It’s often hard with Lazarus Kane to know where the line between sincerity and irony truly lies. They’ve been called everything from high-concept performance art to disco provocateurs, but it is perhaps this sense of uneasy mystery that sets them apart. In an industry often plagued by a dour self-seriousness surrounding art and the creative process, Lazarus Kane emerged as a breath of fresh air in 2019 with their Speedy Wunderground single ‘Narcissus’, a strutting, rhythmic exploration into the superficiality of modern life. They followed this up with the inescapable pop-funk of ‘Night Walking’ in 2020, further blurring the expectations of what a band could, or should, do.
So where now in 2021, with the world on pause? For Jakes, FKA the eponymous Lazarus Kane, the answer was simple. Rip everything up and start again.