Order the new album, Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive, and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. "I wasn't only impressed with their musicianship," says Olson, who acquired the nickname "McDuck" while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. "They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties."
The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton, Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a self-titled debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive's evolution of the band from "a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns '60s influences like Brill Building girl groups ("Stop Your Crying"), British Invasion rock ("Bobby Tanqueray"), horn-driven Stax R&B ("You Go Down Smooth"), Motown soul ("Use Me Up") and even The Band-like gospel blues ("What About Me").
All four members of the band take part in the writing. The Bridget-penned title track is a wry commentary on how those selfie iPhone photos are just a cover for loneliness, but it could also refer to the rest of the album, each song a polaroid glimpse of a band that is constantly evolving.
"Nothing we do is set in stone," says Olson about the band's recording process in the studio, and that they are, first and foremost, a live outfit. "Songs change when we start to play them for people. That determines the stylistic direction more than anything else. When we record a song, that's just a snapshot of where it was at that moment. And it continues to grow as we perform it."
And as things are rapidly growing for Lake Street Dive, the nine years that they spent focusing on their musical development has left them with one constant to strive for. "We are named in homage to dive bar bands," says Calabrese, "we were, are and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we're playing for 10 people or 10,000 we want them to have that feeling."
Lake Street Dive's North American Tour Dates:
- 2/6 - The Mug at Vassar College (Students Only) - Poughkeepsie, NY
- 2/7 - FUV Live at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall - New York, NY
- 2/8 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
- 2/12 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
- 2/14 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
- 2/15 - The Old Theater - Oriental, NC
- 2/16 - Mountain Stage Radio - Charleston, WV
- 2/21 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
- 2/22 - Lancaster Roots and Blues - Lancaster, PA
- 2/23 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA
- 2/25 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
- 2/27 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
- 2/28 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
- 3/1 - 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
- 3/3 - The New Vintage - Louisville, KY
- 3/4 - The 20th Century Theater - Cincinnati, OH
- 3/5 - Skullys Music Diner - Columbus, OH
- 3/7 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
- 3/8 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
- 3/11 - Neptune - Seattle, WA
- 3/12 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
- 3/14 - The Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
- 3/15 - The Troubador - Los Angeles, CA
- 3/16 - Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA
- 3/20 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
- 3/21 - The Paradise Theater - Paonia, CO
- 3/22 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
- 3/23 - eTown - Boulder, CO
- 3/25 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
- 3/26 - Old Rock House - St Louis, MO
- 3/28 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, Canada
- 3/29 - Mr. Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA
- 3/31 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
- 4/1 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
- 4/2 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
- 4/4 - Academy of Music - Northampton, MA
- 4/5 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
- 4/6 - Royale Boston - Boston, MA
- 4/12 - Old Settler's Music Festival - Driftwood, TX
*Offer valid only with purchase of Bad Self Portraits. This special offer is valid for both domestic and international orders. CDs shipping with promotional items are limited to (5) per customer. Autographed CD booklets will be available while supplies last, newburycomics.com will post information when autographed booklets are sold out.