In late 2013 Lake Street Dive dind themselves on the cusp of stardom. The band has been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson's "I Want You Back," shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public's attention - its You Tube views now hurtling past a million.
What has followed is a modern day music success story with the bands fan base multiplying exponentially and the band playing to sell out crowds everywhere they go. The new album, Bad Self Portraits, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive's evolution of the band from "a weird alt-country jazz group" to a pop-soul juggernaut, that includes '60s influences like Brill Building girl groups, British Invasion rock, horn-driven Stax R&B, Motown soul and even The Band-like gospel blues.
All four members of the band take part in the writing. The first single and title track is a wry commentary on how those selfie iPhone photos are just a cover for loneliness, but it could also refer song a Polaroid glimpse of a band that is constantly evolving.
„Es klingt umwerfend, wie dieses Quartett mit schnarrendem Kontrabass, fetziger Trompete, Piano und verzerrter Gitarre - ohne jegliche Nostalgie! - die großen Zeiten von Girl Group Pop, Soul und Brill Building-Klassik auferstehen lässt.“ (Stereo, Juni 2014)
„Dem Quartett (...) ist mit seinem dritten Studioalbum BAD SELF PORTRAITS erneut ein großer Wurf gelungen.“ (musikexpress, Juni 2014)