TOZ and LSR: The Drama Behind the Music
You've met both of our bands, but how well do you really know them?
For instance, did you know that Twenty Odd Zoomies and Lib Street Revival aren't exactly friends? Some might even call them bitter enemies... You know where this is going.
D R A M A.
Now, tecccchnically this is all speculation, but we think it's worth mentioning. Call it a coincidence or deliberate sabotage, whatever it is, there is an undeniable wedge between these two groups.
It all started when TOZ released their hit song "Seaside Blues" three days after LSR released their song "Seaside Sadness." As you can tell, the song titles are incredibly similar, but that's not where the similarities end. The overall tone of the song is very similar, too. Both songs are slow, soft, sad ballads, which is a striking departure from TOZ's usual upbeat rock anthems. "Seaside Blues" became an instant hit for TOZ, catapulting them to the top of the charts. "Seaside Sadness" is LSR's most popular song, but they have never reached the level of commercial success TOZ has.
TOZ has consistently denied that "Seaside Blues" was inspired by LSR's "Seaside Sadness."
Bassist Tai has hinted that LSR are the ones who stole the song from TOZ: "Just because this little band released their song first doesn't mean they wrote it first." His comments, along with his bad boy image, definitely added fuel to the fire.
Not even guitarist Marco could keep his mouth shut about the song drama. After hearing about LSR's alleged retaliatory song (more about that below,) he added to the drama when he said "Jealousy isn't a cute look, sweeties."
Perhaps the most infamous of all of TOZ's comments on the situation came from singer Nikita. Rumoured to be a bit of a diva, when she was asked about the similarities between her band's song and LSR's song, she infamously said, "What's a Lib Street Revival?"
After the initial incident, LSR released a statement describing their disappointment at the lack of creativity in a certain "fellow Woozworld band." They never mentioned TOZ by name, but it was very clear that the statement was directed towards them.
That's not all, though…
Guitarist Jax has reportedly been overheard trashing TOZ on more than one occasion. "He's called them hacks, posers, phonies, etc. I don't blame him for being upset, but name-calling isn't exactly classy," a source tells us.
Genevieve, LSR's bassist, has also thrown her fair share of shade, though she always manages to keep it vague. She's famously stated: "There are a lot of sell-outs in this business who willingly trample the underdogs to make it to the top. Lib Street Revival isn't like that and we never will be." She also talked about how important it is for those in the music industry to stay true to themselves: "I'm proud to say that Lib Street Revival's sound is 100% our own. Not every band can say that."
Willow and Wade have remained more or less tight-lipped about the incident, but the band did release the song "Cortoza Crooks," which many speculate is about TOZ.
There may be no clear answer here, but that doesn't mean you can't make up your own mind about it! Do you think it was all a coincidence or was there something more deliberate and sinister going on here? It's up to you to choose which band you'd like to throw your support behind.