LAKE brings soft rock, harmonies to Bayview

For returning Langley residents Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson, Whidbey Island is a place of inspiration. After touring throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan with their band LAKE, the husband wife have circled back to the island to continue their work.

Eli Moore looks on as his wife and fellow bandmate Ashley Eriksson swings in their backyard. Moore and Eriksson will perform with their band

For returning Langley residents Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson, Whidbey Island is a place of inspiration. After touring throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan with their band LAKE, the husband wife have circled back to the island to continue their work.

Originating in Olympia, the band includes music from Moore, Eriksson, Andrew Dorsett and Markly Morrison. They have produced seven albums, including two just this last year, “Circular Doorway”and “The World is Real.”

The band will be playing for an all-ages performance next Thursday, May 15, at Bayview Hall for the first time in three years. The performance is a day before LAKE heads to the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett.

LAKE has been together for eight years and has roots on Whidbey as well as Olympia. The music is a soft-rock sound with hushed vocals and harmonies, Eriksson said.

Both she and Moore take the lead in writing original songs for group.

“We’re coming at songs in a very human way and are always trying new things — we’re exploratory,” Moore said. “Not one album sounds like another.”

That can also be said for the way the group approaches music. The group has their own take on musical chairs, often changing who performs each instrument.

“We’re multi-instrumental, with no rules,” Moore said.

Moore said he admires music that gets him excited. He is inspired by musicians who are ahead of their time and who have struggled with success, but also stayed true to their vision.

“People that stay with what they’re doing despite what the audience is telling them to do,” he said. “That’s a big part of the music we listen to.”

Eriksson said one of the things that makes the band special is how much they support each member creatively. She said being part of the band is like being part of a family.

Celeste Erickson / The Record | Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore listen to music in their recording studio in Langley. The two recently moved back to the South End after living in Olympia.

Eriksson has known all of the members the longest and said they are all on the same page creatively.

“We’re dedicated to music and art,” she said. “As we support each other, we become stronger.”

Moore echoed that sentiment, saying keeping a band together for as long as they have requires balance in the relationship.

“We’re all sensitive to each other’s feelings — no one has an ego,” he said. “We also apologize a lot to each other.”

Moore continued, saying at this point it’s easy for band members to identify good songs to be part of their work.

“I hope we can stay together and morph as aging musicians,” Eriksson said. “Whatever that becomes.”

Eriksson hopes the audience has fun experiencing the many layers to the songs.

“It’s not just one aesthetic,” she said. “We like to communicate with people through music.”

Moore hopes their sound takes the audience through an emotional arc with new and old songs. He also hopes the band continues to grow as songwriters.

“That’s our biggest job in the band is going new places with our songs and developing in that way,” he said.

 

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