Lake Trout – Check them out NOW!



Lake Trout formed in 1994 as an improvisational instrumental jazz band. After securing a solid reputation on the local club circuit, vocalist Woody Ranere was added, resulting in a more traditional rock lineup and sound.

One of Baltimore’s true treasures is Lake Trout. No, not the deep-fried fish, but rather, the most talked about and beloved band based in Charm City. Arguably the most innovative band on the East Coast, and quite possibly in the U.S., Lake Trout incorporates live break beats and drum n’ bass elements with jazz, rock, and pop sensibilities for a captivating urban groove. An original and sophisticated sound that they like to call ‘Organica’; that is, a dance-floor groove rooted in the traditional live music presentation, but is not limited in concept or structure, subverting pre-conceived notions regarding musical boundaries. Lake Trout have created a truly unique genre-busting sound and vision that goes beyond the trappings of the standard rock n roll formula. The current Lake Trout sound evolved from their formation as a jazz ensemble. Exploring and remaining open to new music ideas they consciously seek to redefine and reshape their music, successfully transcending categorization, while sustaining a solid and expanding fan base. A growing reputation for their spirited improvisational live performances has led to Lake Trout being one of the East Coast’s most in demand live acts. They have performed alongside such diverse artists as Soul Coughing, John Scofield, Maceo Parker, Sugar Ray, Everlast, and Dieselboy.

As many Lake Trout fans know, Matt, Mike and James are now also part of the group “Unkle Live” (Unkle’s live touring band). James co-wrote the most recent record “End Titles…Stories For Film” and the group has been touring around the world since the release of Unkle’s “War Stories” in the summer of 2007. We are now going to post Unkle’s News and dates on this site in addition to info on anything else Lake Trout related. The Lake Trout live record is still in the works. Sorry it’s taken so long! We’ve been busy!

UNKLE Live’s last North America tour in October 2007 upon the release of their last effort War Stories in 2007 was a huge success, finding their eight-piece band touring the country including a performance at the Vegoose Music Festival where long time fan and collaborator Lupe Fiasco joined the band on stage. This turn, James Lavelle sets off on his own for a seven-date run of exclusive DJ appearances in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles where fans can expect to hear remixes of UNKLE tracks along with other dance floor favorites. Look for UNKLE Live to return to North America in 2009.

Highlights on End Titles…Stories for Film—which garnered a 4 1/2 out-of-5 star review in REMIX magazine–include the full version of “Trouble In Paradise (Variation On A Theme)” from the hugely popular BMW European ad campaign, along with “Heaven” and “Blade in the Back” that are featured on Spike Jonze’s skate video Fully Flared, as well as being the opening and closing title tracks from Odyssey in Rome, the Alex Grazioli documentary about celebrated director Abel Ferrera for which UNKLE provided the entire soundtrack.

The album also covers collaborations with Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, with whom UNKLE worked on the artwork for War Stories. Other tracks are collaborations with Philip Sheppard who recently scored the movie In The Shadow of the Moon, as well as pieces of music created in their Surrender All studio by James and Pablo themselves. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Black Mountain, James Petralli (White Denim), Chris Goss (Masters of Reality, Queen of the Stone Age), Joel Cadbury (South), Gavin Clark, Dave Bateman, James Griffith (from UNKLE’s touring band) and Aidan Lavelle also contributed to End Titles…Stories For Film. \

Some of Unkle’s grand music:



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