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Lakes Share New Track “Retrograde” – New Album “Start Again” due 30th July via Big Scary Monsters (UK) & Know Hope Records (US)

July 22, 2021

Lakes Share New Track Retrograde

New Album ‘Start Again’ out 30th July on Big Scary Monsters (UK) and Know Hope Records (US)

Watford based six-piece ensemble Lakes today share moving new single Retrograde, taken from their forthcoming new record ‘Start Again’. The band recently announced their signing to Big Scary Monsters for the new album, out 30th July.

Talking about the new single, co-lead vocalist Blue Jenkins said “Retrograde is inspired by a particular experience of trying and failing pretty spectacularly to navigate an avoidant attachment, despite impassioned arguments for the cause on both sides. It’s about how confusing and frustrating it can feel to try and work together with somebody only to keep coming up against the same problems, and how sad it still is when you finally have to let it all go.”

A more moving ensemble with an intimate lyrical journey. Once again Lakes provide a release that from the moment the entwining guitar notes shine allows this immersive instrumentation to project this raw power and becomes such a hypnotic trait to this release. When the drum shuffle joins the arrangement, the intensity ramps up as the exploration meanders through its intricate course. Lakes work on this growing ensemble slowly building up the crucial journey, adding layer upon layer over time and then adding these vast peaks and captivating break-downs all of which build this expressive ambiance that pushes the direction of this ensemble. The tender lyrical harmonies allude to this emotionally enriching and cathartic experience.

After a handful of self-releases and a stint of heavy touring with the likes of Nervus and Orchards, the pandemic forced Lakes to slow down, having been catapulted a long way in a short space of time through consistent hard work and sheer tenacity. The six individuals that make up Lakes took the opportunity to formulate new ideas ready for their newest offering, and fired by a strong ‘do it yourself’ ethic, they collaborated remotely on bringing each other’s stories to life. The resulting album, mixed by Neil Strauch (Owen, Owls, Joan Of Arc, Anathallo, Slow Mass etc), captures themes of healing, hope and relief.

“This batch of songs has been a vehicle for healing for all six of us in some way, so there are a lot of different but raw themes throughout the record. Even though we’re currently all isolated from each other, the one person you can’t escape is yourself,” says co-lead vocalist Roberto Cappellina. “We talk about anything from mental health to addiction; from break ups to cutting out toxic friends, to postpartum psychosis. We’ve been to some dark places between us, but ultimately, ‘Start Again’ is about coming out the other side. This record is about facing that darkness, owning it and letting go of the past. It’s about being at peace with it and moving forward and saying that it’s actually OK to start again.”

Inspired by midwestern emo giants American Football’s LP2, ‘80s pop rock icons Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel and stimulated by the sonic legacies of their scene peers (The Appleseed Cast, TTNG, Broken Social Scene and Bon Iver),  the band was born out of drummer/guitarist Matt Shaw’s newfound desire to write music. Within the space of a month, he had the basis for an EP (2018’s The Tahoe EP and 2019’s The Geneva EP) and an album laid out. With former bandmate Roberto Cappellina on vocals, those early works were recorded on a single mic and PC. Soon the pair were joined by Blue Jenkins (vocals, glockenspiel, keys), Rob Vacher (guitar), Gareth Arthur (guitar) and Charlie Smith (bass).

In 2019 Lakes released their debut album ‘The Constance LP’, which saw praise from the likes of Rocksound, Brooklyn Vegan, Alt Press and Punktastic, with Washed Up Emo calling the ensemble “Your new favourite band”. Lakes’ spell-binding and triumphant live show has seen them garner fans worldwide, their reputation unexpectedly preceding them when Tower Records Tokyo profiled the band instore. The band subsequently signed with Friend of Mine Records in Japan and Know Hope Records in the US.


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