Po Lazarus

Po Lazarus

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandRockFolk

With their roots embedded in the soil of folk music, Po Lazarus build their garage-rock sounds around whatever boils within the gut of man. At the crossroads of their music, Nick Cave meets The Strokes with a touch of Queens of the Stone Age.

Avec leurs racines enfouient dans le sol de la musique folklorique , Po Lazarus construit leur son garage-rock autour de tout se qui ce trouve dans les intestins de l'humanité. Nick Cave rencontre The Strokes avec une touche de Queens Of The Stone Age.

Biography

Short months after the release of their highly-anticipated debut album “Ways to End the Night” and still throbbing with momentum,  Montreal 4-piece rock and roll outfit Po Lazarus is back again with a fresh EP, simply titled “O Body”.

New tracks were recorded at Concordia University’s CJLO studio, where the band was blessed to enlist visionary Patrick McDowall (Smokes, Fleece, No Aloha) as sound engineer.  Previous endeavours (the self-titled Po Lazarus EP in 2014, and WTETN in 2016) were recorded at Seratone Studio, helmed by the superb Simon Petraki (John Jacob Magistery, Hell Bound Hepcats), and joined by talented producer and singer-songwriter, Johnny Griffin (John Jacob Magistery, formerly of The Franklin Electric).  The change of studio and rotation of talent was invigorating for the band, who recorded for the first time with newest members Josh Grant (Café Racer) on drums, and Aaron Cohenca (Quaaludes) on guitar.

Tracks were laid in less than a week, the band having perfected these five particular tunes throughout one hell of a blistering summer.  Tempered by the heat, their lyrics tell tales of roaming the streets with your boys, of lifeguards looking for action, and sweating on the dancefloor.  With a few Roy Orbison-esque twists and turns, Po Lazarus listeners are reminded yet again that the band has just as much of an affinity for old-time rock and rollers as they do their more modern counterparts (the Strokes, Early Kings of Leon).

Grant’s drums are dynamic, beefed up and tasteful, mirroring the efforts of Paul Mascarenhas’ own fretwork on bass guitar.  Nothing matters more than keeping guitar music alive, and Cohenca’s electric guitar (accompanied with riffs from original Po Lazarus guitarist Luc Delisle) provides a sonic landscape to some rather sultry and, at times, melancholic love dirges. Frontman Josh Carey has advanced in his singing style and technique, providing some of the EP’s more terrifying and tender moments.

The resulting work flows through the same veins as some of their more raucous anthems. Louder, raunchier, and at times sweet, the men in Po Lazarus have come a ways since banging pots and pans and cell phone recordings were their reality.

Lyrics

I've Been Sitting Here (All Alone)

Written By: Joshua Carey,Paul Mascarenhas

I’ve been sittin' here all alone
Helpless stranded babe by that old telephone
And if I try hard not to think of your face
I go mad my babe I’ma go and tear up the place

But you know
Hell I’ve gotta go

I’ve been sitting here, all on my own
Slightly stumbling babe
I’m a little drunk, a little stoned
And if I try hard not to think of your voice
You told me to be a man my babe not a little boy
But you know
I’ve gotta go

You know you hurt me babe
You made me feel wrong
But after all this time babe
Hell I’m moving Im moving along

Well my love you know that goes deep
You don't want it sprouting babe
All upon your feet
So if I pack my suitcase
I comb my hair
I check my face
I’m gonna get out real quick babe
I'm gonna get out the place

But you know
I’ve gotta go

Braking Bottles

Written By: Paul Mascarenhas

Well the boys are breaking bottles underneath the bridge
Tradition has always run deep so don’t ask me about it
My baby and I have fun just dancing in the rain
Is it my baby or Saint Academia that’s driving me insane?

Still there are no scores to settle
So at least get out of my way

See I’ve got a date with the devil
And I don’t wanna waste her time
So you can have all of my other days
In spite of my desires

Just don’t touch on today
Cause this one is mine

When we were young we had burning ashes underneath our skin
You couldn’t hold us down for nothin’ so don’t go looking for a reason
When my baby is gone I find love in what burning coals remain
But the heat that rises from death still leaves me freezing just the same

Although my shield of diamonds is brittle
At least it hides my shame

See I keep my friends just for their company
And the many thrills they find
So you can have all of my memories
And read the story of my life

Just don’t touch on today
Cause this one is mine

And if you gave me a second chance to do it all again
Would you still be my friend?

