British Columbia

Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

By Brendan Lee Imperial Friday, February 16th, 2018 VANCOUVER – Reaching peak velocity on the end of their first Canadian…


Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • BeatRoute has a weekly podcast on saveonradio every Monday fromhellip
  • ExOzzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wyldehellip
  • entershikari are bona fide masters of versatility with a genreblendinghellip
  • Rise  Shine Music Seminar is an event to showcasehellip
  • Welsh pop punk outfit Neck Deep are playing at voguetheatrehellip
  • westwardfest is happening this September! Tickets go on sale Februaryhellip
  • Noble Oak is taking the Rhodes less travelled Check outhellip
  • Already backed by a considerable YouTube following for her ukelelehellip
  • Dan Starlings experimental film The Chorus provides a fresh takehellip


Sunday 16th, June 2013 / 17:44


Imagine for a moment, if you will, gazing up at blue skies dotted with cumulus clouds as you lay in the tall green grass of a deserted field. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a shining silver extraterrestrial vehicle darts into view, yanking you from your moment of serenity. “Our songs build out of an atmospheric haze into a raucous epicness. If you were staring up at the clouds on a nice relaxing day and you saw a UFO, it would shock you. That’s kind of how we do things – we have these quiet, ambient, ethereal moments, and then we just blast into loudness,” says the Besnard Lakes vocalist, guitarist and producer Jace Lasek.

Montreal-based indie rockers the Besnard Lakes have been making shoegaze music for nearly a decade. They’re known and loved for their take on the genre, building to psychedelic instrumental Shangri-La with hazy vocals swimming in guitar reverb. The band’s newest album, Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, sends listeners on a journey, into a state of altered consciousness where you are guided from start to finish by a distant siren’s beckon layered with dreamy synth sounds.

Losing yourself in the music is just what Lakes would have for their listeners. “It’s more about the idea of being able to have an experience and alter your state of where you are and go somewhere else,” states Lasek. Songs like “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold” bring to mind a five-and-a-half-minute elevator ride to a rooftop garden paradise, with bouncy xylophone notes echoing over a tinny intercom. Meanwhile, tracks like “46 Satires” reinforce Lakes’ continued success with this surprisingly transcendent style of music, despite strong evidence they’re of a dying breed.

Their vintage sound married with otherworldly effects reflects the band’s personal approach to music production. “Music recording really hasn’t changed that much in 50, 60 years: we still use the same microphones they built in the ’50s… we still use tape machines that were built in the ’70s… Digital recording has taken a real leap, it’s allowed people to make records in their bedroom but, still, it’s a tape recorder in its essence.” muses Lasek.

As co-founder of the combo analog and digital recording studio, Breakglass Studios, Lasek and the Besnard Lakes are clearly influenced by their taste for traditional recording techniques and equipment infused with a touch of the modern. Music production enthusiasts may simply gawk and drool in the presence of the studio’s functionally upgraded 968 Neve Pre 80 Series input console – essentially the Rolls Royce of analog mixing consoles, hand-wired and in limited supply.

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO offers much of the same musical architecture and ambient escapism that brings die-hard fans back album after album. New listeners are rewarded with an education on a unique sub-genre, with top-notch production values sweetening the deal. With their latest album marked by cornerstones of music bending both time and space, the Besnard Lakes’ latest offering will provide an appetizing experience for diverse audiences.

Catch ’em June 20 at Commonwealth and June 21 at Olympic Plaza.

By Adriana Sveen


AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Cartel Madras is playing the first ever hiphop set tohellip
  • February 2018 issue out now  This month features Amythysthellip
  • I Am The Mountain are set to release something soulfulhellip
  • This is just the first wave people Over 200 morehellip
  • What we want to create is the notion that yourehellip
  • NorthernCree are the worlds premier powwow round dance drum andhellip
  • Sup? Feel like going to a party? Heard there willhellip
  • Win tickets to see Jenn Grant live at the Theatrehellip
  • Video premiere alert! Erin Kay debuts Holding You Tonight exclusivelyhellip