Lake Trout (band)

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Lake Trout
Origin Baltimore, Maryland
Genres Ambient, post-rock, post-punk
Years active 1994–2010
Labels Palm Pictures
Associated acts Big in Japan
Unkle
Website laketrout.com
Members James Griffith
Ed Harris
Mike Lowry
Matt Pierce
Woody Ranere

Lake Trout are a rock band based in Baltimore. Their music is a combination of rock, ambient, jazz, and many other styles, including influences from post-rock and post-punk.[1] The band has released six albums since its inception, four in-studio and two live. Their most recent album entitled "Live" was released in December 2008.

History[edit]

Early Music[edit]

Lake Trout first came together in 1994. Their first album is self-titled and consists of eight songs with a heavy dose of jazz.[2] It was released independently in 1997.[1] The band's second album, released in 1998, is also on SNS Records. Volume for the Rest of It consists of 16 tracks total and has a more developed feel.

Lake Trout's third album, Alone at Last - Live with DJ Who is a live album[2] and was recorded on December 9, 1999 at Trax in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was released by Phoenix Rising Records in 2000. This album, as would be expected with the addition of a DJ, has a harder and more electronic sound than the band's earlier work. It has a slightly darker feel than the previous two records and incorporates elements of drum and bass music into the sound.[2] Mike Lowry has stated that Amon Tobin was a significant influence on him at the time, driving his development of breakbeat and jungle drumming techniques and textures.

The "Shift in Sound"[edit]

With the release of their fourth album, Another One Lost (2003, released by Palm/RX Records), the band made a decided shift towards a more indie rock-oriented sound.[2] The relationship between the "new sound" and the "old sound" is clearly evident, but the shift is obvious.[2] Some fans lament this change in the band's sound, preferring the more jazz-oriented earlier work. Many enjoy the change, however, seeing a clear progression in the band's sound.

On September 13, 2005, the band released the album, Not Them, You on Palm/RX Records.[3] This album continues with the evolution of the "new sound."

In December 2008, the band released a live album containing songs from the groups live set that had not been previously recorded as well as select songs from the most recent two studio albums.

Touring[edit]

In 2007 the band put a halt to its previous ongoing touring schedule.[3] Since then the band has re-appeared every year for a few shows on the east coast. James Griffith, Matthew Pierce and Mike Lowry have toured extensively as part of UNKLE's touring band since June 2007.[3]

Big in Japan[edit]

Big in Japan is a Lake Trout side project.[4] Until 2009 its members were James Griffith, Matt Pierce, and Mike Lowry. Its music was instrumental, very improvisational, and ambient.

In 2009, while James Griffith stayed in London working on the new UNKLE record, guitarist Ed Harris started playing bass for the group.[4] More recent shows have included lots of guest sit-ins such as fellow Lake Trout member Woody Ranere, Katrina Ford of Celebration,[4][5] Dave Heumann of Arboretum, Matt Naas of The Expotentials, Steve Strohmeier, and Mike Kuhl.

Since the summer of 2007, Big in Japan (in its original form) has been the touring band for UNKLE. James Griffith co-wrote Unkle's 2008 full album release End Titles... Stories for Film and has been working on the most recent recording scheduled for release in early 2010.

Members[edit]

Lake Trout consists of:[1]

  • James Griffith: bass, guitar, vocals
  • Ed Harris: guitar, bass, vocals
  • Mike Lowry: drums
  • Matt Pierce: keyboards, saxophone, flute, drum machine, sampler, vocals
  • Woody Ranere: guitar, lead vocals

Discography[edit]

Lake Trout (1997)[edit]

  1. Cracked - 8:21
  2. On My Way to Work - 4:52
  3. What to Do - 5:22
  4. Outswinger - 4:00
  5. Stuck in My World - 9:39
  6. Too Sweet - 5:12
  7. Polis - 9:20
  8. Nuetro Ivenus - 7:51

Volume for the Rest of It (1998)[edit]

  1. Spin - 2:11
  2. Sounds from Below - 3:44
  3. Knew You When - 1:29
  4. Little Things - 3:23
  5. In Different Places - 2:11
  6. Nothingbomb - 3:01
  7. Bad Tattoo - 2:36
  8. Can It Be - 1:29
  9. Traipsing - 3:02
  10. I'll Be - 3:51
  11. Kono - 2:11
  12. Snipet - 3:09
  13. Derelict Bumper - 2:11
  14. Another Day - 1:02
  15. Colby - 1:11
  16. (hidden track) - 2:31

Alone at Last, Live with DJ Who (2000)[edit]

  1. Su Nombre Es Peligro - 2:51
  2. >>> (untitled, commonly referred to as "#2") - 6:26
  3. I'll Be - 7:40
  4. Little Things in Different Places - 8:03
  5. >>> (untitled, commonly referred to as "#5") - 7:47
  6. P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S - 3:54
  7. Luvean - 7:04
  8. Let Me Show You What I'm Used To... - 7:40
  9. >>> (untitled, commonly referred to as "#9") - 4:07
  10. What Boy? - 4:44
  11. Kono - 7:17
  12. Throw Me the Whip - 3:01 [6]

Another One Lost (2002)[edit]

  1. Stutter - 3:10
  2. Say Something - 4:09
  3. Her - 3:20
  4. Holding - 4:20
  5. Mine - 3:10
  6. Bliss - 3:40
  7. Still - 3:18
  8. Another One Lost - 3:32
  9. Burr (The Man) - 3:12
  10. I Was Wrong - 3:16
  11. Last Words - 3:46
  12. Look Who It Is - 7:25
  13. Iris - 3:19

Not Them, You (2005)[edit]

Tracks 17-21 were added after the original release of the album. They can be bought from the iTunes Music Store.

  1. Shiny Wrapper - 0:52
  2. Pill - 3:22
  3. Riddle - 1:11
  4. I - 0:48
  5. If I Can - 3:22
  6. Not Them, You - 1:20
  7. Now We Know - 2:43
  8. Forward March - 2:01
  9. King 3:09
  10. Have You Ever - 2:37
  11. Peel - 1:12
  12. Street Fighting Man - 3:42
  13. Systematic Self - 0:39
  14. Honey - 3:40
  15. II - 2:11
  16. Keep Your Eyes Shut - 1:12
  17. III - 2:01
  18. IV - 1:12
  19. V - 3:42
  20. VI - 1:23
  21. VII - 2:33

Live (2008)[edit]

  1. Riddle - 3:29
  2. Piece - 2:59
  3. New Thing - 1:48
  4. Systematic Self - 2:11
  5. Shiny Wrapper - 1:51
  6. Burr (The Man) - 4:21
  7. Not Them You - 4:22
  8. Say Something - 3:11
  9. Stutter - 2:01
  10. #2 - 1:49
  11. Wave of Mutilation - 2:33
  12. Pill - 4:12
  13. >>> (untitled) - 3:28
  14. Bliss - 4:50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gearing, Brian (August 17, 1999). "New Groove of The Month: Lake Trout". www.jambands.com/. Jambands. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Keast, Darren (March 6, 2002). "Organic Jam - Hey, what's that glowstick doing in the granola? Lake Trout redefines the jam-band label for the electronic age.". www.riverfronttimes.com. Riverfront Times. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Shipley, Al (June 4, 2014). "Lake Trout Come Out of Hibernation". www.citypaper.com. Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Sessa, Sam (January 6, 2011). "Interview: Big in Japan". articles.baltimoresun.com/. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Case, Wesley (February 7, 2014). "Mt. Royal's effortless ride". articles.baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Album information from the original physical print of the Phoenix Rising CD release.

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