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Love Lake started as a one-man band, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anders Carlson helming the process of producing its 2010 self-titled debut from start to near finish, having just a little help from his friends on drums, ukelele, and mastering. The heart and love of melody present on that project is not lost on his second album, Beachmaster, as he's added three bandmates to the mix -- Clay Sollenburger, Riley Walker, and Shaughn McCurdy, who all share vocal duties with Carlson. The big difference with this new project? It most definitely takes Love Lake out of the territory of navel-gazing solo act, and into the domain of true rock band.
It may not have been their intention, but they've stumbled onto a sound with this record that seems it could've been recorded in a garage belonging to one of the Wilson brothers or that of cousin Love... at some point between when it was all surfboards and girls, and when too many drugs, drownings, Stamos, and an egomaniacal Mike Love had to go and ruin everything. In advance of their record release show this Sunday at the 7th Street Entry, Gimme Noise caught up with Carlson to discuss the transition from solo act to four-piece, the magic of live-take recording and breakfast burritos, and recording under heavy influence of Coke -- the kind that comes in a red can, mind you.More »