Band excited for return to Bendigo

VICTORIAN band Loon Lake will return to Bendigo two years after playing Groovin the Moo.

"We were still young and raw back then," guitarist and singer Simon Nolan said.

"We're from country Victoria so we're looking forward to (GTM). I don't think we've been back to Bendigo since, so we are definitely keen to get back there."

Loon Lake has been touring heavily since releasing its debut album Gloamer in October.

"We did a tour straight after, then we did Big Day Out and now Groovin the Moo," Nolan said.

"The tours have backed up but people are really liking the new tracks which is always good to see."

Nolan said the band have been playing together for four years.

"We've paid our dues and with a few songs behind us we have a bit more of a proper following," he said.

"It's important to step up our live shows. We can't go out to a gig half-assed because there's more people watching you."

After getting signed to an independent record label, Loon Lake made sure it kept working hard.

"Anyone successful in any field works hard, it’s that simple," Nolan said.

"Whatever the field, to be the best, you push hard."

The hard work resulted in Loon Lake being on the same line-up as Nolan's favourite band - Pearl Jam.

"It was a real eye opener. I watched them four times and they blew me away every time," Nolan said.

"They were consummate professionals. You can tell by the way he speaks in his live shows that Eddie Vedder is a genuine person who cares about his fans and his music.

"There was no bullshit, no fakeness. He has kept his classic ideals about the fans and that’s important."

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