By: Spacelab Research Staff
I don't know how they do it, but Jajaguwar Records always digs up these bands that have this distinct Jagjaguwar sound to them. It's a sort of an undefinable background sound, kind of 70's dry prog guitar, but fresh sounding, kind of now.
4AD does the same thing, somehow, a lot this familiar thing to them with Lush and the Pixies and TV On The Radio and Krisitn Hersh. I know they all have their own unique sounds, but there's something collective about their sound. I swear they're putting something in the water.
And so it is with The Besnard Lakes, and their new album The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse. If a Dark Horse ain't the symbol of 70's prog, I don't know what is. And the sound is even more so. Check out the MP3 of And You Lied To Me and play it back really loud and tell me you're not completely rocking out by the end of the song with all of the anthemic guitar soloing and screechy keyboards hammered on your ears over and over again. Who knew that the elements that defined prog as pure cheese in the 70's could sound so good when revisited in 2007? When it's over you'll reach to play it all again.
And now you get to witness the whole thing LIVE, in all its glory, as they're currently touring in the US and Canada before going to Europe. They're stopping at the South By Southwest Music Festival and they'll play most of the US shows with Dirty On Purpose or Helio Sequence.
The Besnard Lakes : Tour Dates 03-06 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Lambi
03-09 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
03-11 - Bloomington, IN - Landlocked Music
03-15 - Austin, TX - South By Southwest
03-16 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
03-19 - Phoenix, AZ - The Paper Heart
03-20 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
03-22 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
03-23 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03-25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03-26 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03-27 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
03-28 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
03-29 - Chicago, IL - Schuba'sTavern
05-16 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
05-19 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - The Social
05-20 - Dublin, Ireland - Wheelans
05-21 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - King Tuts
05-22 - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Barfly
05-23 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Night and Day
05-24 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Thekla
05-25 - London, United Kingdom - Waterats
05-27 - Brussells, Belgium - AB Club
05-28 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso