Melbournite’s Loon Lake were one of the best independent artists to break through in Australia last year, and now they are back with a new single called ‘On Fire’.
Loon Lake is all about the guitars, with earlier singles such as ‘Bad To Me’ and ‘In The Summer’ all about fast paced cascades while most popular single ‘Cherry Lips’ was off the stripped back bouncy rhythmic variety. ‘On Fire’ seems to strike the perfect amalgamation of the two. From the start you have the thick overlaying guitar textures that just suck you in, before stepping into this layered bouncy vibe. Add the ever present soaring vocal melodies, delicate african-inspired drumming bridge and you have a tune that exemplifies the good side of indie rock. It’s a real grower and you cannot help but dig the guitars.
As we mentioned a few days back, Melbourne lads Loon Lake have released tour dates off the back of their new single ‘Cherry Lips’, but we can finally share the ‘Cherry Lips’ single with you.
‘Cherry Lips’ is really a step away from the normal bouncy indie rock Loon Lake have become known for, but I don’t mind their take on a new sound. I actually quite enjoy the more low-fi beat, and the pastiche of percussion with drums, claps and tambourine. The vocals are strong as always but with every listen I still get shocked thinking this is Loon Lake, it is definitely something different. Not bad, just different, very different compared to ‘Bad to Me’ and ‘In the Summer’.
Yet, I can’t help but feel the song could have really taken off if there was a more pronounced soaring guitar riff at the end of the chorus. It has such a fantastic build-up for a guitar solo too, but perhaps that is just me being conservative and wishing for a return to old Loon Lake. I do get the vibe that this track will be able to be re-worked and remixed into some pretty fun indie dance music, in a similar vein to the way ‘Shame’ by the Cairos was remixed by Coach Bombay.
The boys are touring, so be sure to catch them and hear their new and old stuff, details can be found here.
Melbourne band Loon Lake are a five piece made up of the three brothers Sam, Simon, and Nick and two mates Tim and Dan, who make great music all for the fun of it.
The band have made some big inroads in the last 6 months, releasing their debut EP ‘Not Just Friends’, headlining their own tours (supported by The Guppies) and now supporting San Francisco band Girls.
My favourite of their releases has to be the holiday themed, beach soaked, sunny track ‘In the Summer’. It opens with a catchy step-laddering electric guitar riff which gets instantly grabs you and has you bopping along with every note. Add the drums and bass to the background and you have a really great indie rock n’ roll piece that has been a mainstay in my playlists for the last couple of months.
Their other tracks of their EP are also pretty solid. ‘Into the Office’ has a great bass solo at the start, with a clever guitar loop riding over the bass and drums. ‘Easy Chairs’ is more of the up tempo, bouncy, indie rock that the band are becoming renowned for, whilst Loon Lake show their diversity in the slower more mellow track ‘I Loved You Then’.
Loon Lake have also released the killer single ‘Bad to Me‘, which shows some maturity in the improved layering of their tracks, and a big step forward in terms of their lyrics. ‘Bad to Me’ keeps the guitar riffs flowing, but slows the tempo slightly in what is a more serious/emotional song than their others, and although not as bouncy as previous songs, the track is still catchy and gets the fingers tapping.
Having caught Loon Lake several weeks ago when playing a free gig at the Beach Road Hotel Bondi (they always have great free gigs), I also know they put on an awesome live show. All five of them are clearly stoked with their success and popularity and it shows on stage, with a fun, energetic show.
The thing that I like about Loon Lake is the way they weave catchy guitar riffs into the music, and just make fun, bouncy indie rock. I can’t wait for some more releases and the chance to catch their awesome live show again.