I’ve caught Tilly Scantlebury at a good moment: Walking her dogs through Camden and riding upon the success of her band’s recent tour and splendid debut EP, Ribbons. Discussing their journey so far and plans for the future, it’s clear that there’s as much for Lazy Day to look forward to in 2018 as there has been to celebrate these last twelve months.
Tilly’s pride in both the outcome of and the process behind a release that’s been over five years in the making is evident: “These things spend so much time in your head that when you finally get to play it for someone it’s really cool to hear their reaction to it,” before gleefully adding that “it’s been very nice so far!” An integral part of her life for so long, she never allowed it to escape her control, retaining its sonically humble and vital beauty while ensuring it was representative of her emotions, acknowledging that: “I wanted it to be personal, rich and warm, and retain the earlier feeling of me starting alone in my bedroom.”
This description perfectly captures the essence of Ribbons. The four main tracks, led by the hauntingly ethereal ‘With my Mind’ are punctuated by the alertness of three “ribbon tracks” each around a minute in length. “They’re the private, weird moments,” Tilly explains. “We initially had the four main songs and were really happy with the EP, but it felt like a bigger thing to put out into the world this way.” Through this, the band have captured a harmonious relationship between the epic and the intimate, with the interludes not merely tying the release together, but acting as passages between sensations.
“I wanted it to be personal, rich and warm, and retain the earlier feeling of me starting alone in my bedroom.”
Love has proven to be a key influence in Tilly’s writing, something noticeable from the intriguing playlist of her favourite love songs currently on the band’s website. Consisting only of songs by female artists, she details that “making the playlist, I realised how much I love female voices. To hear women talk about different forms of love has inspired me to talk about these things.” Often the hardest emotion to truly define, she sees her experiences of love from life thus far as being underlined by music, acting as “a soundtrack embedded within experiences.”
As we get into the group’s immediate plans, Tilly responds coyly, teasing: “We’re in the studio next week to mix two new singles, but I can’t really say much about that because we’ve been working in a different way than before.” Whilst this remains excitingly mysterious, one thing that we do know for certain about Lazy Day is that they’re returning to Bristol to play The Louisiana on 10th March, having already sold out The Crofters Rights in September, delighting (and being delighted by) those in attendance: “Our merch table was totally swarmed at the end; Big Jeff bought all our records.”
Before the end of our conversation, I float the idea to Tilly of Bristol becoming like a second home to the London-based band. “I don’t want to speak too soon, but I really hope so,” she replies with a nervous eagerness, before adding: “It certainly greeted us with open arms when we played before!” Such is the charm of Tilly’s personality and her band’s music, it is impossible to see why we wouldn’t embrace them.
Lazy Day are ones to watch this year, with their Ribbons EP out now and tickets for the Bristol date now available. Louisiana, 10th March.