The story of The Besnard Lakes begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group's husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple's campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album.

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Release ‘The Golden Lion’ 12″ EP, Share Track “The Motorway”

B-side “The Motorway” opens the blinds and surges with glorious heat…” – Stereogum

The Golden Lion 12″ EP is out today worldwide, and Stereogum premiered “The Motorway,” which is exclusive to the EP. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the fourth LP with The Besnard Lakes and Jagjaguwar, is out in January 2016.

Buy The Golden Lion 12″ EP:
via Jagjaguwar // Spotify

Pre-order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
CD, LP & ltd white vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

11/15/15 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
11/16/15 London, UK – 100 Club
11/19/15 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
11/20/15 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
11/21/15 Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
11/22/15 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
11/23/15 Berlin, DE – Magnet Club

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Share Live Video Of “Golden Lion” From Upcoming Release

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The Besnard Lakes will release their most formidable album to date, A Coliseum Complex Museum, out January 22nd, 2016 on Jagjaguwar. Lead single “Golden Lion” will also be released as a limited 12” EP on November 13th, 2015 and include two new, exclusive tracks listed below.

Fifteen years into their career, and nearly two decades into Jagjaguwar’s existence, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, the band have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim. Now comprising writing partnership Jace Lasek (vocals/guitar) and Olga Goreas (vocals/bass) plus long-term drummer Kevin Laing, the cast has expanded to include both Sheenah Ko (keys/vocals) and Robbie Macarthur (guitar). Previous guitarist Richard White maintains a pivotal studio role for the band though no longer tours.

At Pop Montreal last month, The Besnard Lakes performed as a 17-piece band and you can watch video of the performance below. Coupled with the band’s new press shot, which is a restaging of the canonical Fleetwood Mac photos from the mid 80s, The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep rich catalogue in the 21st Century.

A limited number of deluxe album pre-orders will include limited edition white colored vinyl and a metal sigil, hand-crafted by Olga Goreas. The sigils have become a major element of the LP art. Says Olga: “I made 11 sigils after my dad passed away almost 4 years ago. Each sigil has a particular meaning and there are 11 of them because he died in November of 2011 and numerologically speaking, 11 represents a rebuilding of sorts. In a way, our last album was about endings and this album is about beginning again.

In November, the band will be performing new songs from the album at exclusive shows around Europe – dates are below and tickets are on sale now.

Order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon Music // Your Local Indie Retailer

(more info and tix here)

15 November – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
16 November – London, UK – 100 Club
19 November – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
20 November – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
21 November – Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
22 November – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
23 November – Berlin, DE – Magnet Club

WATCH // The Besnard Lakes Release Video For “Colour Yr Lights In”, New US Tour Dates This November

The Besnard Lakes‘ released a new video for the song, “Colour Yr Lights In”! The video, directed by Montreal visual artists the Sanchez Brothers, stars actor Martin Dubreuil as a man who is just trying to keep it all together. Just an FYI for everyone in an office about click play, this video is NSFW and contains some graphic sexual imagery. Watch it above or on YouTube here.

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WATCH // The Besnard Lakes Share “People Of The Sticks” Video

The Besnard Lakes end this week on a high note. We’re talking a new video for their “People Of The Sticks.” Directed by Joseph Yarmuch and Peros Kolyvas, the video features Besnard members as drugs that you can take while doing gymnastics. Talk about performance enhancers! Is this making any sense to you? Just watch above or at Rolling Stone where it premiered yesterday.

“People of The Sticks” if off the new Besnard album that came out this past Tuesday. Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is available at SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon and your local record store.

Colour Yr Lights In by Besnard Lakes, The

People of the Sticks by Besnard Lakes, The

Albatross by Besnard Lakes, The

For Agent 13 by Besnard Lakes, The

Devastation by Besnard Lakes, The

The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
People of the Sticks by The Besnard Lakes
And You Lied To Me by The Besnard Lakes
Albatross by The Besnard Lakes

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