Lazertits is a five piece female band, all in their mid 20’s who started writing and performing their own songs in 2015, and their debut song “Gender Studies” created quite a lot of buzz on radio airwaves. That one-minute 46-second single was a punk-driven track, described by band member Amy Pettifer in an interview with a Sydney newspaper “It’s not about our experiences, it’s more of a bit of social commentary on people’s attitudes towards feminists and … more of a laugh than serious commentary.”
The band formed basically because all their guy friends were in bands the girls used to support. When a little festival popped up run by one of their friends, it was decided that they should get girl bands to play, and that was the moment Lazertits was formed. It’s been over a year since the band released their last EP “Aubergine Dreams” and finally Lazertits released their debut album on November 10th titled “Not Punk, Per Se” and it’s full of their signature style of both punk and wit. This record is full of thought-provoking lyrics that are as fun to listen to as important as they are to discuss.
The first song that jump-starts the album is the passionate “Yeah Nah” which is overflowing with energy and sets the tone for the rest of the LP. The song encourages empathy before you judge someone’s character, and it tells it’s newfound listeners that their album is not about fitting into cliches or stereotypes. This album definitely makes use of their diversity as the song “Cherry Flavour” contains layers of melodic surf-inspired guitar riffs with a high energy punk vibe, while songs like “New Friend” are hypnotic with cheerleader styled verses and hooks.
The ultimate underlining message I believe this album try’s to deliver is the sense of being comfortable with yourself, a subject I think everyone has dealt with at some point in their life. “Crying At The Tote” is probably the albums most least melodramatic song, as the punk sound is slightly diminished and we are presented with a track that delves into a world of loneliness and regret, once again showing the girls authentic songwriting abilities.
Songs like “Foreshore” is once again exhibiting the feminism, as it puts them in a position of declining unwanted advances, and their lack of interest in being a trophy wife. Lazertits have delivered a in your face, fearless feminist record, whilst still maintaining great lyrics and some hard edge punk rock.
Without a doubt the members of Lazertits have a huge respect for both themselves and each other, which makes their music that much more inspiring. “Not Punk, Per Se” engages the reality and truths about not only society but day to day life. Lazertits debut album is available now.