Will You Be My Baby

Written By: Joshua Carey,Paul Mascarenhas

In the night
When all the boys are stepping in stride
Well I just take a short ride
Down to the plains
Lost in the rain
All about where you reside

And everything I wanna say
Was stricken down by the backhand of your wave
That’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard
“Will you be my baby?”

You’re everything I wanted and more
Standing at my front door

Everything I’m thinking tonight
Well they play over 'til the B-side
On the porch light you stood all up in your hood
You had me shake and flail upon the ground

Yes and everything I wanna know
Was put down on the low
But that’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard
“Will you be my baby?”

“Will you be my baby?"

Yes and everything I wanted to say
Like “I love you”
I read it in the black and white newspaper that day
Will you be my baby?

Picture this, Im with the homies in the summer's bliss
I was just tryna take the piss yeah
It was well understood you were up to no good
I don’t wanna talk about this

Yeah well everything I want know
Was put down on the low low low low
That’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard
“Will you be my baby?”

Will you be my baby?

Bloodcake

Written By: Joshua Carey

You asked me how it would be
And where would you go?
And I said I love you but
Getting back on the track,
I said "probably to the floor,
That way I'll still be above you" and
I don't mind killin' time
With the justice and the hamburger man
Just as long as maybe
Give me back my honey, my sugar, and my baby

Now all of your books have slowly become your autograph
And oh that phonograph seems so pornographic
And now everybody everywhere makes you sick
So get in line my darlin'
You always been my pick

You said please follow me
Out among the trees
See what I found there
She was hidden, her blood was drippin' off the mansions eaves, and I think you once knew her
I don't mind killing time
All alone
In my home
Reasons why have all begun to beat and batter my bones

Now oh butler go and tell the men to comb and part their hair
And tell 'em to buy the finest suits
That blood can make
Everybody everywhere acting so fake
And all at the parties they were serving up blood cake

Now all of your scripture is your autograph
And oh that phonograph seems so pornographic to me
It's getting so dark I can hardly see
And all at the parties they were serving up blood cake

If You Are Alone

Written By: Joshua Carey

If you are alone
Well I'll be the one to take you home
If you are scared
Well don't be, I won't touch one of your hairs
Are you a fool?
Well pack up your bags we're leaving this school
What have you learned
From the ashes that fly from the books that you've burned
I know we can make it
Why you want to go and break it?
It's been you, always been you all my life
I don't really wanna fake it
I think we can make it, if we make love tonight

They set a tone, for all of the nasty stuff that you did
Oh well I know, they've been harping on that since I was just a kid
Why you want and go and shake it
Sticks and stones, they want to break it
It's been you all my life
I think we can make it, if we go and shake it
And we make love tonight

If you are alone
Well I'll be the one to take you home
If you are alone
Well I'll be the one to take you home

They said "get home" somebody out there must be missin' the kid
Through cities I roam, I've been learning from all the stuff that i did

Like playing the part of the jealous scar on a lonely heart
Just playing the fool, when all of my friends said "keep it cool"
Why you want to go and fake it, sticks and stones wanna break it
It's been you, always been you all my life
I know we can make it, if we go on and shake it
And we make love tonight

If you are alone
Well I'll be the one to take you home
If you are alone
Well I'll be the one to take you home

A Man Loves His Whiskey More Than His Woman

Written By: Joshua Carey,Paul Mascarenhas

A man loves his whiskey, babe
More than his woman
And it hurt her so bad
Hurt her so bad
In the morning light

First time I came down here my baby I knew how it worked
First you pay the man
Then you sleep in
The dirt

Now that I’m older my baby
And a little more wise
I drink turpentine
And a bottle of
Red wine

Well a man loves his whiskey baby
More than his woman
And it hurt her so bad
In the morning time

Well a man loves his whiskey baby
A little more than he should
Or he ever could
Every morning of his life

Well there once was this angel my baby
Up in heaven’s holy choir
But he could not resist
The temptation of
Human desire

He went down to the water’s edge
To wash off his sin
But the weight of his habit
Could not keep him from
Breathing again

First time I came down here my baby I thought I was wise
But I was taken advantage of
By all of the people
I thought were so very kind

Well a man loves his whiskey babe
More than his woman
And it hurt her so bad
In the morning light

Well a man loves his whiskey babe
A little more than he should
Or he ever could
Every morning of his life

