They were tipped as ‘ones to watch’ after the release of their first EP, Not Just Friends. Now, Loon Lake has done it again with a return serve of indie rock-pop, packed with hand-claping, catchy lyrics and dance-around-your-bedroom delight. You won’t be able to keep still listening to Thirty Three – we haven’t.
Loon Lake is comprised of three brothers, Simon, Sam and Nick along with two close friends Tim and Dan. Their EP, Thirty Three is set for release August 3rd, and they’ll be hitting the road soon (more details below!) But before they do, we asked a few questions about their music, touring and secret (annoying) talents.
Where did the band name come from?
It was the title of a book that Sam found when he was travelling in Central America. It’s 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.
In 5 words, what is your second EP, Thirty Three about?
Issues 33-year-olds experience and other things.
You’re about to run off on tour, does touring with family members make it feel like an annual family road trip? Who plays dad?
Yeah Tim plays dad. He is one of the non-family-member-band-members, but he compensates by being a fatherly figure. He always takes the driving reins. If the rest of us are fighting in the back he pulls the car over and threatens to make us walk. And he never lets us stop for ice-cream. On the other hand, he is a very caring dad and always listens to us when we want to talk about issues about growing up and girls and the like. He taught me how to shave.
What bands did you listen to growing up?
Well we each listened to different bands at different times when we were growing up. I don’t think there are any real common threads between the whole lot of us. I suppose for us brothers, there was a lot of grunge around when we were really young and that was big in our house. We tended to go for Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Silverchair and I suppose that carries over into our music. But yeah, that’s only a small part of it.
You’ve got quite a Brit-pop/rock sound – where does this sound come from?
I think many of our influences in terms of sound are from the 2000s and that’s probably after the Brit-pop heyday. But I think many of the bands we really like from that period are definitely influenced by Brit-pop bands.
What can’t you leave home without?
Madmex loyalty card.
Do any of Loon Lake’s band members have a secret (or not so secret) talent/skill?
Yes. Tim and Dan have a real talent for critiquing coffee beans and blends. But if you asked me I would say that it’s more of a fuckin’ annoying joke.
The Thirty Three tour begins in August, and Loon Lake will be tearing up stages in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Wollongong, Sydney, and Newcastle. Head to their website for more details as well as some free downloads!