Loon Lake tune up debut album
S Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown blared through the nation’s speakers last month, Melbourne quintet Loon Lake sat closely, listening intently.
The band’s Dan Bull says the closer the world’s biggest music poll got to No. 1, the less likely they felt they would be included.
The annual Australia Day countdown features the Top 100 songs of 2012, as voted by listeners of the youth radio station. Loon Lake’s Cherry Lips came in at No. 29, over-taking international acts Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey and Alabama Shakes by a hair.
‘‘It was such a fantastic feeling. The mood definitely changed when our song came on. We poured beer all over each other,’’ Bull says.
‘‘For it to get to No. 29 shows the popularity of the song.
‘‘You have to have faith in songs when you release them. It’s surprising, but we had a bit of faith.’’
The indie-pop quintet has been together for more than two years, releasing two six-track EPs – 2011’s Not Just Friends and last year’s Thirty Three.
Bull says it wasn’t until the band created the sing-along summery pop tune that is Cherry Lips that Loon Lake discovered the direction they wanted to take their sound.
‘‘ Cherry Lips was the start of a new kind of sound for us,’’ he says.
‘‘Our music is still guitar-based but we are using more synth now. We are moving towards a more polished direction and we are starting to find our feet as our sound progresses.’’
Loon Lake are currently working on their debut album and Bull says the band has taken time out to pen tracks by the Great Ocean Road.
‘‘We spent some time at a house that is 40 minutes from any town, just writing, eating sleeping and surfing,’’ he says.
‘‘We’ve wrote four songs so far. They all relate to our relationships or the ocean. It’s important for us to create stories with our lyrics.
‘‘With pop music, you have to have a banging chorus and lyrics that people connect to.’’
Loon Lake also features brothers Simon, Sam and Nick Nolan and honorary brother Tim Lowe.
As expected, Bull says the family band aspect has its ups and downs.
‘‘The boys are all really close. They have their moments, but they attack really fast and abruptly,’’ he says, laughing.
Oh Mercy, Loon Lake and Oceanics play the Coolangatta Hotel on February 22 to launch the Bleach* Arts and Culture Festival, which plays various venues on the southern Gold Coast until March 3. Visit bleachfestival.com.au for the full program.
Triple J favourites Loon Lake play the opening night of Bleach*.