Interview: Lake Street Dive on Obviously, writing styles and women’s rights

Lake Street Dive

Formed through Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music in the 2000s, Lake Street Dive has been a staple in the soul-rock scene, distinguished by their jazz prowess and genre transcendence. They hit the big time with their singles “Good Kisser” and “Rich Girl” from their 2018 album Free Yourself Up, only to back it up with their latest collection, Obviously.

This seventh studio album is far from obvious. It covers topics including womanhood, the world ending, toying with relationships and teenage self-image; as well as bringing on board producer extraordinaire Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem, 21 Pilots) to push their sonic repertoire.

Obviously is also the first offering to feature the band’s newest official member, Akie Bermiss, who’s been a touring member on keys with the group since 2017. Joining Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (bass) and Mike Calabrese (drums), Akie is the most credited member in the songwriting process for this album.

I sat down with Rachael to talk through the process of putting this album together, writing style techniques across the band and shared experiences for women.

Obviously is OUT NOW.

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Main image credit: Shervin Lainez

Tait McGregor