Melbourne five-piece Loon Lake piqued our interest with a debut EP of vibrant, guitar pop last year, and they don’t deviate far from the formula on its follow-up, 33. Among the six tracks are two singles, ‘Bad To Me’ and ‘Cherry Lips’. The former is tight and playful indie rock, while the latter is about the kinds of ingredients you’d expect from a good night out (Dancing! Clapping!).

The group’s use of layered guitars along with Sam Nolan’s vocals (a mix of rough, rock howl and passionate whine) certainly add to the band’s appeal. But this is also heavily mined territory, meaning that comparisons to everyone from The Strokes to Last Dinosaurs will be inevitable, if not apt. While the music is rather simple, the execution and the underlying promises of unabashed fun ensures that that Loon Lake will provide a solid soundtrack to warmer days and nights.

Originally published on 27 September 2012 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/33815/Loon-Lake–33

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