Singer Michael LoPresti formed the local indie rock outfit the Lighthouse and the Whaler in 2008, and the group quickly received national attention. The band’s debut EP, A Whisper, A Clamor, caught the attention of an editor at the hipster-approved music magazine Paste. A track from that record eventually showed up on a sampler CD that the magazine released in 2009.
The band’s 2012 album, This Is An Adventure, helped it break onto the national scene, and “I Want to Feel Alive,” the single from the next album, Mont Royal, landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and would go on to amass over five million streams.
Now, the group has just released “Brothers,” an anthemic tune that features a soaring string arrangement. Produced by Marcus Paquin (Local Natives, Arcade Fire, the National), the single comes from a four-song EP that'll lead into the release of a brand new full-length album due out in November.
“I think for me the song has always been important; we played it a lot live and it evolved as we tried it out on different audiences,” says LoPresti in a press release. “It was one of the first songs we wrote for Mont Royal, oddly enough it didn’t make the record but it was hugely influential on all the songs that came to be on Mont Royal. I think the song’s sentiment is pretty important right now; we all need each other and we need to figure out how to do that together. The song wasn’t written for current circumstances, but I think it carries a lot of meaning in this moment in time.”
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Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]