The Untitled Interview #26 - SXSW Edition: Starring Eli Moore (LAKE)

Seeing as it’s getting to be springtime around these parts (yay for the second-best season of the year), I find it necessary to listen to bands that, quite simply, sound a little bit like spring themselves. You know what I mean. Bands that have a certain joie de vivre, and perhaps just a little bit more of a spring in their step than most. Bands that when you listen to them and close your eyes, you see all sorts of things like sylvan, sun-drenched woodland scenes, full of dew-covered foliage and bounding deer and sky bluer than you can comprehend.

Enter LAKE. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, LAKE definitely gives me that springtime feeling. Try ‘em out for yourself, give “Oh the Places” or the fantastically ridiculous “LAKE Sandwitch” a listen and see if you don’t come down with a mild case of spring fever.

And oh, by the way, it just so happens that they’re one of the heaps of bands playing SXSW 2009. They’re also doing a rather extensive West Coast tour, so friends out west, don’t be remiss in checking out LAKE.

Mr. Eli Moore, himself a member of said LAKE, was kind enough to answer my thematic questions pertaining to said SXSW. Read them, and then go track down some LAKE-ian tunes for your collection.

Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Eli Moore: We're driving down to SXSW in our van.

LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
EM: I will definitely forget to pack my toothbrush and my Gameboy.

LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
EM: We're playing 4 or 5 shows in the time we'll be in Austin.

LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
EM: Rafter.

LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
EM: Set up our instruments and start playing the show.

LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
EM: My uncle used to live in Upstate New York. We snuck into Woodstock '94 when I was visiting him when I was 14!

LET: Favorite thing about festivals?
EM: Running into people you know, friends, surprise sightings!

[Photo by Sarah Cass]


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