Portland four-piece Lazy Sunday are set to release their debut LP, ‘Another Summer,’ on February 16 via Salinas Records (pre-order). The album comes at you stacked with eleven songs worth of 90’s nostalgia pop-punk. Today, we are excited to premiere the band’s new single, ‘Differentiation,’which nicely layers classic pop-punk tempos with vocalists Rani Gupta's and B Okabe’s dreamy melodies.
"Differentiation was one of the first songs B and I wrote together, back in early pandemic times, so we essentially wrote it by exchanging voice memos with each other during lockdown.,” says guitarist/vocalist Rani Gupta. “The lyrics and the guitar part came together, and then bass and drums were added once we were able to start playing as a full band. The line that people have told us they resonate most with is, "Do you want a lover or a mother?" I think that feeling cuts deep for many, because it's a relatable and specific dynamic that can occur. Ultimately, the song is about love (which unintentionally became a theme of the album): can we work on our own stuff so that we can be in deeper relationship with each other?"
Lazy Sunday were a brand new band working on songs for their first demo in March of 2020. Rani Gupta and B Okabe, who both share guitar and vocal duties, had been hanging out and planning for a new pop-punk band that was both nostalgic and honest. Then, the pandemic hit. While many new bands were likely derailed by months of self-isolation, Lazy Sunday finished writing their demo through shared voice memos and FaceTime.
By the time they were practicing again in person, Gupta, Okabe, bassist KT Austin, and drummer Jeremy Dunlap were ready to assemble a full length of what Austin calls a “90’s nostalgia pop-punk”record about love. The band says, "This record is all about big feelings from the past, present and future. Big firsts, big lasts, and letting go.”