I Won't Take You Home Again Kathleen

Written By: Joshua Carey,Paul Mascarenhas

I woke up one morning with my head on spit
And I don’t know what to do in spite of all of it

I’ve got a headache and a rotgut too
And I don’t know where my eyes are to look and what my hands are to do

I hear Kathleen on the church bells
I hear her name from the bowels of hell

I said no I won’t take you home
I said no I won’t take you home

I’m walking the streets tonight and I’ve had a few
I’m kneeling down in the dirt, a lost man without a pew

I hear Kathleen on the butcher’s voice
I hear name from all of the boys

I said no I won’t take you home
I said no I won’t take you home
I said no I won’t take you home again Kathleen

I said no I won’t take you home
I said no I won’t take you home
I said no I won’t take you home again Kathleen

There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see
There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see
There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see

Not in your dreams

I'm Just A Man

Written By: Joshua Carey,Paul Mascarenhas

Well I went out there to the valley of the dead
Thats where those demons said 'go get me God’s fat head'
I had to weigh the options
Am I better off alive or dead?
Could I do my thing, or should I live my old life instead?

I got so down that I got to the top of the hill
That’s when I wept with joy, I got my first fresh kill
If I could make it out in the wild
I wouldn’t feel like a little child
I could do my thing at least for a little while

I took the long way around, I took a walkabout
The only thing I ever learned was how hard the kids twist and shout
And of the weather patterns most popular
It's only thunder when it comes to her
She taught me to be kind
and I taught her something else...

But you know, well
I’m just a man with a shaking in his bones
I'm just a man with an aching in his bones
I’m just a man I don't ever want to be alone
But that’s okay as long as you keep my casket closed

I’m just a man with a shaking in his bones
I'm just a man with and I never want to be alone
I'm just a man with an aching in his bones

But that's okay

Do You Think Of Me

Written By: Joshua Carey

You said quit hanging around
You're always barking in my backyard
Just like the ghost of shadow hound

Do you think of me?
When you're floating through a town
In a twenty first century

Cause I thought of you
(Quite often too)
And in my dreams when I walk
I walk with you

Does that sound lame?
Maybe I should just retire
into the mire of folkloric fame

And not have to change
My name
To Dylan or Pop
Or Mr Jim James

What can I say?
Hope you can change your heart
Come at me like any day

Cause I'd pick you up
(Right where we left off)
Tell you I loved you
Tell you I got hard not soft

Just like your lips
Or your porcelain cheeks
Which ones? Take your pick

Cause I loved all of you
(You said you did too)
But people change
I guess I got some changing to do

Do you think of me?
When you hear a good song?
When you go watch your TV?

Do you think of me?
When you hear a good song?
When you go and watch your TV?

The Day the Singer of the Band Died

Written By: Joshua Carey

You said quit hanging around
You're always barking in my backyard
Just like the ghost of shadow hound

Do you think of me?
When you're floating through a town
In a twenty first century

Cause I thought of you
(Quite often too)
And in my dreams when I walk
I walk with you

Does that sound lame?
Maybe I should just retire
into the mire of folkloric fame

And not have to change
My name
To Dylan or Pop
Or Mr Jim James

What can I say?
Hope you can change your heart
Come at me like any day

Cause I'd pick you up
(Right where we left off)
Tell you I loved you
Tell you I got hard not soft

Just like your lips
Or your porcelain cheeks
Which ones? Take your pick

Cause I loved all of you
(You said you did too)
But people change
I guess I got some changing to do

Do you think of me?
When you hear a good song?
When you go watch your TV?

Do you think of me?
When you hear a good song?
When you go and watch your TV?

Backyard Voodoo

Written By: Joshua Carey

All the things that i do for you
have all started to feel like backyard voodoo
collection of items related to you
sticking needles in dolls,
rolling logs,
and drinking morning dew

All the boys in the bar
Have all done the same, you'll never believe what i saw
i saw them pouring through your trash
even the ashes of your poor grandpa
and i saw evil on the face and it was in the shape of a scar

Chicken bones are strewn
From the ceiling of your room
and brickdust is guarding the cupboard where you keep your broom
it must have been an occasion
you even wore your oxblood shoes
and i heard the legend,
about how you dyed em yourself, or didn't you?

