LAKE may only have played about 5 or 6 songs, but over that brief period of time they entranced the audience. Blending a lo-fi garage sound with psychedelic pop, the Olympia band was the first to perform at Department of Safety’s farewell show. With various synths and the clash of male/female vocals, LAKE demonstrated versatility in performance with members frequently exchanging instruments.
In all honesty, this was my introduction to LAKE. I had heard of them, but I hadn’t heard them. Live, their sound emphasized the lo-fi nature, a signature Olympia sound; and it fit Anacortes and Department Of Safety perfectly.
Throughout the evening, the band would return to accompany the other musicians. Not only did the band show great ability in their own songs and the genre in which they were most comfortable, they also gave a few phenomenal performances with artists as diverse as the eccentric Karl Blau and the eclectic free-improvising Arrington de Dionyso.
LAKE recently released a new album on K Records called Let’s Build A Roof. “Sing 99 & 90” is from that album.
Photos by Andrew Fenstermaker.