Q&A with Loon Lake

Monday, 16 July 2012



In between tearing up the stage at Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo, Pyramid Rock Festival, selling out their own shows and supporting the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Girls and Cage The Elephant, triple j next croppers Loon Lake have been busy writing and recording and are thrilled to announce the release of their next single Cherry Lips. Resplendent with driving riffs, rolling vocals and peppered with just the right  amount of handclaps, Cherry Lips is a laconic pop gem that galvanizes Loon Lake’s reputation as one’s to watch in 2012. They are going to hit the road for their tour starting in August with Cub Scouts and Glass Towers as their supporting acts !

Who makes up your band?
Sam, Sime, Dan, Tim & Nick.

Where are you guys from?
We are all from Wangaratta originally except for Dan who is from Melbourne but we are based in Melbourne now.

Who’s your music inspiration?
There are like a million. I think Kanye West is the coolest. He is one hundred per cent devoted to making good music; his label is called G.O.O.D. music. And he is always at the front of the game. I much rather when artists take their influence from whats around them rather than just what was in the past. He definitely does that.

Can you tell us how did your band form?
Well three of us are brothers and the other two are friends of ours. We had always played music together then all ended up in Melbourne at the same time a couple of years back and decided to have a proper go at it!

What's the story behind your band's name?
It was the title of a book that Sam found when he was travelling in Central America. Its also the name of a few lakes and towns in Canada and the US. We thought it had a great aesthetic so we went with it.

What kind of bands are you guys into at the moment?
We are all into different stuff! But the albums that we are looking forward to right now are probably those from the Dirty Projectors, Frank Ocean, The xx, Tame Impala, the G.O.O.D. music one. Also Sam has been going through a bit of a sixties girl group phase. Stuff like The Ronettes and The Supremes and those.

What are you working on at the moment?
At the minute we are working on getting our live show cranking. We are touring in August so that’s our main focus right now. But still we are writing heaps and will be focusing on an album soon.

If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be and why?
That’s a question that is impossible to answer. Let’s go with Frank Ocean. He is a real soulful dude. His melodies are very cool and he tells a mean story.

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If we could get to New York that would be great. I would like to go there.

You are going to have a tour soon! How do you feel?
Great! We are working hard right now trying to nail the live show. Its exciting as we haven’t had a chance to play a lot of the songs off the new ep and we are excited to see how they go down.

Any crazy stories like stalker fans, etc ?
Of course not. We are probably more stalkers ourselves rather than stalkees.I always follow people from bands around. They don’t know I am there so it doesn’t bother them. I know a lot about the daily lives of many Australian bands. I have a whole lot of band-study-journals that I am in the process of
getting published.

Tell us 5 random facts about your band
1. Dan and Tim like coffee and like to talk about it
2. The rest of us don’t like coffee and don’t like to talk about it
3. We need a marine pearl white Ludwig floor tom
4. Sam doesn’t share fantales and minties and lies about how many he has left.
5. There is a great lasagna to be eaten just north of Holbrook. That isn’tnecessarily a fact about the band but its worth more to the readers.

What or who would you like to be reincarnated as?
Randy marsh.

Cherry Lips by LOON LAKE

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