Sunrise (2008)

by Lazarus Moan

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(Sun)rising out of the ashes of Li'l Buck comes the debut album from Lazarus Moan.

Dedicated to Mark "Louie" Deroux, 1961-2004.


Lazarus Moan is a 4-piece musical wonder with great songs, peerless musicianship and a noteworthy track record. Founded in the late 90's as Lil' Buck by singer/songwriter Mark Goodwin, keyboard man, Bobby Stagg, drummer R.D. Harris and bassist, Stuart Patterson, they set out to play "roots rock" with a twist, while leaving plenty of room for the unexpected. With influences ranging from Gram Parsons through NRBQ and various punk rock and psychedelic filters, they spent their formative years in Montreal cooking up a catalog of material that was as powerful musically as it was dark and evocative lyrically. Within a short period of time they had several recordings under their collective belts as Li'l Buck ('Sometimes Nothing is a Real Cool Hand' and 'Soon') and busied themselves with numerous local gigs as well as travelling back and forth to southwestern Ontario and Vermont.

In 2000, following the departure of Bob Stagg and vocalist Jenny Gilbert, the band decided to mine an already present vein of alt-rock in their music and invited guitarist Ron Stutz into the fold. With the line-up change and aesthetic shift, they decided that a name change was also in order and became Lazarus Moan. As well as being consummate tunesmiths, the group are also known as one of the best "back up" bands for such talents as Mack Mackenzie (3 O'Clock Train) and the late Ian Stephens.

In addition Goodwin has produced (and the band has provided their playing skills on) recordings by the Blue Seeds, Little Birdie (Orit Shimoni), The Jimmyriggers, and most recently The Diamond Roads.

Lazarus Moan will release ‘Decorated’,their follow up to 2010's 'Sunrise' in 2014.

Lazarus Moan "Sunrise" CD buzz:

- "Meaningful and affecting, and the assured, professional and heartfelt playing of his band color this with a depth that will surprise anyone expecting an “indie” project. Bracingly good, shop local folks" 4/5

Pod worthy: All That You Heard (Is True)

*Mark LePage (Montreal Gazette) Dec13/08

- "Lazarus Moan donne dans une pop contemporaine aux accents ‘folk’ interprtee avec brio."

*Olivier Robillard Laveaux (Voir) – Jan ‘09

- "Singer/songwriter Mark Goodwin proves himself deft with a pen, giving his words further depth with a twisting and turning vocal performance and clever arrangement work."

*Johnson Cummings (Mirror – Nov. 08)


released August 20, 2008

R.D. Harris - Drums, percussion, backing vox, mandolin, vibraphone
Mark Goodwin - Vox, guitars, strings, Theremin, khaen, banjo, saw, kalimba
Ron Stutz - Guitars, vox, lap steel
Stuart Patterson - Bass, contrabass

Recorded and mixed by:Jacques Deveau
Produced by: Mark Goodwin



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Lazarus Moan Montreal, Québec

Lazarus Moan (formerly Li'l Buck) are a longstanding Montreal-based band who specialize in the fine art of song craft and soulful performance. These four men make a loud, proud noise that can shift to nuanced balladry in the blink of an alt-rock eye. Their most recent effort, "Decorated" exemplifies these qualities in perfect balance. Look around, listen to some music. Moan along with Lazmo! :) ... more

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