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Eclectic Prog • New Zealand


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THE BOB LAZAR STORY is yet another uncompromising young band from the ever-growing New Zealand scene. These guys are from Christchurch, they're on the heavier side of Eclectic Prog, with bursting patterns, hissy organ in the background Zappa's quirkiness, and Crimson angularity. They're not afraid to unexpectedly shift a time-measure or two or throw in a solid amount of jazz fusion or anything you can imagine. Their influenes are covering everything from Testament to Dixie Dregs. Yes, acoustic folksy parts are also there, as well as hi-tech synth moments.

The members of this oddity are Matt Deacon - Guitars, Mike Fudakowski - Bass(8-string bass, gentlemen!-), Kevin Roberts - Drums and Razor Nathon - Keyboards.

I must underline one thing. Regardless of wide palette of musical influences and their structural quirkiness, they're really good at knitting various harmonies. They're worth checking for that fact alone.

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3.91 | 3 ratings
(sic)
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Space Roots
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Baritonia
2017

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Silence of Perez de Cuellar
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ghost of Foodstool
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Self-Loathing Joe
2015

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 Self-Loathing Joe by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Self-Loathing Joe
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Released in 2015, Matt said this EP "sounds like two small bands having a fight on some stairs.". I guess one of those bands plays acoustic guitars, while the other is into harder rock, and somehow they have to share a drummer. And they all like Zappa, and Fripp, and jazz, and being able to make musical sense out of intricate melodies where nothing should gel, but does. Somewhere along the line Chris and Matt managed to misplace Mike, so they were down to a duo. There are even quite a few "vocals" here, but they are mostly spoken word so it doesn't detract too much from the instrumental insanity that is going on for the rest of the piece. One of the songs is nearly nine minutes long, but another is only sixteen seconds, with the seven songs getting just past the twenty-minute mark.

All their albums/EPs stretch musical boundaries without ever seeming to do so, as this music is just so easy to listen to, yet shouldn't be. I was playing this at work the other day, and I was asked what on earth it was as it was so compelling. When I told him that they were a local band (I now work in the city these guys are from) he was amazed and immediately went off to find out more. Which is exactly what you should be doing right now. Music as adventurous and wonderful as this needs full support. They have signed to Bad Elephant for their next album, which should be out in a few months' time. Until then get over to Bandcamp and listen to some music that will blow your mind.

 Ghost of Foodstool by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Ghost of Foodstool
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Looking at their Bandcamp page, I can see that Matt Deacon describes his band as "Purveyor of tritonal wankery, The Bob Lazar Story hail from Christchurch, NZ and offer you an oasis of ProgMathsyFusion to soothe your weary earholes". I've been lucky enough to hear both their albums, and their first EP, with this one following in 2014. Seven songs, with a total playing length of fourteen minutes, this is even more eclectic and brilliant than normal! One could argue that this is a close relative to Zappa, while I have also seen someone describe their music as "a tasty cake of dribbly madness". Chris Jago has an incredibly important part to play behind the drums, making them much more of an in your face instrument, very much in keeping with jazz, than one may expect from a rock act. Mike Fudakowski has a similar role with the bass, and they both try to keep up with the manic Matt on guitar.

They are all obviously off their rockers, as this music is hard to describe, yet also always makes total perfect sense. It is melodic, controlled, easy to listen to, yet takes King Crimson to whole new level. Why these guys aren't huge I will never understand, but until the world sits up and takes notice, us in the minority will smile and nod knowingly that these guys are musical geniuses

 Space Roots by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Space Roots
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars In 2009, Matt had the next album almost 95% written when he had to return to the UK for an extended period so all writing and recording stopped until he returned to NZ in 2012. At this point he got together all of the music from the various places it was stored, got in a friend to undertake all of the basswork, and put together an album. It is thematic in the sense that it has a long track followed by a short one, the result being that the album contains some 19 songs in the end. In some ways it isn't as consistent in its' approach as the others, but given how the album came together it is really not at all surprising. Again we are treated to some wonderful instrumental numbers where I found that I ended up in a world where I really wanted to stay for a while. This is music that definitely benefits from being played at headphones so that there are no distractions and all of the nuances (such as a simple acoustic guitar drop in for just one bar) are there to be heard. The only positive about not coming across Matt before is that I was able to hear all three of his works in one go, the downside of course is that I am now hungry for more. He is a wonderful guitarist with some great eclectic ideas, and fans of Zappa and music that is made by real musicians really do need to hear this asap. Available, as are the others, as downloads from various places such as Bandcamp as well as CDs from his website at www.lucidbrucemusic.com. Below is his own guide to the album

"It's Thirteen" (03.08)

From "The Aranui Sessions" recorded in June 2009. Clunky, quirky and heavy. Like your mother.

"Synthyer" (0.07)

Short but sweet.

"Two Vowels Contemplate The End Of The World" (05.26)

Longest track on the CD. Goes through several changes. No wanky prog solos.

"Fuhdstewl" (00.24)

Short but sweeter.

"Instant Jedi" (02.27)

One of the very few guitar solos features in the midst of another track from "The Aranui Sessions".

"Rawk" (00.16)

Heavy, synthy, short. Drums by Chris Jago, who once played in goal against Robbie Fowler.

"Mr Weiner Pants" (02.54)

My old Headmaster used to wear his trousers very high. Lots of gear shifts in this one. Third track from "The Aranui Sessions".

