With over 100,000 kilometres of highway, railroad and sky behind him, McGrath continues to blaze an impassioned trail of music that finds a sound and voice somewhere between punk rock, country, folk and rock and roll. Taking him to locations as geographically diverse as Reykjavik, Palma de Majorca, Warsaw, and everywhere in between, McGrath and his guitar represent a new dawn of singer-songwriting that’s injected with the raw, fierce energy of punk rock: not in the sense of an acoustic performer hollering at the top of his lungs to simulate the energy of a full band, but instead something more rooted in a passionate commitment to your craft and a blind and zealous determination to your vision, wrapped in a sonic texture as rough as the road itself.
Lake Forest was named after a number of places encountered through personal experiences. One being the name of a lonely road near my family’s cottage in northern Ontario that I constantly returned to throughout childhood and recurring dreams. Another was the city in Dave Egger’s novel ‘A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius.’ I wanted a name that evoked a place more than it would a person or individual, also giving space for the band to either be just myself or accompanied by other players. The live set up of musicians could then vary depending on the songs being played.