James met up with bassist and singer Graz Turner
on Lacey's tour bus before they're show supporting
of all can you tell us how you came together as
a band and came up with the name Lacey?
Graz - Yeah Certainly, me Pete and Josh, the
2 guitarists and I’m the Bassist, met
in school and we already met Dave when we moved
to Nottingham, then we formed Lacey. The name
comes from the singer of Brand New, Jesse Lacey,
we all listened to them growing up so it’s
just a little nod to him and the band who influenced
us as teenagers.
you catch them at Hit The Deck when you played?
Graz - No we didn’t, I’m not sure how
he’d take it, seeing as we’re named
after him (laughs)
played the Hit The Deck Festival in your home
town of Nottingham the other week how did you
It was amazing, because it was around lunch
time, but so many people turned up. It was at
the forum, which I didn’t even realise
did gigs, and it looked great and sounded great
the whole experience was great. The sheer volume
of people that turned up was amazing, I couldn’t
are currently on tour with Patent Pending and
People On Vacation how did this come about? And
how have you found touring with these bands?
Graz – We toured with Patent Pending last
April when they played with Eric Chandler from
Bowling For Soup, then Patent Pending did the
Bowling For Soup Farewell tour in October, there
was already talk of maybe us coming out with
them again, but it wasn’t finalized. We
then happened to be playing the same night as
Bowling For Soup when they played, but in the
smaller venue downstairs, so after they all
finished playing they came down and saw us,
and then sorted it out for April, so they all
invited us out to tour again. They’re
so lovely, they’re all the nicest guys
you’ll ever meet all 9 of them, there’s
always good times and banter out of our English
accents, the shows have been great and we just
don’t want it to end.
are towards the end of the tour now, what have
been your highlights so far?
Graz – It’s hard to pick out one
particular show and it wouldn’t be fair
to do, but every show feels like it’s
getting better and better, and the whole entire
tour has been incredible. As for a funny story,
Josh almost killed Joe Ragosta from Patent Pending
the other night, Joe and Corey come out and
sing the end of one of our songs with us every
night, and Corey came out but we couldn’t
see Joe, so we thought ah well maybe he’s
busy, it’s cool but he appeared on stage
behind Josh, Josh didn’t realised and
turned round and impaled him with his guitar,
he floored Joe, he was down on the ground for
like 30 seconds, but he found the strength to
get back up and carry on singing the song, but
it was touch and go weather they were going
to play, he ended up with a big bruise on his
have just released your new single ‘Reach
Out’ what has the response been from your
fans and the press so far?
Graz – Really really good, it’s
a teaser for the album, it’s the closest
thing to the EP as the albums not going to be
out for a while, so it bridges that gap, I mean
people are singing along and it’s only
been out a few weeks, so it’s great.
are currently working on your debut album how
is that going and what can you tell us about it?
Graz – Really well, this is the first
time where we’re trying to write allot
of brand new songs in one go, so it’s
been good to get in and see what works and what
doesn’t we’ve got three quarters
wrote and half recorded. It’s coming along
nicely, and has a big epic sound, I just can’t
wait to get it out. I mean, we’re working
on the songs so they’re perfect, we don’t
tend to write lots and see what works but we
make sure the ones we do work and work well.
do you have planned once your current tour comes
to an end in a couple of days’ time?
Graz – Back in the studio straight away
to record a few more songs, get the album finished
and get a tour ready for the end of the year
to coincide with the new album. That’s
the immediate future, but yeah we’ll do
a few more songs then go back in towards the
end of the summer and see where we’re
you all working day jobs too?
Graz – Yeah, unfortunately, I can’t
wait for the day I can quite, hopefully that’ll
come soon. I hope my boss don’t read this,
but no that’s the dream if I can make
a living through Lacey, but at the moment the
day job funds it, so it’s all good.
do you hope to see Lacey in a year’s time?
Graz – Touring, hopefully our own tour,
hopefully people will know us to come out and
do that, but we’d always love to support
Patent Pending again, but hopefully doing our
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Graz – A giraffe, as zebras are just food
for other animals, aren’t they. I mean
you wouldn’t mess with a giraffe due to
their huge necks, it’s unbelievable when
they fight. So yeah a giraffe as you could defend
yourself when Lions come sniffing round, I mean
why are zebra’s black and white, they’re
just asking for trouble.
for your time is there a message for your fans
Graz – Yeah, check out our EP Outlaws
and our new single Reach Out which is a sample
for the album at the end of the year, so yeah
if you can let your friends know, thanks!
Interview by James Daly