LANZ (The National): New Track "125 BPM" from 'Hoferlanz II' + NYC Show Announced
Music News- LANZ aka Benjamin Lanz (of The National, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens) just shared a new song from his second album Hoferlanz II , out April 13 via Brassland. Hear "125 BPM" and watch the Kevin Gilmore-directed video, below from MNN. LANZ has also announced a show at NYC's Baby's All Right on May 23. See all spring tour dates below, including a performance at The National's Homecoming Festival.
LANZ tells the music press, "'125 BPM' is, as the numerical name suggests, a song about time. Time together and time apart and what we're asking for when we ask for time alone. 125 beats per minute is the speed that I landed on with a some synthesizer pulses that I was playing around with while attempting to recreate the slightly sped up feeling of interpersonal communication. Synthesizing time together while spending time alone. 125 BPM, like floating just ahead of real time, 1.04 percent faster than a half second, dancing ahead of my head."
You can hear previous Hoferlanz II singles "Auckland" and watch the CydCharisse-starring video HERE and via and listen to the ten minute epic "Lice In My Brain" and watch the lyric video for the track HERE.
Mostly written while touring as a member of indie music all-stars The National, Beirut & Sufjan Stevens, LANZ's own music sounds completely different. Says Ben, "While I admire the force and freedom of artistic recluses, I'm an outward-looking guy by nature - so I just end up writing some really weird hooks!" Acoustic guitars mingle with drum machines. Time signatures swerve back and forth. Searing electric guitar licks make their way across the frame. Horns underline cryptic pop lyrics sung in bursts of catchiness - earworms abutting earworms.
Hoferlanz II is the second in a two-part suite of albums launching the LANZ project. In the past Ben has explained the inspiration behind LANZ like so: "As a listener, I admire and enjoy the farthest reaches of experimental and progressive music. But for the last decade or so I've made a living playing with some of today's most canonical indie artists. Yet when putting my own ideas to tape, I find myself writing eccentric alternative rock songs."
Ben is also the primary vocalist + songwriter in krautrock-style trio LNZNDRF, whom released an LP & EP on 4AD in 2016. Formed in 2011 while on tour with The National in Auckland (yes, again.), LNZNDRF includes Scott & Bryan Devendorf from The National.
LANZ's background has given him the skills to execute any crazy idea that pops into his head. His alternative rock fandom provides a grounding of stupidly infectious hooks; his contemporary music training, virtuosic chops; his indie rock day job, a knack for making emotional connections in unlikely ways. What all of his experiences have in common is an unshakable belief in the flexibility of rock and roll.
LANZ 2018 TOUR DATES-
Apr 25 - Davenport, IA - Racoon Motel @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
Apr 26 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village
Apr 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Homecoming Festival Kickoff Party @ Northside Tavern
Apr 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Homecoming Festival @ Smale Park