November 03, 2014

Cooler by the Lake: Summer's Over

Chicago ensemble Cooler by the Lake is like an all-you-can-eat restaurant, provided you order a dish that was huge in the Seventies. Fronted by singer Rory Lake, a promoter who hosts raucous karaoke bars, the band touches base with Eric Burdon & War, early Van Halen, Alice Cooper, the Tubes, Genesis ca. 1976 and radio-friendly punk.

Summer's Over is a concept album of sorts - about a musician who wants to make a concept album - but first and foremost it's a bunch a songs that celebrates classic rock before it became a genre. Best enjoyed in the company of good friends and a sufficient supply of choice beverages.

Cooler by the Lake:
Johnny "Jingles" McCann: flute, sax
Chad Lee Pepper: guitar
Eddie Waters: bass
Teri Fountaine: keys
Brad "The Wiz" Wyzowski: guitar
J.M. San Miguel: drums
Rory Lake: vocals
Lionel Fripp: keys
Wendy Ann Lisa: vocals

Summer's Over is a self-released album. Buy it from their website.

  1. Puddin' Pop
  2. Kirby Come Back
  3. Lady Touché
  4. Cyberian Rainbow
  5. Fight Me With A Stick
  6. That's Incredible
  7. Singing Along With The Riff
  8. Not Innocent
  9. Heroes In Jeans
  10. What Can I Say

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