Named “your new favorite band” by Washed Up Emo, Lakes is a six piece indie group based out
of Watford, UK. Founded by drummer and writer, Matt Shaw, Lakes have evolved immensely
over the past four years. Maturing from a mini, bedroom side-project to a fully fleshed out math
rock group, they continue to grow in groundbreaking new ways.
After releasing multiple EP’s and a debut full length, the group has gained high remarks from the
likes of Punktastic, Ian Cohen, Alt Press and more. Now joining forces with Know Hope Records
and Big Scary Monsters, Lakes will be releasing their sophomore album, Start Again, on July
During the tail end of 2019, Lakes began writing. As one of the band’s first collaborative efforts
as a six piece group, the addition of singer, glockenspiel/synth player Blue Jenkins and bassist
Charlie Smith propel the record to new heights. Start Again features profound melodies,
improved basslines, and poppy choruses. Creating their own unique blend of prolific math rock
and captivating pop, Lakes turn traditional, twinkly emo inside out.
Recorded over the course of nine months and various lockdowns, Start Again became
somewhat a vehicle of healing for the group. It explores various themes. From mental health to
addiction, from break ups to cutting out toxic friends, it’s a record of self progression and coming
out on the other side alive. Produced and mixed by Neil Strauch (Owen, Owls, Joan Of Arc,
Slow Mass, etc), it’s more than just some quarantine record. Start Again is a testament of the
human condition, “It’s about being at peace and moving forward, and saying that it’s actually OK
to Start Again (-Roberto Cappellina)”.
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