THE BESNARD LAKES

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 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

THE BESNARD LAKES TOUR DATES:
(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.

The Besnard Lakes’ ‘Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO’ Out Today

The Besnard Lakes’ Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is officially out today! Do not wait to get your hands on this beauty. The record is available online at SC Distribution, iTunes or Amazon. You can also head to your favorite record store for a CD or vinyl copy.

Interested in previewing the new album? You’re in luck! Pitchfork is streaming the record in full as part of their Advance program. After you are acquainted with the Until In Excess, go see Besnard live in concert. Dates and ticket links available HERE.
 

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

“Lasek and Goreas aren’t mere songwriters who produce pop tunes; they are composers who create musical suites out of sweepingly melodic movements….another Besnard Lakes’ album album that stubbornly demands to be absorbed all at once, from beginning to end.”Pitchfork

“Each element – each tiny nuance, even – feels very deliberate: the long, syncopated riffs, the extra bars, the meticulous song structures. Every epic build is delivered consciously, aided by detailed production and dramatically dense arrangements (harpists and strongs and Spencer Krug added to the mix here).”Under The Radar

“It’s rock music, folks, but not as we know it. Canadian husband and wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek have long since proved their chops as purveyors of elegant, muscular splendor. Now, the pair have hopped into their space buggy and are cruising from planet to planet, beaming back transmissions of dreamy, death-walks romanticism (’46 Satires’) languid grandeur (‘People of The Sticks’), stardust-srinkled soundscapes (‘Catalina’) and wall-of-sound climaxes of rushing noise (swansongs ‘Alamogordo’).”NME

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

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

03/31/16
Bristol, UK - The Fleece

04/01/16
Birmingham, UK - The Hare and Hounds

04/02/16
Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute

04/03/16
Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint

04/04/16
Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club

04/05/16
London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall

04/07/16
Brussels, BE - Bontanique Rotonde

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U.S.:
Robin Taylor
Inland Empire Touring, Inc.
169 Richardson Street; Suite 2
Brooklyn, NY 11222
p: (718)389-7100
e: robin@inlandempiretouring.com

Canada:
THE AGENCY GROUP - Rob Zifarelli
2 Berkeley St. Suite 202
Toronto, ON M5A 4 J5
p: (416) 368-5599 ext. 245
e: robzifarelli@theagencygroup.com
www.theagencygroup.com

Europe:
THE AGENCY GROUP - Ed Stringfellow
361-373 City Road
London
EC1V 1PQ
UK
p: 44 20 7278 3331
e: EdStringfellow@theagencygroup.com
www.theagencygroup.com

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