North Lakes – Emerging Artist Spotlight

North Lakes
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October  30 2012 – Very few things are as exciting as finding something new you love. Much like archeologists that dig to find hidden treasures, we here at T-Mak World really enjoy trying to find new bands that we love. Once we find such bands, we approach our favourites to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a band from Charlottetown PEI named North Lakes. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better. The description on North Lakes’ website reads:

Charlottetown rock-and-rollers North Lakes build on the energetic alt-rock of their debut Cobra that earned them a 2011 Music PEI Award for Best Alternative Album with their new release, Grand Prix. With Grand Prix, the band has broadened their influences of ‘60s pop and garage rock. Through both vivid lyrical imagery and a colossal roar of musicality, the group emanates raw power on this record while driving their concise and well-authored songs.
Here is what they had to say to us:
Hey North Lakes, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
North Lakes:
Nathan Gill: Lead vocals/guitar
Mike Carver: Drums
Roger Carter: Organs
Chris Robison: Guitar
Christopher Francis: Bass
How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
North Lakes: We grew out of the boredom that surrounded the winter of 2009.
Who are some of your musical influences?
North Lakes: They’re quite vast, but I would say we’ve thought a lot about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Television, The Velvet Underground, Townes Van Zant, Elvis Costello and Supergrass
So based on the above how would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
North Lakes: High energy, lyric-driven rock and roll.
Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them on any given night?
Nathan: I’m not sure if I know of another band that sounds like us. I don’t mean that to be arrogant, or something. Rather, I’m deliberating on the point. I don’ think I’ve heard one yet. Maybe you can come, watch us, and help me figure this out.
What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
Nathan: “You’re sure that it must be impaired, not your tightened bow who is among ignorant men” from Copernicus, Copernicus. I like how, with relatively few words, that says a lot about the character in the song. I also like the Yeats reference and how the last bit can be seen as a question that is answered by the chorus.

North Lakes

What does the rest of 2012 and 2013 hold for you?
Mike: We’ll be doing some writing, touring, video-making and, hopefully, more recording. Also, we’re going to head to  ECMA, CMW, and a few other festivals through 2013.
Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig?
Nathan: I would like to open for The Beatles when they were in Germany.
Mike:  Wilco in any Country.
What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
Mike: What are the upcoming winning lottery numbers you ask?  Artists are working more and more directly with fans. Crowdsourced funding is not a new idea, but is rather popular right now. This internet fad is really getting going, I’m interested to see where that takes us. We might get a Myspace tomorrow. I think it’s most important to keep making good music, getting great gigs, touring, and getting your music into the hands of fans.
Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Mike: iTunes, Bandcamp, and live shows. You can also email us your address and we can work out arrangements to mail you a physical copy
At the end of 2011 we did our picks for top 10 albums of2011. What album do you think we should include in our top 10 albums of 2012 article? 
Nathan: It’s tough to narrow it down, there have been a lot of great albums this year. I would suggest both Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas and Tame Impala’s Lonerism.
North Lakes

Any closing remarks for our readers?

Nathan: ¡Hasta pronto!
Mike: Nathan recently returned from studying in Spain. (see above)
Thanks so much to North Lakes. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing the following dates/times:
NOV 1 @ Dalhousie T-Room, HALIFAX
NOV 3 @ Hunter’s Ale House, CHARLOTTETOWN
NOV 6 @ Horseshoe Tavern, TORONTO
NOV 7 @ Zaphod Beeblebrox, OTTAWA
NOV 8 @ This Ain’t Hollywood, HAMILTON
NOV 9 @ London Music Hall, LONDON (w/ Young Rival and The Elwins)
NOV 10 @ Groove’s Records, LONDON * Acoustic In-Store
NOV 10 @ Phog Lounge, WINDSOR
The band’s website is and as you would expect they are on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime check out their video below from YouTube.
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