Veterans of 8 years and 5 releases, Lake Street Dive bring old school sensibilities to up-tempo pop music. The group was featured on The Colbert Report on Wednesday this week, performing two songs and sitting down with Colbert for an interview to promote their upcoming album, Bad Self-Portraits which is due out on February 18. Check out the 3 clips below...
Lake Street Dive Interviewed by Stephen Colbert:
During the interview, the group talks about their history, and how they met at the Conservatory of Music in Boston. They talk about learning music from the perspective of jazz musicians, and how they got the name for Bad Self Portraits. As with most Colbert interviews, you can see the guests are just trying to hold on for the bumpy and brilliant ride that Stephen takes them on. This was followed by two performances...
Lake Street Dive "You Go Down Smooth" on Colbert Report:
Lake Street Dive "Rabid Animal" Colbert Nation Web Exclusive:
During these songs, the band features Rachael Price as lead singer, Mike Olson on guitar, Bridget Kearney on upright bass, and Mike Calabrese on drums. All the members of the band have been known to contribute in other ways on previous records, and they all provide backing vocals here as well.
The first song, "You Go Down Smooth," is a bluesy boogie that showcases all the band members showing their prowess. You can hear a lot of Motown influences, as well as some classical vocal chops and a modern indie vibe. The band brings great energy, and Price is a dynamo of a frontwoman with an incredible voice and charisma.
The web exclusive, "Rabid Animal," sounds more like a '70s rocker but the upright bass gives an interesting and classic organic quality while also sounding fresh. The breakdown at the end almost sounds like Bruce Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" which is a very good thing, as far as I'm concerned. This is soulful modern rock and roll.