a.m. For a moment I was almost scared to get out of my car. Just as I was about to exit, a bunch of dudes wearing beat-up wife-beaters unfurled themselves from a ’70s clunker. I decided they were either homeless or the coolest hipsters ever. I christened the crew “shitsters” (shit + hipster = looking like a homeless person walking past the bar, not drinking in it). But as I was later to discover, they already had a name. This was local band The Lazystars."

"Dave Hawkins was there for its birth, and now he’s marking the passing of Matteo’s Underground Lounge in song. “Time to say goodbye to the Underground/Time to raise ’em high for one more round/Though we walk away, our hearts will stay/Lights out,” the frontman for Vegas outfit The Lazy Stars sings as the assembly in the cramped Boulder City club hoist their collective drinks to the sky.

"The Weekly playlist: Class of ’08 We celebrate a stellar year in local music by listening to 10 of our favorite tracks (presented in recommend playing order). ...10. The Lazystars, “Still Remember” (All of the Difference EP) Dave Hawkins proves himself ready for prime time with the Chris Martin-esque three-part harmony at the end of this lighter-ready number.

"Local indie-rockers The Lazystars are kicking off the New Year with their first show of 2010 at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip this Thursday. The Weekly caught up with two of the members, singer Dave Hawkins and drummer Brian Havens. Can fans expect to hear any new songs on Thursday? Hawkins: Actually, we do have a new song, it's a really good one, we're all happy with it. We're going to debut it at the show. We're just going to play that one song and that's it. So it stands out more you know? Do you think there's a perk to playing on the Strip versus Downtown? Havens: There's a world outside of the Vegas indie scene. The Strip is so commercial, if you play out there it's cool, it's like dipping your feet in that broader audience. ... The biggest deal about this is it's our first show of the year. Honestly, it's pivotal in a sense for us, because it's stepping up our game with this new song, and there's a certain new energy about the way the songs are coming out of us.

“LIGHT OF DAY E.P. REVIEW "The Lazystars must get laid a lot. In case chick-ensnaring power ballad “Still Remember,” off first EP All of the Difference, wasn’t enough, the local quartet has new bait: “She Knows Everything,” the middle cut on the three-song Light of Day. “I can’t feel without your touch/I can’t have a thought without thinking way too much,” Dave Hawkins croons amid silky-smooth instrumentation. Now let’s see him sing it with a straight face onstage. Thing is, though, it’s one catchy tune. So is opener “Pictures and Photographs,” which sneaks up on you in a psychedelic-pop sorta way. And damn if that closing title track doesn’t rock out with its guitar out. Hmm, maybe dudes can hang with The Lazystars, too."”

“..."Dave Hawkins: I’ve seen the music scene change so much over the years. It just comes in waves. … Now I think that all the venues downtown like Bunkhouse and Beauty Bar and then Wasted Space, there are three venues that have rejuvenated the music scene and the talent just kind of appears out of nowhere. Timing is everything in the music scene. We’re in the best time of it right now, I believe. Brian, have you had any backlash since your recent major haircut? Havens: It’s been a very challenging process. Most of the girls have been saying, “Aw, it looks cute. But I loved it when it was longer!” I’m going to keep it short for awhile. … It was kind of representational of the idea that I’m not hiding anymore. Here’s my face. Here we are. Here’s our music. You’re going to like it."...”

“..."Okay, technically The Lazystars have performed in public once before—in June in Boulder City—but that show featured a three-man lineup sans guitar, so the Saturday night Zia in-store is for all purposes the group’s launch. And, despite the location’s bright-lights-at-night backdrop and you’re-on-your-own sound system, the happening goes down as a raging success. “It went better than you would think your first show would go,” Dave Hawkins, The Lazystars’ songwriter, lead vocalist and keyboardist, says as he merrily signs copy upon copy of the band’s new EP, All of the Difference. By the time the four musicians and some close friends congregate for drinks at Casa di Amore later in the night, they’ve sold more than half their initial 100-disc pressing."... ”