Loon Lake tune up de­but al­bum

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

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*.

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