To celebrate this summer marking the 10-year anniversary of LAKE being a band, I asked member Ashley Eriksson to find a photo from each year, and to write a short caption about each photo. Together with Eli Moore, they scrounged the moments below from the LAKE archives.
Although LAKE started as a “for fun” band ten years ago, with their debut performance at Eli’s birthday party, what they’ve accomplished in the past ten years (signing to K Records, releasing eight full-length albums, internationally touring with Half-handed Cloud, Adrian Orange, and Laura Veirs…) shows that playing music has always been a priority in their lives. While asking Ashley a few questions for this piece, she admitted that after their first performance, “we all had in our minds that we were going to do some serious collaborating as soon as possible.”
Their music has varied over the years, and so has their line-up. “If we had changed our band name every time the line-up changed, then we would have changed our name around 6 times,” Ashley says. Overall, there’s an easiness to the band’s sound, a lack of urgency, and also an indulgence in instrumentation and harmonies that play out beautifully, all characteristic of both their physical surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and also their wide-ranging influences: Arthur Russell, Fleetwood Mac, and Dear Nora. Of the songwriting, Ashley explains, “I do believe there are a few archetypes that we keep fulfilling, such as the uplifting or hopeful song, the dance song, or the spiritual questioning song.”
As for their approach to keeping it together so long? Ashley says that having multiple songwriters helps. While she and Eli have been the two consistent band members throughout the years, and, in turn, the main songwriters, Markly Morrison (who releases solo music under the name Skrill Meadow) contributes songs, as does Andrew Dorsett. The real secret, though? “The band is based around love, friendship, and not changing our band name.”