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The Besnard Lakes Live And Loud at Club Lambi

Posted by MP / March 7, 2007

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Ask anybody and they’ll agree. The Besnard Lakes sound like Pink Floyd, they channel Brian Wilson, and they are the new Arcade Fire.

Except they don’t, and they aren’t. I know this because I saw them live at Club Lambi last night. The Besnard Lakes are a very different creature than all of the bands that they are compared to, but I can see why people are quick to judge. The Besnard Lakes live and The Besnard Lakes recorded are two very different animals.

They really are animals; don’t let the sweet melodies and soothing voice of Jace Lasek fool you. This band will hit you, hard, and in the face. You won’t even see it coming. You’ll be gently swaying from side to side, like the weird, middle-aged guy standing in front of you; thinking how wonderful and nice this all is. And before you know what’s happening they’ve built their sound into a ten-story brick building and it’s falling on you, it’s falling on the entire crowd. Hipsters and scenesters are diving for cover. That girl in the front, with the too-bright-red-dyed-hair is crushed under the weight of it. And as if that weren’t enough, after the smoke machine smoke clears and everything calms down again, front-woman extraordinaire Olga Goreas swears into the microphone like a drunken sailor.

20070307_Besnard_3.jpgI had a look around. As sweaty and dazed as the crowd was, their faces were eager and pointing at the stage; they wanted more. We all did. We wanted it to start all over again, with melodies and haunted voices. The Besnard Lakes are a live band. You can tell they love to play, and there’s nothing forced, it seems to come naturally to them. They are as tight and polished as they are raw and loud.

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10 Comments

Natobasso / March 7, 2007 at 12:54 pm
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Great review. I miss Montreal!
Cait / March 7, 2007 at 01:12 pm
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I haven't even listened to the actual Arcade Fire. I can't keep up.
Peter / March 7, 2007 at 02:35 pm
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I can't wait till they come to Vancouver. I've been listening to the album on repeat.
Bryan / April 1, 2007 at 06:45 pm
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2 very diff'rent animals indeed. I'd looked forward to the show after getting the album, but wasn't prepared for the, well, the power of the live sound. All those guitars lurking in the background on the album, they're out front live. All bold and balls. And the smoke machine. Perfect.
golu dolls / March 16, 2019 at 01:21 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 16, 2019 at 01:21 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 16, 2019 at 01:21 am
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nice post
Herbal Powder / March 16, 2019 at 01:22 am
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nice post

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