Against Entitlement Vinyl LP (with CD) and download
Release date: 23rd November 2009
Lazarus Clamp have been making music under this name
for 15 years. ‘Against entitlement’ is their 5th long-player and
their first for Little Red Rabbit (previous recordings were issued
on Amberley, Words and Works Rejected, Bearos, and Sorted). They
have been described in a Drowned in Sound review as one of the
“undiscovered, roughcut gems of British independent music.” They
have played at SXSW, at Summer Sundae and have toured/played with
Giant Sand, Chris Brokaw, David Grubbs, Songs:Ohia, Laura
Cantrell, Herman Dune, Bob Tilton, Ligament, Thee More Shallows, A
Minor Forest, Last Harbour and The New Year.
"Their fifth album lays articulate and considered lyrics, softly
but precisely intoned, over unexpectedly experimental textures and
deconstructed skinny guitar licks, with folksy banjo flourishes
and gently lowing strings."
"A blend of Yo La Tengo, The Evens and fIREHOSE, Lazarus Clamp
don't sit easily in the contemporary scene. You'd be forgiven for
assuming that 'Against Entitlement' is a forgotten gem, lost in
the annals of DC hardcore and the variants that followed it
throughout the 90s. At one minute [it] sounds a little alt.
country before straying back towards the band's post-hardcore
roots. Sulky, brooding and utterly brilliant."
R2 (ex-Rock N Reel)
"Bleak, beautiful and burning with a slow sadness, 'Against
Entitlement' is a demanding listen, but one which rewards
perseverance in spades."
GOD IS IN THE TV
"A collection of great tunes which if they had come from a
Pitchfork-approved band would probably be rightly lauded. There's
a measured combination of spritely country tinged indie
reminiscent of The Decemberists and wistful string arrangements
which sound like a more subdued Arcade Fire. This album cements
Lazarus Clamp's position as one of the UK's most criminally
"The album has a bass sound the size of an unpainted Forth Bridge
and guitars come across with broken glass jangles. Smashing."
"Coming in somewhere between earthy folk-rock & a loose, fluid
British take on Dischord-y post-rock, new album ‘Against
Entitlement' finds them in blistering form. One of the richest,
most satisfying & honest albums I've heard in many, many
"Barbed post-punk styled guitar assaults with a bit of rustic
loveliness in the shape of lyrical violin melodies and even the
occasional bout of banjo. It's hard to know who you could compare
Lazarus Clamp to - occasionally, you might draw comparisons with
bands like Hood or Sleeping States, and there's the feel of a more
domesticated Sonic Youth but on the whole, this is a band that
does a good job of carving out its own distinctive sound."
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