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Summer's Over

by Cooler by the Lake

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Puddin' Pop 04:31
Lady Touché 05:38
Not Innocent 05:27


The 2nd, more legit, studio album by Chicago's purveyors of genre-bending, radioactive rock, Cooler by the Lake. Dedicated to the memory of Cooler's dearly departed bass player, Conrad Shore. Available on limited-edition clear blue vinyl (100 copies) and CD.

"Summer’s Over...puts Cooler by the Lake in the same camp as Tenacious D and The Lonely Island; this is smart satire that doesn’t skimp on the music."– RadioOneChicago.com (WLUW)

"Sounds like somebody pissed off The Cars." – Grumpy from Sweet Cobra

"These songs, performed by a 9-person ensemble, are ambitious aims at arena rock while striving for the intricacy of your finely nuanced stereo headphone listening pleasure. It's a combination of Bruce Springsteen and Jim Steinman that explodes out of the speakers when you drop the needle to record here. Live, Lake and his cohorts often adopt a goofy and over-the-top visual look to accompany their performance, but at its heart there's nothing silly about the music at all. In the end Summer's Over is an honest attempt at building rock and roll anthems and we're not going to snicker at that, especially since it succeeds in achieving that goal." – Tankboy at Chicagoist.com – Full review: chicagoist.com/2014/09/05/q.php

Though there’s goofs and gags in these grooves (one song deconstructing rock singing recalls the Team America “Montage” tune), this is a band that is not only serious about rock, it’s serious about the subject matter, which is often rock, but also covers a kind of poignant nostalgia for summer, distant friends, youthful idealism…and rock. Rory never doesn’t try to sing his best (well, maybe he’s goofing on that “lick the stick” song, but that’s an outlier) and all that adds up to one of my favorite rock n roll albums in a long stretch. Lick that stick, Steel Panther! roctoberreviews.blogspot.com/2015/12/cooler-by-lake-summers-over.html


released August 5, 2014

Rory Lake – Lead Vocals
J.M. San Miguel – Drums
Brad "The Wiz Wyzowski – Guitar, 12-string Acoustic
Eddie Waters – Bass
Chad Lee Pepper – Guitar
Johnny "Jingles" McCann – Flute, Saxophone
Teri Fountaine – Synthesizer, Piano, Toy Piano
Nigel Fripp – Hammond B3, Wulitzer, Mellotron, Minimoog, Rhodes, Korg MS20

The Lakeside Singers – Wendy Ann Lisa, Cheryl Wilson, Jaye

All horn arrangements by Johnny "Jingles" McCann
Randall F. Daniels – Trombone
Sam Johnson – Trumpet
Background vocals on "What Can I Say" by Hawk Colman

Executive producer: Rory Lake
Produced and mixed by John Hiler
Basic tracks recorded by John Zwierzko at Johnny Z's Riverside Resort, McHenry, Ill.
Vocals and overdubs recorded by John Hiler at Pieholden Suite Studio, Chicago, Ill.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Dave McNair
Illustration by Max Brown
All songs by Cooler by the Lake ©2014
Mustache in the Mirror (ASCAP)
This album is a Rory Lake Presents release (info at rorylakepresents dot com)

Press contact: august@novo.net


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Cooler by the Lake Chicago, Illinois

Fronted by the unmistakable Rory Lake, host of Chicago's infamous Karaoke Dreams. Cooler by the Lake is a 9-car thrill ride through rock 'n roll's peaks 'n valleys.

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