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Interview with Lakes.
This week I interviewed Seth Alan Roberts from the band Lakes. Mr. Roberts has been busy in the music industry for several years now. He's been involved with an impressive array of musical projects, but I'd venture to say that Lakes is his finest work to date. Their "Photographs" EP was a beautiful piece of indie rock nostalgia that seems to tell the story of an older couple looking back on their lives through a book of photos. It's definitely worth tracking down a copy, and the future of Lakes looks even more promising. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Lakes at the links below.
Brax: Tell me about the name of your band. Have you been involved with any other bands previously? Also, what are your favorite lakes to visit?
Lakes: The name comes from the place I used to live, and where I got married, and where our studio is located. It's called "The Lakes." We were trying to come up with a name and we thought it was simple and meaningful and easy to remember, so we stuck with it.
Yes, I was in a band called Watashi Wa. We put out two albums on Tooth and Nail Records. I also played guitar for a band called MXPX for two years. Jeremy was in a band called Noggin Toboggan, and Jacob was in Blesk, and now in The Honey Trees as well. Matt was in a band called Sound of Music and Kevin was in a band called Baby Rhino.
I like most lakes a lot, and other types of bodies of water. I'm a fan of bodies of water.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
Lakes: We are finishing an album. Right now it's being mixed. It's not titled yet, but it will have somewhere from 10-14 songs, and videos for every song.
Brax: Would you consider Lakes a solo project, or more of a collaborative band?
Lakes: It's been both, off and on. Right now it's a band, but up until now and this album even, it's been very much me, and some help from my friends. The tail end of this album it became more of a collaboration with these guys.
Brax: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Brax: If you could tour with Lakes anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Lakes: I love Australia and touring there is a lot of fun. Europe would be super fun too. And Japan.
Brax: What other current bands do you enjoy and/or respect?
Lakes: There are so many. I love Zeb Zaites and Sparrows Gate. I love Delta Spirit. I like Paolo Nutini and Jessie Baylin a lot lately.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Lakes: I love all of them, for different reasons. I love ipod for its consolidation and organization. I love vinyl for its sound, largeness of artwork, and cred points earned, and CDs are amazing and I love buying them and looking at the artwork and lyrics.
Brax: What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you at a live show?
Lakes: I've fallen off the stage. I've hit a girl in the face with my guitar and cut her and she was upset and left. That was a bummer.
Brax: Wormholes or black holes?
Lakes: Oh man, that’s tough. But not really. Wormholes are less effective and more safe to be around. So...wormholes...
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Lakes: Have fun. When you stop having fun, take a break and then start having fun again.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Lakes: Thank you!
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Thanks to Lakes.
Check back next Wednesday for my exciting interview with the band Winston and the Telescreen.
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