"Techno Bert vs The Klezzies" (00.41)

Eastern Europe meets game show meets Knight Rider on steroids.

"Alive In The Mullet Zone" (3.00)

Fearsome drums from The Jago. Riff-Tastic first half, Jazzy bit, then best solo ever by me. Someone once told me an old song of mine sounded like YYZ by Rush, so the last 4 notes pay homage to the end of that song.

"Deadbiking Trilogy" (04.49)

This one took ages to write. All synth for the first 2 parts, then multi layered guitar outro. Will be the hardest for rock fans to get into, but almost my favourite tune on the disc.

"Late Night Guitar" (00.42)

Four guitars, nowt else.

"Henry Kissinger Must Diet" (02.36)

The last of "The Aranui Sessions". Starts in 9/4 and morphs into mellow jazz before heavy ending.

"Lou Reed's Haemorrhoids" (00.10)

Lou Reed's Haemorrhoids have more talent than Lou Reed.

"Rawk II" (03.22)

Heavy and synthy with a beautiful bass interlude from Fud.

"Death To The Meat Whores" (00.12)

Short but Swede.

"I Haven't Touched Your Dog, Mate" (03.53)

Honestly, I haven't. Mellower tune to break up the madness, although there is a heavy break in the middle.

"Widdly Diddly" (00.25)

Sequenced oddness.

"Glass Eyed II" (03.04)

Written to a pre-existing drum track. Heavy, jazzy, clunky.

"Siren" (01.15)

Thereminty. Mellow closer.

 The Silence of Perez de Cuellar by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Silence of Perez de Cuellar
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Matt followed up the 2006 release of '(sic)' with this EP (another UFO reference in the title) the following year. No drum machine here (and in fact there are two drummers credited). This album is even more Zappa-esque than the previous one, with some wonderful bass/guitar/drum interplay as each musician is in perfect sync with the others. There are also some delicate vibraphones in the background at times, which also adds to the feel. This EP is more controlled than the previous one, with a seeming less spontaneity and more thought and layering. Matt has also ensured that everyone has their chance to shine, and there is a wonderfully poignant bass solo in "My Hand Looks Like A Brontosaurus" which is followed by some multi-layered guitars that takes it all to a new level.

In many ways this is music that is incredibly complex, yet in others it is quite simple as it is all about clean lines and demarcation while bringing everything together in a wonderfully warm and non-clinical manner. There are times when everything is almost gentle in its' approach, while at others it is a collision waiting to happen as the notes are flying everywhere yet it always maintains the patterns so that everyone comes through unscathed. This really is instrumental progressive jazz-influenced Zappa-influenced music as its' very best. www.lucidbrucemusic.com

 (sic) by BOB LAZAR STORY, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.91 | 3 ratings

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(sic)
The Bob Lazar Story Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars When I was asked to join the Crossover Team on PA I had many email conversations with the team leader, Marty, who asked me if I knew that it was possible to search for band by country and provided a link. I wasn't aware, so immediately went off to have a look at NZ as we aren't exactly a prog hotbed down here. I commented that some bands were probably missing from the list, but was surprised and pleased to see that there were some active bands around, which is how I got in touch with Matt Deacon. In 2004 he released an album under his own name, which was more ambient but with some prog leanings, and he felt that if he was going to release something that was very different then perhaps he should use a pseudonym, so due to his interest in UFO's he chose the name Bob Lazar (a controversial figure in the scene who claims to have worked with extra-terrestrial technology). The first time I played this I was just blown away, as here is another artist unknown to me (and many others), who is bringing together elements of Zappa with Seventies progressive music in a guitar-driven album that is impressive to say the least. Matt is a wonderful guitarist with great feel, and is happy to use acoustic or electric, whatever the requirement is for the piece, and will bring in heavier elements or jazz as the mood strikes. Most of the drums on this album are a machine, but actually isn't as intrusive as it could be, and Matt brought in some mates to act as session musicians so that it has more of a band feel. There are times when it blasts into something avant-garde that could have come straight from the Art Zoyd playbook and I love it.

There is a real melange of styles throughout this album, with the only constant being Matt's guitar, which is often, although not always, driving the proceedings forward. He has an incredible fluidity to all that he does and I am sure that if he was based in the UK or America as opposed to down here in NZ then he would be really well known within the scene. He provided me his own views on the songs and they are worth repeating.

"Levers Of Doom" ? Acoustic intro over feedback fades in to main section of eastern tinged melody, back to acoustic, then heavy outro. "ThreeFourFaster" - Reworking of tune from first album. Heavier, faster. With theremin. This one has been # 1 in the all time guitar charts on garageband.com(Experimental Rock) for the last year.

"Double Turn Double Safe" ? Heavy, heavier, then country.

"Heavy Sandwich" ? Groovy first section, then acoustic solo, then outro section with monster sax solo.

"Greengold" ? My ode to Spirulina. Percussive intro, grinding odd time riff, keyboard feature, space out then key solo and guitar solo outro.

"Son of Six" ? Another old tune reworked into a more acoustic feel. I really like this one. "The Progressive Adventures Of Foodstool" ? Weird and wacky, several different directions explored in one song.

"I Didn't Get Anything Off That" ? Epic outro, building from humble beginning featuring Tanya Didham on spoken word stream of consciousness.

All in all this is a wonderful album that those into Zappa style inventive guitar driven prog seriously need to investigate. www.lucidbrucemusic.com

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