Side Pony

Side Pony

by Lake Street Dive


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Centered on the warm, highly resonant vocals of Rachael Price, Boston's Lake Street Dive began their career as an eclectic, adventurous quartet just as likely to play a twangy, Fleetwood Mac song or a Hall & Oates cover as any of their own soulful, jazz- and R&B-influenced originals. However, since their 2010 eponymous debut, Lake Street Dive, which also features guitarist/trumpeter Mike Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese, have streamlined their approach, whittling their influences down to a handful of touchstones from guitar-soaked Southern rock to buoyant, dance-oriented old-school R&B. On the group's fifth full-length album and Nonesuch Records debut, 2016's Side Pony, they've honed their sound even further, zeroing in on a vintage-inspired, '60s soul aesthetic. Named after Kearney's hairstyle, and serving as an easy metaphor for the group's unpredictable creative choices, Side Pony was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb, who has previously worked with the likes of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings, and others. Purportedly, Cobb requested the band come to the sessions with song sketches, rather than fully composed pieces. Furthermore, he encouraged them to crate dive for vintage LPs from which to draw inspiration, a process that may have led the band to sample Major Lance's rare 1978 Motown-side "Love Pains" for their '70s disco-era soul-sounding track "Can't Stop." While there is plenty to admire about how closely Lake Street Dive hew to their vintage-sounding paradigm, they do take some interesting side-steps on their retro journey, jumping into the Beatles-meets-Janis Joplin-sounding "I Don't Care About You," and kicking out the jams on the fuzz-toned, psych-soul anthem "Hell Yeah." Ultimately, hooks abound on Side Pony and cuts like "Godawful Things," "Call Off Your Dogs," and "How Good It Feels," with their shimmery, echo-chamber, AM Radio vibe, stick in your head about as much as many of the classic sides they are attempting to match.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2016
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597948967
catalogNumber: 551913
Rank: 23245

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lake Street Dive   Primary Artist
Emily Lichter   Hand Clapping
Dave Cobb   Acoustic Guitar,Hand Clapping,Vocoder
Rachael Price   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocoder,Group Member
Mike Calabrese   Organ,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Triangle,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shaker,screams,Vocal Percussion,Group Member
Bridget Kearney   Organ,Bass,Piano,Electric Bass,Celeste,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Acoustic Bass,screams,Group Member
Mike "McDuck" Olson   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Trumpet,Celeste,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,fender rhodes,screams,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jesse Boyce   Composer
Sanchez Harley   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Dave Cobb   Producer
Rachael Price   Composer
Lake Street Dive   Liner Notes
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Mike Calabrese   Composer
Bridget Kearney   Composer
Mike "McDuck" Olson   Composer
Eddie Spear   Engineer
Ron Cabiltes   Sample Clearance

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