Jul 9, 2012

Gun Lake (E108) folk-pop\rock band from Ypsilanti, Michigan US

About: Gun Lake

Gun Lake: four piece folk-pop\rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan US played in E108 of the ArenaCast.

The music of the amazing project of a poet and artist Mark Fain from Michigan, USA, is rather hard to be characterized. It combines the best of folk, indie, pop and rock music.
Sophisticated polyphony and the light vocals of Mark Fain, great backing vocals performed by bassist Macklin Underdown and guitarist Ryan O'Reilly, the groovy rhythm section, beautiful dramatic arrangements and the catchy melodies will not let you get bored listening to the band’s debut LP “Balfour”.
You can listen to this wonderful album online and find the links where you can buy it on the band’s R&R World profile and the Official Site.
The digital copy of this album will for sure find its place in the playlists, and the physical one – on the shelves of lots of indie-folk music lovers from all over the world.

1. How do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your main goal as a band?
In 5 years, I have no idea where I will be but I'm very open to the idea of no longer residing in Southeast Michigan. My hope is that Gun Lake will be much better known by then, but our goal is just to make music we're happy with. We have high standards for our songs, I think.

2. Can you name some peculiarities that define the music scene in your town/country?
We live in Ypsilanti, Michigan which is relatively close to Detroit. The music scene is a melting pot around here, but there are certainly sub-scenes for folk bands, hip-hop artists, rock bands, etc. I guess the most peculiar thing about where we are is that there can be some amazing musicians making music in their bedrooms or whatever who will never be heard by people outside a 100km radius.

3. What do you think of episode 108? Which of the other featured songs do you like the most?
Blind Melon is one of my favorite bands of all time too. I really like Absolute Mag by The Newtons and The Fire by play_rewind_eject.

4. Is there a story behind your song "Brother's Bed"?
Brother's Bed alludes to a great New Year's Eve I spent with a girl I had fallen in love with. We were on holiday from University of Michigan, and she asked me to come visit her at her parents' house over New Year's (where I had to sleep in the room of her brother who was spending the holiday with friends). That night, things finally fell into place after months of longing. Obviously, it's not a happy song though. The song juxtaposes what was an overwhelmingly happy beginning with an equally overwhelmingly bitter end.

5. Please share your nearest plans. What are you currently working on?
CurWe shot a music video for a new song recently so that will be out relatively soon, and we are working on the album that that will be on. We hope to spend a little time touring in the US and the UK after that comes out.

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