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Start AgainLakes

Watford, UK's rockers Lakes will release their sophomore LP titled "Start Again" on July 30th, 2021 via Know Hope Records and Big Scary Monsters. Combing elements of indie, emo, alternative rock, twinkly math rock and post rock with pop structure, Lakes have already released the first two single from the forthcoming LP, which showcase a nice progression for the band and can be streamed below.

Named “your new favorite band” by Washed Up Emo, Lakes is a six piece indie group based out of Watford, UK. Founded by drummer and writer, Matt Shaw, Lakes have evolved immensely over the past four years. Maturing from a mini, bedroom side-project to a fully fleshed out math rock group, they continue to grow in groundbreaking new ways.


After releasing multiple EP’s and a debut full length, the group has gained high remarks from the likes of Punktastic, Ian Cohen, Alt Press and more. Now joining forces with Know Hope Records and Big Scary Monsters, Lakes will be releasing their sophomore album, Start Again, on July 30th.


During the tail end of 2019, Lakes began writing. As one of the band’s first collaborative efforts as a six piece group, the addition of singer, glockenspiel/synth player Blue Jenkins and bassist Charlie Smith propel the record to new heights. Start Again features profound melodies, improved basslines, and poppy choruses. Creating their own unique blend of prolific math rockand captivating pop, Lakes turn traditional, twinkly emo inside out.


Recorded over the course of nine months and various lockdowns, Start Again became somewhat a vehicle of healing for the group. It explores various themes. From mental health toaddiction, from break ups to cutting out toxic friends, it’s a record of self progression and coming out on the other side alive. Produced and mixed by Neil Strauch (Owen, Owls, Joan Of Arc, Slow Mass, etc), it’s more than just some quarantine record. Start Again is a testament of the human condition, “It’s about being at peace and moving forward, and saying that it’s actually OK to Start Again (-Roberto Cappellina)”.

Start Again album artPurchaseJuly 30th, 2021