Good luck trying to pigeonhole Lake Trout . As intent as the music press is to affix labels, this band's music truly resists categorization. On the band's new Rx/Palm label debut, Another One Lost , this accomplished songwriting fivesome mine wholly uncharted terrain. The album's rock experimentalism will quite naturally elicit comparisons to The Talking Heads, The Pixies, Pink Floyd, and Sonic Youth. But the live drums somehow manage to evoke both John Bonham's thunder and Aphex Twin's drum machine. Elsewhere moody atmospherics will recall Amon Tobin, Kool Keith, and DJ shadow. While the groups sonic explorations bring to mind Steve Reich and Brian Eno.
Another One Lost is a reflection of the group's far-flung influences, collaborative creative process, and their determination to break-down artificially-imposed genre boundaries. The opening track, Stutter," for example, goes from pure static to a groove-heavy rock dirge to finally it's poignant outro. Elsewhere, "Say Something" transforms angst-ridden melody into warm jets while the speedy drum'n'bass grooves on "Bliss" mysteriously morph in and out of an emotive rock track. None of this prepares you for the title song's mashing a stripped down acoustic ballad with random ambient noise, the sweet melody on "I Was Wrong," the air-guitar-inducing power chords on "Last Words," or the experimental soundscapes on "Look Who It Is," and "Iris."
Lake Trout Lake Trout honed their unique sound the old fashioned way: logging hundreds of thousands of miles on their van's odometer. Since forming in Baltimore in the mid-nineties, guitarist Ed Harris , drummer Mike Lowry , multi-instrumentalist Matt Pierce , singer Woody Ranere , and bassist James Griffith have played nearly a thousand shows before a wide-range of audiences. A feat made all the more impressive when you consider they achieved this with hardly a dime of label support. Their live shows are legendary and have helped the band develop a diverse fanbase, which is why established acts as disparate as Queens of the Stone Age, Amon Tobin, Live, The Dismemberment Plan, Ben Harper, Soul Coughing, Cursive and many others have all shared their stage with Lake Trout.
In 2002, Lake Trout signed a groundbreaking deal with Gary Kurfirst's Rx Records and Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures. "The band's unconventional contract set a new standard for artist contracts with both the label and the band sharing in touring, record, merchandise, and music video/DVD revenues. This collaboration has allowed Another One Lost to be "Super Tagged" with a special MP3 of an exclusive all instrumental live performance Lake Trout recorded at XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. It will also include a hotlink to www.laketrout.com where fans can watch ambient visuals that accompany the songs as well as get tour info, remixes, and live tracks.
Lake Trout is planning some all-instrumental "Ambient Shows" during their upcoming fall tour. Their "Ambient Show" is entirely improvised and unique to most modern rock bands. Their "ambient" concept also gives fans the opportunity to participate by providing visuals for the special performances.