Clear Out the Icicles With Lounge On Fire at The Winter Social
The annual event at Neurolux is a hot ticket
January often seems longer than it really is, the days shrouded in cold and clouds, the hours slowly galumphing along. If you want to kick this month in its ponderous ass, you can go out and shake yours with local band Lounge on Fire at its third annual Winter Social on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Neurolux.
“We are pulling out all the stops this year,” said LOF vocalist Nathan Norton.
Putting on a high-energy, memorable, and close-to-flawless-as-possible live show is at the crux of LOF’s creed, so after shows in Canada, the Pacific Northwest and here at home, the seven-piece funk/jazz/rock collective took some time off to prepare for this event, which started in 2017 as a way to celebrate a new release, while also putting on a great show and providing a night of fun in the dead of winter.
“The Winter Social is really important to us,” said bassist Josh Gilmore.
Members Kevan Ash (trombone), Joe Johnson (trumpet), Matt Patterson (saxophone), Wade Ronsse (drums) and Alan Schwaderer (keyboard/guitar) nodded in agreement, with Ronsse adding, “We’re entertainers. It’s what we do.”
The work the bandmates put into their shows has clearly resonated with people, garnering LOF a fervent fanbase. It’s widespread, too, though, which means there are a lot of people who may not often get to see LOF live and have to rely on releases to get their fix. However, because of the high standard band members set for LOF, finishing an album—or even a song—takes a while. Norton had some good news on that front, though.
“We have a single recorded,” he said. “We’ve sent it back to the mixing table 10 or 11 times, so it’s almost ready,” he added, laughing.
Titled “All Night,” the idea behind the single is quintessential LOF.
“It’s a party song,” Norton said, “but it’s also about gluttony and excess and learning how to function.”
The band hopes to release three singles with three videos in the near-ish future, but until then you can hear LOF’s uncanny ability to combine reflections on the human spirit with booty-shakin’ music during a live in-studio performance at 4 p.m. on Radio Boise. Then watch them take it to a whole other level at the Winter Social, where they’ll be joined by Tyler Walker adding eye-popping visuals, and Moscow-based psych-rock group Mother Yeti and fellow seven-piece rockers Dirty Revival out of Portland opening. DJ IGA will close out the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. And it’s going to be hot.