Name, where are you from?
My name is Lazarus Kane. I hail from the United States of America.
Describe your style in three words?
Lazarus’ Luxury Lounge (copyright).
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I saw Rick Springfield perform in the parking lot of a Chuck E. Cheese back in ’82. That particular version of 'Jessie’s Girl' was nothing short of a spiritual awakening.
If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Firstly, I would only agree to do this if all my rider requirements were fully met, and I do not use those words lightly. When I say 'premium prawn cocktail' in the dressing room, I don’t mean goddamn potato chips. First up, me and my friends The Rolling Stones would do 'Tumbling Dice'. Myself and those fine gentlemen go way back, I nearly replaced Bill Wyman on the four-string, but I had a package holiday to Antigua already booked. Second, Suicide would come on and perform 'Dream Baby Dream', yeah, one for the lovers, brothers and mothers.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
Personally, I’m not a fan of submarines. I saw the 'K19: The Widowmaker' starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson a few weeks back on a DeeVeeDee a friend of mine had. Disappointed.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
The person who invented the concept of the hour. I have a respect for horologists that few understand. Like time itself, for that matter.
Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
Back in the late '90s, I was slapping 2nd Djembe in Rusted Root. We played a now defunct venue in Portland, Oregon called 'The Whispering Slipper'. We played 'Send Me On My Way' 16 times in a row. I have very special memories of that venue for that reason.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
For me, there can only be one. Carol Kaye. She’s got more hits under her belt than a tall boxer. Too many to choose from, but if you held me over the well I’d go with her work on the Nancy Sinatra version of 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin''.
No one is quite sure where the enigmatic Lazarus Kane emerged from. A US transplant now living in the UK, he appears a relic of some recent past. Armed with a drum machine and some old synthesisers, the music could be mistaken for something that might once have been heard coming out of CBGB’s decades ago. However, the songs tackle the everyday trappings of modern life; drinking too much, social media and the Kardashians.
Lazarus Kane will be performing on Thursday night at this years All Our Tomorrows festival. Alongside Squid, POZI and with DJ sets from Glows & Savage Gary (Speedy Wunderground). Tickets available here.