Formed in the winter months of 2015, Lanternfish is one of Washington D.C.’s fastest-rising bands. Combining jazz and blues guitar progressions with metal influenced drums and power rock vocals, the trio is quickly gathering attention in the DC alt-rock scene. Its three members, (Toby Andersen, Gibran Esa, and Rob MacPherson) came together bartending, slinging vodka sodas at the district’s inhabitants. After discovering a mutual adoration of all things heavy, powerful and rock, the three set out to create a new force in the DC music scene. Blending the elements of their favorite genres, the band is a culmination of years of musical experience, talent, drive, and a respect for all those who came before.
With influences such as Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains and the Foo Fighters, Lanternfish delivers a powerfully atmospheric sound that crushes everything in its path. Its masterfully crafted melodies, dynamic rhythms, and profound lyrics bring together many different fans to the tune of one powerful and inspiring musical experience. The band’s debut EP, Forgetfulness, is set to be released in late 2016, and will undoubtedly propel the band to new heights. As the days get colder, the light begins to fade and the year comes to an end, the legend of the Lanternfish is growing. The ice may be thick, but it cannot keep the Lanternfish from rising. Be ready for the day the ice breaks.