Riding hard for the freaks and band geeks in the Upper Midwest, Little Lizard’s third studio album 'Big Lizard' was originally conceived as a farewell to their hometown of Minneapolis, MN. Hit with the trifecta of the pandemic, local turmoil due to police violence, and an uncertain future Lizz D and Shea Drenkow abandoned their plans of moving East and doubled down on their commitment to their city. Let’s be real, a funk punk duo like Little Lizard couldn’t have formed anywhere other than the land of Prince, Hüsker Dü, and the actual “Funkytown” itself. With this revelation the rest of 'Big Lizard' fell into place. Blending the infectious melodies of their first album 'Premium Vanilla' with the dueling synthesizers of their second 'Earthlings' Little Lizard pays homage to their roots while creating a forward looking sound without skimping on the trombone and bass.
From its melodic hooks to its danceable rhythms, not to mention its elevated sound quality thanks to Jason at The Terrarium in Minneapolis, everything about 'Big Lizard' is meant to pull you in. Opening with the bass and drum intro of “Lyndale” Little Lizard cranks the energy levels up to 11 with a fuzzed out looping trombone section followed by a danceable arpeggiated synthesizer groove. Stepping away from the instrumental with the extra sweet vocal samples on “Super Cute” the duo treads into new territory with the full blown hip-hop track “SF”. Featuring the lightning fast rhymes of Twin Cities rapper Love, Ulysses “SF” is a psychological adventure reminiscent of Aesop Rock and Tobacco’s collaboration ‘Malibu Ken’. Stretching their own funk punk boundaries Little Lizard puts the brass in the backseat on “Snow Bikes” reaching instead for a synthesizer triple-threat of bell tone analog synthesizer, squealing FM synthesizer, and Lizz D’s reverb soaked theremin. Closing out with a requiem for lost friends and loved ones “Ripper” is a building ostinato that grows into a cacophony of fuzz bass, synthesizer, and trombone loops meant to remind us to keep on ripping through this life.
Minneapolis funk punk duo Little Lizard wants you to get down to their cold-blooded groove. Brassy and offbeat, multi-
instrumentalists Lizz D and Shea Drenkow combine trombone funk and bass punk to create their own style of instrumental music. Minimalist in nature Little Lizard packs a punch with in-your-face melodies and cutting basslines over banging drum machine beats....more