Raised under the scorching Arizona sun, LAZER BEAM – the solo desert pop project of multi-instrumentalist, Lucust French – is heavy, somewhat demented but never anything less than original.
Much like his work with former outfit Burn Thee Insects (formed by French and his father Mitch in 2015) LAZER BEAM’s music is practically built on industry and ingenuity. Choosing to record his music outside and on the move, for his self-titled debut we’re treated to songs cut in the heart of Prescott National Forest, East Maricopa County, and countless other locations thanks to a generator, and close friend and producer, Chris Hughes (Burn Thee Insects, KOOK, Phantom Hound).
Spurred on by the history of stoner rock and influenced by bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Devo, Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys, just as no two stars are ever the same, the range of sounds on offer here dazzle and devour the desert landscape. Whilst LAZER BEAM might pull inspiration from past experiences with drug and alcohol abuse, thankfully he now rides high on autonomy and hope. Perhaps best exemplified here on his fuzz driven debut single, ‘Take Me Home’; a raucous and raging boy-meets-girl tale captured at FiveThirteen Recording in Tempe, with French playing practically every instrument you hear.
LAZER BEAM’s self-titled, debut album is released 6th November on Coffin & Bolt Records.