The Lighthouse and The Whaler

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The Lighthouse and The Whaler
The Lighthouse and The Whaler at Webster Hall in February 2013
The Lighthouse and The Whaler at Webster Hall in February 2013
Background information
OriginCleveland, Ohio, United States
GenresIndie rock
Years active2008 (2008)–present
MembersMichael LoPresti
Matthew LoPresti
Mark Porostosky
Ryan Walker
Past membersAaron Smith (el trancabaños)
Evan Storey
Steve Diaz

The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band from Cleveland, Ohio. Originally a folk rock trio, they eventually became a rock quartet. The group's second album, This is an Adventure, was produced by Ryan Hadlock and independently released in 2012 and received critical praise for its genre-bending melodic folk.


Early years and formation (2008–11)[edit]

The Lighthouse and the Whaler was formed by vocalist and guitarist Michael LoPresti in 2008. The name was inspired by Chapter 14 of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. "The Field Song", the band's first song, was a result of spontaneous collaboration that took place between Lopresti and former band members Aaron Smith and Evan Storey in a field when they were first starting.[1] Soon after "The Field Song" was selected for the acclaimed Paste Magazine Sampler CD in Issue 29.[2] In November 2009, the band self-produced and released its debut album, The Lighthouse and the Whaler. The band supported the release with a performance at SXSW 2010[3] and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,[4] as well as tours and opening slots for bands like The Temper Trap, GIVERS and Motion City Soundtrack. Later in 2010 the band was named the "Best Indie" act in Cleveland by Cleveland Scene Magazine [5] and was featured as a band of the month by BMI.[6] That album went on to receive more attention from Paste,[7] KEXP[8] and Daytrotter.[9]

This is an Adventure (2011-2014)[edit]

In August 2011, the band began recording This is an Adventure at Bear Creek Studios in Washington, where The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, The Walkmen and Ra Ra Riot had previously recorded.[10] The group lived in the barn attached to the studio while making the record under the production of Hadlock.

A three-song Pioneers EP was released in March 2012, in anticipation of This is an Adventure, which followed in September 2012. Released independently, the album was the second highest ranking DIY album on the CMJ 200 in 2012 and received attention from NPR World Cafe,[11] Paste,[12] FILTER,[13] Daytrotter,[14] Under the Radar magazine and others. Music from the album was featured on Gossip Girl, CSI:NY, Emily Owens MD and other shows.

In support of the album, The Lighthouse and the Whaler toured North America with Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond PA, Ra Ra Riot[15] and Ewert and the Two Dragons, performing at CMJ[16] Pop! Montreal, NXNE,[17] SXSW[18] and FILTER Culture Collide Festival.[19] During Culture Collide, the band won Peter Gabriel's cover song contest to celebrate the 20th anniversary of So.[20] This is an Adventure debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in March 2013.[21] Due to the success of This is an Adventure the band released the Venice Remix EP on June 10, 2014 featuring remixes from Savior Adore, Chancellor Warhol and Adam Snow as well as a new radio edit of Venice.[22] The band supported the release of the EP with a national tour supporting Matt Pond PA[23] and additional dates with Run River North on either side of its release date.

Mont Royal (2015–Present)[edit]

In January 2015, The Lighthouse and the Whaler started recording its third album, Mont Royal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The album was produced and mixed by Marcus Paquin, who previously worked with Local Natives, Arcade Fire and The National.[24] It was released on 28 August 2015 by Roll Call Records in the United States of America and Fontana North in Canada. It was released by Smack Face Records in Australia and New Zealand. The first single, "I Want to Feel Alive," included a music video featuring Holland Roden of MTV's Teen Wolf.[25]



  • The Lighthouse and the Whaler (2009)
  • This is an Adventure (2012)
  • Mont Royal (2015)


  • A Whisper, a Clamour EP (2008)
  • Pioneers EP (2012)
  • Venice Remix EP (2014)
  • Paths EP (2017)


  1. ^ "HEAR THIS: The Lighthouse and The Whaler". The Owl Mag. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Paste New Music Sampler". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "SXSW 2010 Preview". Pop Damage. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Summer in The City Performers: 2010". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  5. ^ "The 2010 Cleveland Scene Music Awards". Cleveland Scene Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  6. ^ "The Lighthouse and the Whaler Headline BMI Pick of the Month in NY". Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Live From Paste:The Lighthouse and the Whaler". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ "The Lighthouse and the Whaler". KEXP. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  9. ^ "The Lighthouse and the Whaler 1st Daytrotter Session". Daytrotter. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Producer Ryan Hadlock". Mix Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Next: The Lighthouse and The Whaler". NPR World Cafe. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Album Stream: The Lighthouse and the Whaler-This is an Adventure". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  13. ^ "LISTEN: The Lighthouse And The Whaler's "Venice" Remix Bumps In The Whip". Filter Magazine. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  14. ^ "The Lighthouse and the Whaler 2nd Daytrotter Session". Daytrotter. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Ra Ra Riot Announces Tour Dates". CMJ. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  16. ^ "The Lighthouse and The Whaler Debut New Song, Play CMJ". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  17. ^ "NXNE 2013: DIANA and The Lighthouse and the Whaler". Sticky Magazine. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  18. ^ "The Lighthouse and The Whaler - Little Vessels (Live at SXSW)". NME. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  19. ^ "The Lighthouse and The Whaler Culture Collide Preview". Culture Collide. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  20. ^ "FILTER & Peter Gabriel Announce "So" Winning Cover By The Lighthouse And The Whaler". Filter Magazine. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  21. ^ ""This Is An Adventure" debuts at 8 on Billboard Heatseekers". Indie Hitmaker. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  22. ^ ""PREMIERE: The Lighthouse And The Whaler — "Venice" (Savoir Adore Remix)". Purevolume. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Matt Pond PA celebrating 'Emblems' 10th anniversary on tour". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Capturing the Dark Beauty of The National". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  25. ^ "This 'Teen Wolf' Star Is Everyone's Dream Girl In The Lighthouse And The Whaler's New Video". Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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