Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price on the Band's Latest Album <i>Free Yourself Up</i>

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Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price on the Band's Latest Album Free Yourself Up

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While the band’s Lounge Around Sounds tour has been postponed, Lake Street Dive is planning split-screen quarantine jams, Instagram Q&As, and other digital interactions with fans. It should also be noted that we spoke with Rachael Price prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Lakestreetdive.com.
  • While the band’s Lounge Around Sounds tour has been postponed, Lake Street Dive is planning split-screen quarantine jams, Instagram Q&As, and other digital interactions with fans. It should also be noted that we spoke with Rachael Price prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Lakestreetdive.com.

The laidback earworms of Lake Street Dive's soulful and jazzy, pop-rock sound are fun and bouncy even when they deal with lovelorn subjects surrounding heartbreak and deceit. Their melodic, light-on-their-feet veneer are due in a large part to Rachael Price's soaring, angelic vocals, which give the songs on their latest album, Free Yourself Up, a heartfelt genuineness.

"You realize a point of view is often more shared than you realize—if you are sad, lonely, or heartbroken—there are more people out there who feel the same way," Price says about her music. "So, when you write from your authentic, genuine self, you connect with people."

When hearing Price's voice soar on "Baby Don't Leave Me Alone with My Thoughts" ("This is not about love / I'm not above using you to get me through the night"), and furthermore, when you talk to her, you'd think—or, perhaps, hope—these stories of toxic relationships are just tall tales. Yet, then you start to realize that she's just like you and me. "We're humans, and I don't think we feel the need to mask any thoughts or feelings that aren't necessarily the most attractive," Price says about the song. "It's also worthwhile to bring things to light to identity with everyone else. People can identify with struggling and can identify with not being their best."

Out of struggle comes growth, hopefully, like on the song, "I Can Still Change," in which Price sings: "I am scared that I won't get it right / But fear won't rule my heart tonight." "One of the things we all talk about as individuals is how to be better," she says.

So, what are some ways that Price wants to be better?

Along with the rest of her group, she wants to do her part to fight climate change. It's a pledge that even resides on the front page of the official website for Lake Street Dive. "It's extremely important to our group. We have been making steps to do what we can," Price says. "I think, overall, we choose the lifestyle because there's a sense of being worried we are all not doing enough to fight climate change, and we think its's one of the most important things you can do in your life. We also don't want to feel powerless to what is not changing—we want to feel like we can do something."

But the last thing Price wants to do in her music is to be overtly political. "I think that for us, when we are writing about things that are political—subjects of inequality or oppression—it comes from a place of feeling frustrated about it or wanting to express it in a song, and less a desire to make a political statement."

What does she want people to feel, instead? "The main experience we want people to experience in our live show, is—joyfulness. We want people to have a good time, and we want to make them happy." Therefore, happiness is surely where the heart will be when Lake Street Dive resume their postponed Lounge Around Sounds tour.

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