2016 review

2016 will no doubt go down as a bit of a catastrophe for music – it took so many all-time greats from us that it makes it hard to appreciate all the good stuff that happened and all the great records that were released. We’ve made a playlist of our favourites at the bottom of this post. Check it out and share.

For us as a band, 2016 was probably our best year to date. Kicking it off with a huge, unforgettable tour with our pals Bowling For Soup, finally playing the elusive main stage at our beloved ROCK CITY, releasing our EP ‘I Don’t Owe The World A Thing’, seeing off the legends that are Motion City Soundtrack on their farewell tour over the summer, and a couple of sell-out headline shows the four of us will never ever forget. It’s going to be a tough one to top.

2017 will definitely mean new music from us and we’re deep in the writing process. We can’t say when, but we can say we’ll be taking our time to get it right. We’re at a bit of a crossroads in our career, so we owe it to ourselves and to you guys to put nothing less than our absolute best into it, so whatever happens we’ll at least know we’ve given it our all.

All we ask from you guys is a little bit of patience and for you to keep doing what you’ve always done – keep telling your friends about us and dragging them down to shows. Old fans and new; we really appreciate you all sticking by us and being part of this, it genuinely means the world to the four of us and we’re excited to share what’s next with you all.

Happy new year everyone. Thanks for an amazing year. See you in January/February 2017!

Dave, Graz, Josh & Pete x
Lacey

#NowPlaying Lacey’s 2016 Mix Tape by Lacey

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT! Motion City Soundtrack

Hey guys,

We’re super excited to announce that we’re going to be opening for the legendary Motion City Soundtrack. We’re honoured to have been asked, and we can’t wait for the tour. Also some of our favourite bands – The Xcerts and Dinosaur Pile Up will be playing too, so you’re in for a real treat!

Couple of things – these shows will 100% sell-out, so make sure you grab your tickets early. Secondly, if you want to catch our set you need to get down to the shows as early as possible! We all know how difficult it can be getting through security and ticketing etc so we don’t want you to miss us!

See you out there!

Aug 17 2016 – O2 Ritz – Manchester
Aug 18 2016 – O2 Institute 2 – Birmingham
Aug 19 2016 – O2 Forum Kentish Town – London

Tickets:
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/motion-city-soundtrack-tickets

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‘I Don’t Owe The World A Thing’ – behind the artwork.

I went into some detail about how I put our album cover together last year and for some reason you guys were interested to hear about it, so it seemed only right to give you a bit of background information on how we settled on the artwork for our brand new EP.

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For us, this EP was an exercise in jumping into the unknown. During the writing process we made a conscious effort to not look sideways at whatever else was out there or what other bands were doing that was considered ‘cool’. We just wanted the songs to be organic, like they should be. We needed to write this way; we had spent a fair while pushing and pulling in various directions as we found our feet when it came to writing our album, but since then we’ve figured out where we want to be and that predominantly involved not giving a shit whether a song might get radio play or be ‘marketable’. Our EP is exactly what we wanted to write, it’s our collective influences and individual musical histories stirred up together and I think you can hear that. When I listen to it I hear ‘Clarity’, I hear ‘Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’, I hear ‘Something To Write Home About’, and that’s because we all grew up with those records and those influences shine through.

Anyway, when we’d finished we felt suitably defiant. We were proud of this uncompromising effort and we needed something that represented it. As usual, that fell to me as the resident graphic designer, and I was pretty daunted by the task of coming up with a visual representation of this defiant sound. We went through numerous concepts, some were alright and some were downright dog-shit, and I started to fret a little as the deadline, one set by the at-the-time unannounced Bowling For Soup tour support, drew closer.
A couple of weeks before deadline day I stumbled across an image (which I initially thought was a photo) of a boy atop an impossibly steep hill on a skateboard. I immediately knew this was the one, and I sent it straight to our WhatsApp group to see if the boys felt the same. This is important: in the 5 and a bit years we have been a band we have NEVER agreed creatively on ANYTHING at the first attempt. Our album artwork went through around 20 drafts before we were all happy, our Outlaws EP changed even past the release date (the iTunes and physical copies are totally different). We gel brilliantly musically, but when it comes to design and art we all have glaringly conflicting tastes, so it’s safe to say that when I sent that skateboarding kid into the WhatsApp group I wasn’t holding my breath.
About a minute passed and the replies came in. Graz: ‘That’s the one! That’s got to be the one!’, Josh: ‘I LOVE it! How do we get it?!!’ Pete: ‘Yes’ (always the straight talking one). After 5 years we finally agreed on something first time around.

Now all I needed to do was hunt it down. After a hair-pulling weekend of searching the entire internet for this tiny, low resolution image, I traced it back to an incredible Australian fine-artist named Ron Francis. It was at that point that I realised what we had fallen in love with wasn’t a photo, it was an insanely detailed painting; a testament to the skill of the artist. I approached Ron hat in hand and explained from the off what we wanted to do, and why, and was also quick to mention that we had never agreed on artwork until now. I explained that this image was a perfect representation of our record. Here is a kid at the top of a hill, about to do something he loves – something clearly reckless, for no other reason than to do it because he loves doing it and wants to experience it. He doesn’t care about the consequences; he’s going to do this for better or worse. It was these parallels that we all immediately drew from our own individual experiences with writing and recording this EP; the not pandering to trends; not caring about who it was for beyond the four of us – us just doing it for the love of making music we like.

