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Band return to Europe following sold-out Dublin and London shows, and performances on Later... with Jools Holland and The Late Late Show
Following sold-out shows in London and Dublin this spring, and performances on both Later… with Jools Holland and The Late Late Show, Lake Street Dive will return to Europe this autumn for a tour of the UK and Ireland. The band’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony,was released in February to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone describing the album as ‘pop with a timeless feel’, and NPR announcing, ‘2016 will be the year Lake Street Dive becomes a household name’.
The four band members - drummerMichael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson - worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on Side Pony, which takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive’s philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, “When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band’s spirit. We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.” Olson echoes her sentiment: “It has also come to mean anything you’re doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always ‘rocked our side pony.’ Now we have a convenient phrase for it.”
The members of Lake Street Dive met in 2004 as students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Though they were all studying jazz, their work together was informed by their love of classic pop, particularly from the ’60s, including the Beatles, the Supremes, Dusty Springfield, and the Beach Boys.
For several years, the group was a part-time proposition, but in 2012, Lake Street Dive became a full-time combo after a YouTube video of the quartet acoustically performing the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ on a suburban Boston street corner went viral. Producer T Bone Burnett soon invited them to perform at a concert he curated at New York City’s Town Hall. The band’s performance of ‘You Go Down Smooth’ was a crowd and critical favorite, with Rolling Stonecalling the band “unexpected showstoppers.”