Loon Lake

Genre: Alternative, Indie

Country of Origin: Australia

Brothers Simon, Sam and Nick Nolan, and honorary brother Tim grew up in country Victoria; after years spent bonding over music, they did the natural thing and formed a band. Overseas adventures supplied the final pieces of the puzzle: a lead guitarist and new friend, in the form of Melbourne native Dan, and a name, nicked from an E.L. Doctorow novel found in a Costa Rican café. The five-piece started putting down scrappy demos with one foot in the garage and the other in the sunshine, packed with indelible melodies and slacker-pop wit. Early demos Into The Office and the wild-eyed Easy Chairs scored props from the local blogosphere and from triple j tastemakers like Richard Kingsmill (“I’m a convert”) and Zan Rowe (“Killer riffs, total heart, down to earth stories... keep it coming”).

Then in 2011, they were picked alongside acts like Bleeding Knees Club and Owl Eyes in triple j’s Next Crop; they toured with Girls, Kaiser Chiefs, Cage The Elephant, The Grates, Jebediah and more; they headlined their first national tour, sold out iconic Melbourne venues Northcote Social Club and Ding Dong Lounge to rapturous hometown crowds; they played the Melbourne Big Day Out for the first time, as well as massive days like Pyramid Rock and Groovin’ The Moo that took them further from home. The Not Just Friends EP scored serious airplay with infectious anthems In The Summer and Easy Chairs, and in October, a new single Bad To Me hit #2 on the AIR charts and #9 on the iTunes Alt charts. They spent the whole time writing, inspired by both turbulent personal lives and the unique experience of doing what you love with your best mates by your side. Loon Lake are gearing up for 2012 and beyond with a collection of grown-up, more collaborative tracks that aren’t
all easy chairs and summertime.

“Everyone in our band has had a pretty big year of change in their lives,” says frontman Sam of the Loon Lake evolution. “A year when I came out of a long relationship and moved house and basically changed everything, but a year when things started going pretty well for the band and a year when we experienced so many new things. Some of the new lyrics have an angsty feel, but it’s more about feeling heavy things, overdramatising them, and using those feelings to create stories.”

Smudged with the bleary-eyed new insights that come of hard work and relentless touring - but still built on the boisterous melodies and gleefully ragged riffs that have already proved a winner with Aussie audiences - Loon Lake in 2012 sound stronger, wiser, louder, and better than ever.