When we last checked in with indie rockers Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, they were busy tearing up the local scene in Nashville — not the easiest city in which to stand out from the musically talented crowd. But this foursome doesn’t know how to be normal, even if it’s Nashville’s hyperactive sense of normal.
So much is apparent after just one listen to the band’s new Bemidji EP, a high-energy, hip-swinging effort that started kicking our asses when we premiered lead single “Get Mine” last month. The EP’s other four tracks are just as unrelentingly catchy, recalling The Black Keys at their most melodic. This is barroom music to which you want to make bad decisions; there are even some regret-tinged ballads that pair well with a good cry at last call. The only problem? The whole thing’s over in the time it takes to down a cheap beer.
If you ask Ellsworth and co., though, you could always supplement it with their last LP. “To us, this EP feels like an extension of our album Kid Tiger,” they explain. “The songs were recorded in the same way, at the same studios, with the same people.”
The EP gets its tongue-twisting name from the small Minnesota town in which the band spent a “blurry” week recording. “We just holed up there and wrote for five or six hours a day,” recalls Ellsworth. “I love that these songs showcase a few different sides of the band, including a couple of slower tracks that I’m really proud of.” One such track is epic closer “The Line”, a twinkling piano number that stands out from anything the band has done before.
Not ones to relent, The Great Lakes have already returned to the studio to work on their next full-length album. In the meantime, you’ll have to satiate yourself with the Bemidji EP. The EP drops officially on March 11th, but you can stream it in full below.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes 2016 Tour Dates:
03/13 – Nashville, TN @ Lightning 100 Sunday Night at 3rd & Lindsley *
03/15-20 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
* = w/ Myzica (EP Release)