You know what I miss? I miss straight-up rock & roll, because at this day and age, a straight-up rock & roll band can be nearly impossible to find. But that’s why we’ve been blessed with Sydney’s very own Black Lakes.
The band, consisting of twin brothers David (drums) and Stephen (vocals, bass) and guitarists Brenton and Phil, has taken Australia by a storm, performing constantly, including a recent stint supporting national indie-rock heroes, The Rubens. This four-piece names classic Australian rock (Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil) as primary influences, and yet they seem to also channel elements of The War On Drugs and My Morning Jacket into their unique, rockin’ sound, as they dive into self-described “Psych West” and “nostalgic” territories.
The band just released their debut EP, Only For The Woods: the first in a two-EP series, Trick Hotel, whose second release, Entry To The Trick Hotel, will be released in 2013. Both were recorded above a Sydney Hotel, thereby explaining the series’ namesake. The six-song debut EP definitely channels their psych west tendencies, as they obtain a certain quality that is uniquely Black Lakes.
The Sydneysiders’ live show is also worth mentioning, as they know how to put on one kick ass performance. I was lucky enough to witness one of their above mentioned shows supporting The Rubens where they played at the 1350-capacitied Metro Theatre – although a couple hours before the entire sold-out crowd had arrived. The lucky ones that had arrived early got to witness a short but rockin’ show, as Stephen’s husky voice translated even better live than on record, while the rest of the band completely killed it with their rockin’ playing. Did I mention they absolutely rocked it?!