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From Indian Lakes
From Indian Lakes live in Nashville, TN May 2016.jpg
From Indian Lakes live in Nashville, TN May 2016 while on tour with Tokyo Police Club
Background information
Origin Indian Lakes Estates, Coarsegold, California, United States
Years active 2009–present
Labels Triple Crown
Members Joey Vannucchi
Justin Stanphill
Enrique Gutierrez
Tohm Ifergan
Chris Kellogg

From Indian Lakes is an American indie rock band formed in 2009. Vocalist Joey Vannucchi writes, performs, and produces the music. The band's sound changes between releases but generally incorporates elements of pop, atmosphere, and rock. In interviews Vannucchi has cited influence from Mew, Radiohead, Feist, The Dodos, and other indie musicians.[1] As a touring act the group consists of Vannucchi (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Justin Stanphill (guitar, vocals), Enrique Gutierrez (keyboards, samples), Tohm Ifergan (drums) and Chris Kellogg (bass, vocals). Vannucchi began songwriting in a small mountain town near Yosemite National Park and later enlisted the help of friends to perform his material. From Indian Lakes have released two albums independently: The Man with Wooden Legs in late 2009 and Able Bodies in 2012. Their third album, Absent Sounds, was released on October 7, 2014 on Triple Crown Records[2] Their fourth album, "Everything Feels Better Now", was released on October 14, 2016 via Triple Crown Records.


Joey Vannucchi grew up on forty acres of land near Yosemite National Park in California. Without electricity or common childhood luxuries, Joey spent most of his youth reading books, playing drums, learning new instruments, and exploring the land around his rural home.[3] He received classical jazz drum lessons and played on a borrowed church drumset for hours daily, "I could play my drums for hours," he said. "There was no one to bother. No one around cared about the sound."[4]

Throughout high school and into adulthood, Vannucchi participated in various bands. At age 20, he started writing and recording songs at a friend's studio in Indian Lakes, California[5] which he released to Myspace as "Songs From Indian Lakes". This reference was later shortened to the current band name.[6]

After enlisting friends to perform his material, From Indian Lakes began playing local shows and independently released a full-length record, The Man With Wooden Legs, in late 2009.[2]

From Indian Lakes recorded and released the Acoustic EP in 2011 and performed solo on a month-long living room tour across the US.[7]

On November 2012, From Indian Lakes released its second—and still independent—album, Able Bodies, which was well received by both fans and press.[2] Able Bodies was also selected to be on Google Play's Top Unsigned List for 2012 releases and remained on the cover of iTunes as a "rising star of alt-rock" for three weeks.[8]

From Indian Lakes signed to Triple Crown Records in 2013 and released their third album, Absent Sounds on October 7, 2014[2] and it entered the Billboard 200, reached number 8 on the Top Heatseekers chart, and hit number 36 on the Independent Albums chart.[9][10]

From Indian Lakes posted a link to their official website and a new EP, Wanderer. It features three new songs and two acoustic renditions of previous songs written and recorded by Vannucchi at his home studio in Northern California. It was produced and Engineered by long time friend Matthew Bedrosian who helped with "The Acoustic EP" in 2011.[11][12]

On July 23, 2016, a documentary, To and from Indian Lakes, filmed by longtime friend, Guy Samuelson, was released. It was filmed over several months of touring and spending time in Vannucchi's and Samuelson's childhood areas in and around Indian Lakes.[13]

On August 18, 2016, NPR featured a new song, "The Monster", off Everything Feels Better Now, scheduled to be released October 14, 2016 on Triple Crown Records.[14][15]

On October 14, 2016 "Everything Feels Better Now", a fourth full-length album, was released on Triple Crown Records. The album was produced by Kevin Augunas, engineered/mixed by Gavin Paddock, and mastered by Mikchael Fassbender.[16] EFBN was recorded partly in a coffee shop basement near Vannucchi's brief time home in Chico, CA and finished over several weeks at Fairfax Recordings in the old Sound City Studios space.[17] It was met with praise by fans and critics and featured in Pitchfork,[18] Consequence of Sound,[17] Stereogum[19] as well as charting at 105 in the top 200 on Billboard and debuting at number 5 on the heat seekers chart.[20]

From Indian Lakes digitally released "EFBN Tapes" on December 5, 2016. The release features demos, alternative versions, and initial interpretations of the songs from "Everything Feels Better Now". It was previously released only on cassette with deluxe pre-orders, but Vannucchi decided to put the songs online stating "These were meant to be released as a deluxe digital add on to the record at a time when new promotion was appropriate, but it continues to feel necessary to put into action words of love and positivity." All proceeds are donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center.[21]


Studio albums


  • Acoustic EP (2011)
  • Wanderer (2016)


  • EFBN TAPES (2016)[22]


  1. ^ "Interview: Joey Vannucchi of From Indian Lakes". October 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "From Indian Lakes". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Blood: From Indian Lakes". May 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Natural rock formation". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Masquerade - artist - from-indian-lakes". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "INTERVIEW: From Indian Lakes". January 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Acoustic EP - From Indian Lakes". From Indian Lakes. October 25, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Behance". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Album Search for "Absent Sounds"". 
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  13. ^ "From Indian Lakes - Timeline - Facebook". 
  14. ^ "From Indian Lakes Announces 'Everything Feels Better Now' + Tour Dates". August 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hear From Indian Lakes' Dreamy 'The Monster'". 
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