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Local indie rockers the Lighthouse and the Whaler have had a great year. Earlier this year, they released a remix EP that includes Savoir Adore’s terrific remix of the single "Venice." The Savoir Adore remix loops a few more vocals into the mix and adds some bleeps and blips that give the song a bit more texture. The EP also includes remixes by Chancellor Warhol and Adam Snow as well as an acoustic version of "Venice." “Basically, the remix was built around the song ‘Venice,’ and for some reason that song exploded,” says singer-guitarist Michael LoPresti. “It was just organically growing. People had been doing remixes of that song on their own. I had this idea to do a remix EP. We wanted to give the song its time. We went through all the remixes that people did of ‘Venice.’ I listen to the Adam Snow remix all the time.” Originally featured on the 2012 release This Is An Adventure, "Venice" has gotten more than 2.5 million plays on Spotify.
The band also spent the year touring in support of fellow indie rocker Matt Pond PA. “It was amazing,” LoPresti says of the tour. “We finally have a national following. It’s gratifying to see some many people coming out.” The group is in the process of recording a new album due out in 2015. The guys have been writing songs since the summer and have completed 13 songs. “We’re hoping to put a few tracks out early before the album actually drops,” says LoPresti. “We’ve been doing demos at [the local studio] Bad Racket. I think this record is a maturation record. We learned so much about the music industry. We learned about each other as band mates. It’s a culmination of all that stuff. All of that comes to a head really. The songs are personal and reflect this idea of growing up. It parallels our lives.” The band will go to Montreal in January and February to record a new full-length album with producer Marcus Paquin (Stars, Local Natives, Arcade Fire). Fans can get a sneak preview of the album on Saturday when the group plays at the Grog Shop. It plans to play the album in its entirety.