Emerging from Liverpool’s ever-febrile indie-rock scene, Lasso Moon‘s origins stem from two bands: blues-rock gang Sankofa and garage-rock troop, Broken Men. From these roots, Lasso Moon’s sound takes in a wide number of indie, rock and grunge influences, with lead singer Bobby Westhead’s voice evoking Nick Cave at his rock-est or Frank Black at his most guttural.
The band, as you might guess from these influences, cite inspiration from Pixies, Sonic Youth and Cave, whilst to my ears, there’s something Soundgarden-y in their grunge-rock, quiet-loud-quiet fug and the similarity between Westhead’s barking, baritone and that of Chris Cornell.
Currently, the band’s Soundcloud page lists only two songs – ‘A Taste of You’ and ‘Kimota Codeine’ – with the latter having been chosen for a single-launch, come February. Recorded in leafy Aigburth, Liverpool’s bohemian suburb, at the famous Motor Museum studio (Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Jake Bugg), the single’s title seems to make reference to the catchphrase of British superhero, Marvelman (seriously, Google it), whilst its lyrics attest to the power of the eponymous painkiller to help you ‘slip away’.
With the shared experience of gigging and touring, confidence and swagger in both their sound and their appearance – judging by their recent video homage to Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Down By Law’ – Lasso Moon seem set to break out in 2017.
‘Kimota Codeine’, the new single from Lasso Moon, is out 27 January.