Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Loon Lake

Loon LakeMelbourne, Australia’s Loon Lake release their debut album Gloamer on October 11th. In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Loon Lake’s Sime about their upcoming record, ballroom dancing, rocket artwork, The Beatles, and more! Dig into our conversation here:

AMBY: Hello Loon Lake, cheers for speaking with AMBY. What’s the band been up to?

Loon Lake: Hi AMBY, how are you? Well we have just finished recording our debut album ‘Gloamer’, which we are really excited to release to the world on October 11th. We have also been working really hard on getting our live show prepared for our upcoming tour and then the Big Day Out tour down here in Australia. We can’t wait to start playing live again, it’s been a pretty long break for us. Hopefully we can bring it over to Canada sometime in the next year also.

AMBY: How would you describe each band member in one word?

Loon Lake: Nick – Laconic, Tim – Disheveled, Dan – Optical, Sam – Searching, Me (Sime) – Dad

AMBY: Your debut album Gloamer will be released on October 11th. What is the significance behind the album’s title?

Loon Lake: The word derived from ‘Gloaming’. Basically this is the time between sunset and sun up (twilight and dusk). We found that there was a constant theme lyrically and sonically that fitted the nighttime mold, therefore we thought it was an apt title. It matches the music, and it’s an interesting word. I’m not sure if it is actually in the dictionary or it is made up by one of us.

AMBY: Which songs off of the record are your favourite?

Loon Lake: I think ‘Love Gets Done’ is my favourite (at the moment at least). I also really like ‘Bone’, ‘Love To See You Smile’ and ‘Parties’. I think all of the above are strong songs and show a lot of progression and diversity in our songwriting.

AMBY: Sam said that “Carolina can be anyone’s anyone. Carolina is the one who got away, the one you still think about from time to time, the love that could have lasted a lifetime.” I love this take on an universal love story. Who inspires you as a songwriter?

Loon Lake: Yeah that is a pretty universal story that I think most people over the age of say 18 could relate to. I’m sure everyone has felt at some point in their life, that something they love, whether it be a human or anything else, has slipped away from them. And they may feel regret, or even at least think about it from time to time. I didn’t write that song though, Sam did. Maybe he had a different intention when writing it.

I would have to say McCartney and Lennon would be my ultimate inspiration when it comes to songwriting. Contemporaries would be Frank Ocean. I think ‘Channel Orange will go down as an all time classic.

AMBY: How did the rocket artwork come to be for the Carolina cover?

Loon Lake: I’m not entirely sure how that came about. Sam designed all the artwork for the album and I haven’t really asked him what his idea behind the rocket was. Metaphorically I guess you could relate it to ‘the one that got away or flew off’ like Carolina possibly.

AMBY: Which Loon Lake lyric is your personal favourite?

Loon Lake: I really like ‘stop draggin roun my heart, it’s on the line, we’ve been through this a thousand times baby’, from ‘Love Gets Done’. I think it is emphatic lyric that sums up the sentiment of that song in a few short words. I really like that song lyrically a lot.

AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?

Loon Lake: Oh many, so many in fact. ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke is such a powerful song, written at such a monumental time history. Whenever I think of a favourite song of mine ever, that is always one that springs to mind immediately. A brilliant song and a brilliant performance.

AMBY: Who would your ultimate collaboration be with?

Loon Lake: As I said above, probably The Beatles, if they were still in existence. It would have been amazing to see how Michael Jackson worked also.

AMBY: What’s the best song of the year?

Loon Lake: Tough question. I really love Drakes song ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’. I was a big fan of Take Care’, and I am really looking forward to his new album, as I am Arcade Fire’s. Lots of Canadians hey?

Another song I really love this year is Kurt Vile’s  ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’. It’s over 9 mins long and I would love it to go for another 9 mins. Such a hypnotic song.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Loon Lake that nobody knows yet?

Loon Lake: One of the members was heavily into ballroom dancing when he was a child. In fact he even has trophies for it.

Thanks for your time and support AMBY. Hope to meet you all someday soon.

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Thank you Loon Lake, for giving us your answers!

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