Lazear formed in the summer of 2017 when longtime friends and musical peers Howard Hamilton (Red Pens) and Mark Sorvari (Arm, In Corridors) got together with guitars and a drum machine to see what would happen. Hamilton and Sorvari both have a long history of experimenting with alternate tunings on guitar, and they began to share some of their favorites with each other. With each new tuning, the guitars morphed into "new" instruments for the players, and rough ideas for melodic, dischordent, driving songs began to take shape.
Hamilton suggested multi-instrumentalist Emily Lazear join them on drums. Hamilton and Lazear had played together in Prissy Clerks, but this was Emily's first time behind the drums. She brought a truly fresh element to the songs with her loose, untraditional drumming technique.
Tom Mooney (Blood Cookie) came in a few practices later on bass, and the Lazear sound was solidified. Mooney instantly felt the vibe of the songs, and always played the perfect lines on first listen.
- Emily Lazear - Drums
- Howard Hamilton - Guitar/vocals
- Mark Sorvari - Guitar/vocals
- Tom Mooney - Bass