Ron is a brilliant, generous, genius of a man. Humble given his gift, a gift which, as a fellow ‘artist’ (term used loosely in my case) really makes me feel terrible about my limited abilities by comparison. He was completely into what we were trying to achieve and why the painting meant so much to us, and he was immediately on board and even had the original professionally photographed for the first time since it was painted back in 2005. I assured him i’d be treating the painting with the greatest respect when it came to adding our name and title, because it’s the image – the work of actual art – that is important here… i’d have been happy with no logo whatsoever! In the end, I came up with a logo concept that was as understated and mature as it could be whilst not detracting away from the artwork. I’ll be honest, finding and agreeing on this masterpiece painting was kind of a relief for me.. it meant I got a rare pass from designing literally everything this band puts out. Not that that’s why I liked the painting..

We’ve been told the cover is dark, that our EP is melancholic and paired with the cover it adds another layer of heartache or contrition or melancholy in whatever form you choose to interpret it. And that’s great, because it’s confirmation that our choice of cover is an extension of what we wrote, and also – we’re a serious fucking rock band now, you know?

I hope you all like the EP. As modest a band as we are, we think we’re on to something with it. Please all spread the word and elevate us to an arena sized band so I can afford to buy the original painting by the genius that is Ron Francis.

Dave x

NEW EP OUT NOW!

Oh hi there stranger. We have a new EP out, it’s called ‘I Don’t Owe The World A Thing’ and it’s out RIGHT NOW! If you didn’t pick up a copy on tour, you can grab one on our new and improved merch store! It’s available for both digital download and on limited edition CD.

Enjoy!

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Filming the ‘Contender’ video.

At the end of summer we spent 14 hours in a warehouse in Nottingham filming the video for our track ‘Contender’, here is a few stills from the shoot and some annotation.

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This was Grazz about 3 hours in, covered in a mixture of powder paint, ready mixed paint and feathers. Everything we threw at Grazz was a visual and physical representation of the expectations of others you experience in life.

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We wrote ‘Contender’ in 2014, the song is about trying to make people think that you are somebody. To date, this is collectively one of our favourite tracks to play live.

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About 10 hours in. This shot is Grazz taking a quick break between takes, at this point the wet paint was very cold in an even colder warehouse, this was more than likely after 40 takes of Grazz having the rest of the band covering him paint. This point in the video is where Grazz falls to his knees, it represents the point where the the weight of expectation has got too much.

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Grazz smiling. he did have fun.

Watch the full video HERE.

NEW! Contender video

We made a video for ‘Contender’. Basically, we just wanted an excuse to throw stuff at Graz for a day. To his credit, he was a real trooper the whole shoot. Let us know what you think of the video!

Annual Christmas Show

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Come hang out with us for our annual Christmas show! It’ll be our final show before we head out on tour with the mighty Bowling for Soup, so expect to hear some surprises and possibly some unheard material if you’re lucky.

14+ show. General admission £7adv. We’ve also got a VERY limited number of tickets with a pre-show full acoustic set which also gains you early entry, as well as some other cool stuff! Get tickets here: http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/lacey-the-bodega-2015-12-13-19-00

Supports TBC.

Tour Announcement: We’re supporting BOWLING FOR SOUP!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! We are are hugely honoured, humbled and excited to be opening for the legendary Bowling For Soup on their huge UK tour in February 2016! Not only that, but The Dollyrots are playing too – so it’s going to be the greatest tour ever! Tickets are available now and it is likely to sell out, so get yours now here: www.livenation.co.uk/artist/bowling-for-soup-tickets

February 2016
1 O2 Academy Glasgow
2 O2 Academy Newcastle
3 O2 Academy Leeds
4 O2 Academy Liverpool
5 Manchester Academy
6 O2 Academy Birmingham
7 O2 Academy Sheffield
8 Norwich UEA
9 Nottingham Rock City
10 Guildford G Live
11 London Camden Roundhouse
12 O2 Academy Bournemouth
13 Southampton Guildhall
14 Cardiff Great Hall
15 O2 Academy Bristol

The story behind our album artwork

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Hey guys, Dave here. I get asked a lot about the artwork for our album ‘Under the Brightest Lights’, so thought i’d go into a little more detail about it (stop reading now if you don’t want to be bored senseless).

The album title (as well as being a lyric in ‘Contender’) is a bit of a play on words of us obviously being on stage sweating it out under lights and being where we want to be. The reason we chose that line as the title is primarily because of the themes explored throughout the album – what I took most from Graz’s lyrics was the concept, or at least the all-too-real awareness of time, and I guess on a broader scale, existentialism and finding your place in the world when opportunities to change your life don’t often present themselves. And I guess even the flip side of that being that everything, everywhere, is potentially everyone’s for the taking.

So when it came to designing the artwork for the album I tried to draw on these themes rather than playing to the obvious stage lighting double-meaning, and thought about how we could portray this on the largest scale. My interpretation of the title was us, all of us, no matter where you are in the world, being under the same stars – the very brightest of all lights, finding our way through life and overcoming whatever personal, spiritual or even literal mountains that are in front of us.

Hell, if you really want to get into it there’s even inspiration from Oscar Wilde in there;

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

(This quote was actually painted on my childhood friend Anthony’s kitchen ceiling and I always thought about it growing up).

Anyway – that’s it. In a nutshell, it’s an interpretation of Graz’s lyrics about freaking out about not knowing what the future holds, which, in Lacey’s case is something we’re actually pretty happy about. Having this album is a massive achievement for all of us, and who knows what path it’ll set the four of us on.. That’s pretty exciting. All we know is that it could be the start of something great, and that’s all down to you guys helping us get to where we are.

Let us know what you think of the artwork!

Dave

Live review: Already Heard

Check out this ace review of our album launch show at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham from the good folks at Already Heard.

http://alreadyheard.com/post/121028640352/live-review-lacey-no-disco-rescue-rooms

Check out some live shots from the show by the incredible Amber Ryan here.

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