No cause for alarm
crocodile skull in your yard,
enough to make one pause
i will do anything you say, ill be your slave
ill even be your Santa Claus
i will behave,
as long as you give me back my baseball cards

Then everything around the town got dark
and all the dogs everywhere started to bark
and that old negro woman started to yell
I know she put me under that voodoo spell

The Seams

Written By: Joshua Carey

Starts off a feeling that's strong
late at night when you're all alone
you're by your computer, by the telephone,
but you're just listening to the dial tone

what was soft, now is hard
and you can't find yourself consciously taking part
in a world that has torn you apart
ripped you up at the seams
but that's not you
that's just me

In the night i take it to the streets,
ain't no warmth between my sheets
i'm ashamed by the people that i meet
cause they're so incomplete

all my life i could never tell,
if i was doing anything well,
now i know that the storm's about to swell, cause it's devouring me
but i know that ill be okay
as long as i could see the sea

All my life
so much strife

Couple Weeks Time

Written By: Joshua carey

Well i know it's going to be hard
i know its goin to be tough
I hope you got much more than all that big rich expensive kinda stuff
cause if you don't
you know you don't take that to heaven oh no
And if you did you'd probably look at it from a far oh lord
I do not even got a dime
it's been like that a couple weeks time

Well i know thats it goin to be hard
i'm told it will be tough
oh no no no
and that's why, what's gonna be much worse
when the big bad men call your bluff
cause when they do
they'll string you up cut you open show your guts to you
and make you taste what your heart pumps inside of you
I could not help but sigh
i seen it coming around for a couple weeks time

Now i'm walking real slow down the road
and any path i take
stories down there all been foretold
well the one i chose
promised fame and fortune and so much gold
but i got hollow hallucinations
concerning a life i would never be able to hold
thats it i've lost my mind
it's been like that more than a couple week time

no no

I'm Coming For You

Written By: Joshua Carey

I wake up, break of dawn,
you've back up your dress and your books well they're gone
and you babe,
ain't been coming round,
and if they see you around, know my babe,
i'm coming for you

I wake up stumble round,
ask the old men that live in the old town,
where you live,
and why you can't be found,
and if they see her around the old town, let her know
i'm coming for you

I wake up, face is red
from the night before
when I was breaking bread,
with you,
and now you can't be found,
and if you see her around the carnival grounds
know that i'm coming for you

Quand je pense à une femme,
je pense à elle entre mes mains
but you,
can't turn around,
and if you see her around,
know babe,
i'ma coming for you

Well sometimes i'm swimming up stream,
and fixin to rest on the shore
i long for you love if you know what i mean,
would you come if i knocked on your door?
well then you say i don't think i'll be coming around anymore,
and i say thats okay that's fine, i'll find myself another whore

Meet Me under Mistletoe Tonight

Written By: Paul mascarenhas

The scene is frozen in time
In that cold blue morning air
The city's walking its dog
With a story to share
And the tranquil winter birds
Turn our head to Sun Sky blue
It’s Christmas eve so love me do
Don’t you know it’s all here for you
I hear the church bells ringing
And the choir boys singing "help me find my peace"
Still my heart is feeling heavy
And I quickly find myself on bended knees
Life is a poem but on this day
I can’t get myself to read
And I wonder
If there’s still a box with my name under the tree

Lovers embrace this time of year
Meanwhile I run to catch my train instead
But I play all the grace and all the cheer and hallelujah
On a silver screen inside my head

Where inside my sister softly speaks
So the silent night may rest
She’ll put the whole wide world to sleep
With the breath inside her chest
And when my mother rings the dinner bell
I hope I will be there to claim my seat
I Know my brother will be drinking well
By the window for a while to rest his feet
But if I don’t make it home
By your fireside in time
Won’t you meet me under mistletoe tonight
Meet me under mistletoe tonight

Discography

Po Lazarus EP 
Self-Released
Released July 1, 2014

1. Backyard Voodoo
2. The Seams
3. Couple Weeks Time
4. I'm Coming For You
5. Backyard Voodoo

Ways To End The Night
Self-Released
Released September 23, 2016

1. I've Been Sitting Here (All Alone)
2. Breaking Bottles
3. Will You Be My Baby?
4. Blood Cake
5. If You Are Alone
6. A Man Loves His Whiskey More Than His woman
7. I Won't Take You Home Again Kathleen
8. I'm Just A Man
9. Do You Think Of Me?
10. The Day The Singer OF The Band Died

Meet Me under Mistletoe Tonight
Self-Released December 1st, 2016

1. Meet Me under Mistletoe Tonight

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