“Thrillingly beautiful” – The Sunday Times Culture
“Superb” – Shortlist
“Electrifying” – The Line of Best Fit
“A breezy but surprisingly dense weaving of swooning vocals and rhythmic flows” – Gold Flake Paint
“It’s right up my street, this, I like it a lot” – Greg James, Radio 1 (BBC Introducing Track Of The Week)
Lake Komo have unveiled a brand new single, ‘Weight of Fear and Doubt’ ahead of their forthcoming UK tour. The anthemic and emotionally charged track is out today on Columbia and swiftly follows the band’s summer single ‘Milwaukee’ which was recently added to the Radio 1 playlist as the BBC Introducing track.The news comes as the band puts the finishing touches to their keenly anticipated debut album and the band prepare to embark on a major UK tour. The four piece will be taking their laid-back indie electronica out on the road for a series of UK headline shows this October – opening in Manchester on October 8 and concluding in Scunthorpe on October 29.
Having toured extensively around the North throughout the year so far, Lake Komo will embark on a wider UK headline tour from October, this time taking in London, Swansea, Edinburgh, as well as Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.Speaking about the new track – ‘Weight of Fear and Doubt’, lead singer Jay has shared some insight about the personal lyrics: “Depression is something that visits us all in some form or another. With Weight of Fear and Doubt I wanted to express how it has impacted on me and how I choose to deal with it. It’s a song that tackles a serious subject matter but I wanted to deliver it in a way that makes it as hopeful and positive as possible. I’ve always loved records that you can immediately connect with and sing along to whilst still maintaining an emotional core and that’s what I wanted to achieve with this song.”
Lake Komo’s history is as short and to-the-point as their songs are adventurous, thrilling and tantalising. Lead vocalist and songwriter Jay grew up in Birkenhead in a house filled with CDs – Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder – and with a head full of music and films. Moving to Lancaster to study film at the university, it was only after his second year, in that summer where his relationship ended, that he decided to turn his love of music into something concrete. He wrote some songs, and spent a few months playing any open mic night in any pub he could find. Just one man and his guitar…and his vocoder.
“It drew attention in negative and positive ways,” he cheerfully admits of a gadget he uses more soulfully than Kanye West and less robotically than Daft Punk. “I like the idea of being divisive. I’d rather people loved or hated you rather than be stuck in-between”One gig-goer who loved it was local drummer Liam Maxwell. He introduced Jay to two musician friends, keyboard player Jess Gould and bass player Peter Bentley. Within a week of hearing one of Jay’s earliest demos, Jess had decided to quit her music production course in Leeds, and Lake Komo were formed.An old-fashioned major label scramble followed and publishing was equally speedily forthcoming, a deal struck with the team who discovered Royal Blood.With stadium-sized ambitions, Lake Komo are determined to keep control of all aspects of their burgeoning profile, maintaining an exciting DIY aesthetic that runs through everything from their art to their tours.
In any downtime off the road, Lake Komo have been busy working on their debut album with Cam Blackwood, the fast-rising producer acclaimed for his work on George Ezra’s best-selling debut ‘Wanted On Voyage’. They call Blackwood the band’s fifth member. “We want to make thoughtful & emotionally deep music that’s got something to say – but at the same time we all love the immediacy of pop music, and Cam understands that balance” explains Jay. As the band have progressed from their humble acoustic beginnings, so too has their live set. Their recent EP, ‘Ritual’ (out now on Columbia), showcases expansive, bold arrangements; lush electronic soundscapes act as an impressive backdrop for their emotionally driven songs and soulful vocals which instantly resonate with audiences who are falling for their coastal indie pop sound.
The band recorded ‘Milwaukee’ on Columbia Records over the summer and it has been recently added to the Radio 1 playlist. The track is one of the first the band ever wrote together and explores a break-up frontman Jay Nudd experienced one university summer not too long ago and the emotional trials and tribulations that followed.They’ve only just begun, but Lake Komo are getting the songs very right.