Although currently based out of Orlando, Gary Lazer Eyes was founded by three Melbourne, FL natives. Since their not-so-serious formation in 2015, this eclectic band has grown in sound and reach. After being voted Orlando’s “Best Rock Act” in Best of Orlando 2016, GLE released High On Lies. On this EP, they explore a more alternative territory, while still managing to reflect their reggae & blues rock roots.
To support the release of this project, Gary Lazer Eyes embarked on a cross country, DIY tour. Upon returning home and playing a few “welcome back to Florida” shows, the boys received a warm reception (literally- Florida boys should stay in FL during the winter). Since then, the consistent regional touring and release of new content hasn’t stopped, quickly earning GLE a reputation in the Central FL community and beyond.
For Gary Lazer Eyes, community is an essential part of their journey. The threesome (now five) solidified while collaborating on Do-It-Yourself events featuring live music, local visual artists, and fashion vendors/brands. It was out of these collaborations that GLE was born. Leaning on the idea that music is an interdependent relationship (i.e. a song is not done until some one else hears it), the goal of their musical endeavors is not simply to create, but to connect with the people around them. All this, while still managing to have an awesome time – embracing debauchery.
-Voted Best Rock Act in Orlando by Orlando Weekly’s “Best Of Orlando” 2016.
-Performed at the “NOW” Stage at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017.
-Eastern US 2016 tour brought the band up through the midwest and down the coast, including successful shows at reputable venues such as Skully’s (Columbus), Piano’s (NYC), and many more.
-Provided support for national touring acts such as The Original Wailers, Surfer Blood, Halo Circus (Allison Iraheta), The Supervillains, SWIMM and much more.
-Performed main stage at 2015 Florida Music Festival.
-“Black & White,” “Galapagos” and “Moonlight” receiving airplay on WRRJ 89.7 FM (Cocoa Beach) and W268CB 101.5 FM (Melbourne).
-All of “High on Lies” EP receiving airplay on WPRK 91.5 FM (Winter Park/Orlando).
-“Galapagos” and “Satisfy” receiving airplay on WFIT 89.5 FM (Melbourne).
-Notable venues in the Central Florida area include House of Blues, The Beacham, The Social, Will’s Pub, BackBooth, West End Trading Company, Captain Hiram’s, Wall Street Plaza, Sportspage, Monkey Bar, 64 North, Bullitt Bar, Cheyenne Saloon.
-South East tour in Summer 2015.
-Other music festivals in Florida include Orlando Fringe Festival, DropItCanYa, Daytonapalooza, DeLandapalooza, DeLand Original Music Festival, Harbor City Show.
“Sun drenched vibes meet the dark and chaotic atmosphere of a dive bar, and one might find themselves confused by the sensation of one foot being immersed in wet-sand while the other feels like their Vans are sticking to a whiskey-stained concrete floor.”
–Space Coast Daily
“It’s more than refreshing to see a group of people courageous enough to make their passions into a lifelong career. Their combination of raw musical abilities and work ethic make an unbridled groove-rock sound that gives this band longevity in Florida and beyond.”
–Shows I Go To
“On “Galapagos,” the boys strip away the majority of the reggae and ska influences that peppered their December 2015 EP, Black and White. However, they haven’t lost the sun-soaked feelings those genres produce, as this new song is still summer baked, albeit in a new way.”
–The Vinyl Warhol, reviewing 2016 single, “Galapagos”.
“This quartet from the Melbourne/Orlando area was my favorite new discovery. Their unique approach to rock music boasts a heavy reggae vibe that’s just a blast to listen and move to.”
–RARA’s Farm Rock Music Blog, covering Florida Music Festival \
“Gary Lazer Eyes always put on one hell of a show. Gritty sound, lots of personality and the camaraderie to pull it all together.”
–GRANATA, Hip-hop Artist