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Gun Lake / Bio

Gun Lake's songs will haunt you. Heavy on hooks both emotional and melodic, well after your first listen, you may find yourself marching to the persistent bass drum of "June," swaying to the eerie waltz, "Trees," or getting lost in the harmonic beauty of "Stormy Country"—three tracks from Gun Lake's powerfully honest debut album, Balfour.

Songwriter Mark Fain formed Gun Lake in 2009 as an outlet for songs he had composed after his life was shocked into a new trajectory. Since playing their first show in February of 2010, the band has set themselves apart as one of the most arresting acts in the flourishing folk scene of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gun Lake has shared the stage with such notable acts as The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Chris Bathgate, Roadside Graves, 4 On The Floor, Gold Motel, Lord Huron, Timothy Monger, and more.

Influenced by the Brit-rock he grew up on, as well as his love of folk music, Fain's unique and evocative brand of folk-pop is fleshed out with Ryan O'Reilly's electric guitar work, skillful drumming by Max Monson, and bass from University of Michigan School of Music classmate Brian Trahan. While Fain's voice is at the forefront, all other members lend their voices for awe-inspiring harmony.

Balfour, recorded with the prolific Jim Roll at Ann Arbor's Backseat Studios, saw it's release on March 24th, 2011. Taking it's name from an Ontarian lake to which it is as difficult to journey as it is exquisitely beautiful, Balfour documents the dissolution of a relationship with a raw intensity not unlike that which has been exhibited by Okkervil River on Black Sheep Boy and Bon Iver on For Emma. Fain, whose songs came to fruition out of the emotional spectrum of his loss, tackles matters of the heart with ferocity and brutal honesty—the results of which will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt trapped in a nexus of longing and betrayal.

Gun Lake plans to tour throughout 2011. For further press inquiries, downloads, and interviews please contact Mark Fain at gunlakemusic@gmail.com.

"I'm in deep, and I have no intention of trying to get out. I'm trying to dissect the tender heartache, the catharsis, the notion of love and loss, and all the beauty contained therein. And believe me, Balfour has a lot of it." - Gingerbomb, flotzam.com

"There's an operatic quality to Fain's voice that divinely complements his songwriting and lyricism. He uses wordplay elegantly, his voice swelling to set the tone." - Abby Holmes, Radio Free Chicago

"Regal dashes of breezy acoustic guitars and piano chimes present a delicate punch, so evocative, of the warming spring or the chilling autumn, with a voice that slides in nicely along those poignant, mid-to-high, wispy vocalists folk, from Drake to Buckley." - Jeff Milo, Deep Cutz

"no note or phrase seems out of place. Gun Lake does an impressive job of showing what they're made of, all the while keeping the collection grounded as it doesn't overpower or take off more than it should." - Mostly Midwest

"...A masterpiece." - Sounds That Matter

General Info

Band Members
Mark Fain - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Peter Felsman - Drums, Ryan O'Reilly - Guitar/Vocals, Macklin Underdown - Bass/Vocals
Artist Name
Gun Lake
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Folk / Rock / Indie Pop

Contact Info

Ann Arbor, MI