1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
A teacher, mental health nurse, music student, IT consultant and a NHS buyer walked into a bitterly cold rehearsal space in chepstow in the winter of 2018 and everything simply fell into place. On paper it shouldn’t have worked, but some how it did. You could tell it was right, from the smiles on everyones faces.
BLACK LAKES could be described broadly as ‘an alternative rock and metal band’ but that doesn’t do our music justice. We bring together all our influences from pop to contemporary Peruvian death jazz and beyond to create music that is from our heart, speaks of the dark and ills of the world yet conveys a message of hope.
Our name is inspired by the story of a rural community which was was flooded to provide fresh water for the industry. It is yet another example of the human race doing what it likes without consequence.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Will Preston - Lead Vocal
Scott Bradshaw- Guitar/Vocals
Dylan Geoffery - Guitar
Lee Harris- Bass
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Our Eternal gratitude to the men and women who are making a positive difference to the world in this crazy time.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
At the moment, three of us are still working and we hook up on line after work to continue with preparation for creating our first album. The songs are ready and we’re in discussions with graphic artists, merch makers, PR companies and distributers in expectation of debut release.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
We've played Le Pub on the 4th of January,The Fleece on the 5th of January and are playing Fuel Rock club on 10th April for M2TM which is part of Bloodstock Festival and we are actively booking gigs and festivals for 2020. Watch the socials and head to www.blacklakes.com for the latest information and tour dates but the Corvid-19 virus has really messed up our touring plans.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
All I can say is don’t fall asleep or get to wasted on the bus. Otherwise its human buckaroo time and anything goes.
To be honest, there is always good banter between us as band mates and we never take it too far. Honest!
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Black Lakes formed from the ashes of electro/rock outfit ‘ECHOLOUNGE’ (Scott Bradshaw and Lee Harris), balls to the wall rock band ‘THE PASSENGER’ (James Rowlands) rock/synth group of ‘HER DARK EMBRACE’ (Will S Preston) and NWORAM band ‘REVIVAL’ (Dafydd Fuller).
We’ve come to a point where we greater than the sum of our parts, bring our style and influences to make the music that is Black Lakes.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
I live to perform and play live. I feel the most alive when I’m on stage. ‘The hump’ (moving amps and gear) is my least favourite part of being in a band.
9. If you were a super-hero, what would your power be?
Easy. I’d have Dr Manhattan’s powers. This guy (God) has super crazy mad power.
I’ve always loved the Watchmen graphic novels and Dr Manhattan character and story arc is amazing.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Practice as much as you can
Emulate your heroes until you become good enough to stand on your own
Enjoy it and try to make the coolest thing you can make right now
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, NIN, QOTSA
Alice in Chains, Tool, Radiohead, NIN, SOAD
HIM, Evanescence, Deftones, Incubus, Korn
Tool, Black Sabbath, Gojira, Rush
Acid bath, Iron monkey, Turbonegro, Electric wizard,
Uncle acid and the dead beat
12. What is the craziest thing you have ever received from a fan?
Best thing we’ve received include hand written notes of thanks and hand drawn portraits of the band. All interaction with people we connect with is cool, is appreciated and it really lifts our spirits
13. What song means the most to you and why?
I would have to say Ghosts [of our memories], recorded and produced by Romesh Dondangoda of Longwave studios (BMTH/BFMV), is our latest single and “Ghosts” represents the personal struggle endured by the BLACK LAKES family around miscarriage, loss and the physical and emotional turmoil that follows The writing process really helped us through some spiritual and physical dark times as individuals and as a band.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
We would like to personally thank every single one of you who have listened to, watched, downloaded, commented, liked or shared any part of Black Lakes journey so far. We will forever be and continue to be, truly grateful to each and every one of you.
We’re constantly in awe that people want to reach out and share their stories, their love and passion for Black Lakes and our music. Having fan art and positive message sent to us inspires a positive energy around the band that we can reflect back.
Music has had a massive impact on our lives and it would be amazing to think that for one moment, we could emulate the bands that inspired us and go on to inspire others.
Thank you for taking your time to listen to us, checking us out and supporting us on our socials, we really appreciate it. We're back in the studio in 2020 and will be releasing our debut album in 2020.
Check out their latest video!