Band/Artist Name: Lanternfish

Recommended if you like: Audioslave, Deftones, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumkpins, Dark New Day, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Story behind your band/artist name: So "Lanternfish" is the name of a song Toby, our singer and bassist wrote years ago. When we first began playing music and writing together he brought us the song and we adapted it for the full band, as it was originally an acoustic tune. After played it the first time, we really loved it. It rocked, hard. At the time we were debating band names as the one we wanted, Cast, was already taken. So one of use (we cant remember who) said "Hey, Lanternfish (the name of the song) is actually a really awesome band name" and thus Lanternfish was born. It has informed our music and writing approach and means more to us than just being a name. Lanternfish defines us, our music and our performance. Come check it out, you'll be blown away.

Band Members: Toby Andersen - Vocals and Bass, Gibran Esa - Guitars and effects, and Robert MacPherson, Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We are Washington DC based. We all met, bartending at a bar in Glover Park. Rob and Gibran went to AU at the same time and Toby is a DMV area native, as is Gibran.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We all bartend at a local bar in Glover Park (can you find which one?) - Town Hall. 

Toby has a very special tattoo that was designed by a good friend of ours, and is also the symbol of our band

We played our first show a little over a year ago at the Velvet Lounge, where we met Pablo, who is now the lead guitarist in Black Dog Prowl. That concert spurred an enduring friendship and many collaborations since.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We are currently finishing our debut EP, titled "Forgetfulness". The first track off the EP is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp. It is called "Lanternfish".

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instagram at @lanternfishdc

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Noise Rock, Hard Rock, Atmospheric