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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:29 pm    Post subject: The Besnard Lakes  Reply with quote

At the Cockpit last Saturday and my word what an experience.

From the same musical source as Arcade Fire the singer has a pitch perfect falsetto that adds melody to amorphous songs that don't follow the usual structure but which start slowly and moodily and then build and build to an earth-shattering climax not unlike awakening from a vivid technicolour dream.

A bit of psyche, metal, prog, shoegaze topped off with chiming guitar chunks and soaring melodies, they will make a great festival act.

Nice to see Mr and Mrs Bigbone at the first of quite a few gigs coming up over the next couple of months.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really liked that a lot
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're thinking of buying anything by them the latest album '...the Roaring Night' is easily the best.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you're thinking of buying anything by them the latest album '...the Roaring Night' is easily the best.


Cheers Butts, I'll check that out.
Ive been looking for something new to listen to.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can see that being a garden favourite this coming BBQ season. After all the dancing has died down of course
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They liked the dry ice which was a nice retro touch. I must say you'd be hard pressed to see a better set of musicians than this lot even if they don't really do songs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late Doors wrote:
Can see that being a garden favourite this coming BBQ season. After all the dancing has died down of course


Higgs Boson has just texted to say :-

"standing 6" away from Besnard Lakes in full flow. You were right...bleeding awesome. Announced playing Green Man too"   (his smiley)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's gearing up to be a fab weekend. just me n Si going now by the sound of things so no camper van, just a tent
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's gearing up to be a fab weekend. just me n Si going now by the sound of things so no camper van, just a tent


No Sean? That's a shame. You better gen up on obscure pyschedelia for those campfire conversations.
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Might bring the guitar..... to play, not throw on it.

He might come yet. he's off to some hippy/bumpkin/folky/cider guzzling do near Banbury and he's pressed for time
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The line-up still needs a bit of action I think.

Next time I see you I'll leave Memory Tapes, Fuck Buttons and First Aid Kit with you. All really good albums and all on the bill somewhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

been on Radcliffe and Maconie tonight - excellent.
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What a terrific band this lot are, Second time now for me at the Brudenell. The first coincided with Keyboard player Sheens Ko's debut. New album out that I haven't got yet and any chance to see them live has to be taken. Brilliantly creative in the studio but to me they absolutely explode into another plain live. They take the guitar layers, beautiful choral vocals, the trippy avenues of the songs onto the confines of a stage and thrust them out with mesmeric power. Let me tell you, right down at the front it was a full on sonic storm that swayed you into total fixation that made the lengthy set seem to pass in a moment.

They played about four from the new album including one in the long four song encore. It was about three songs in for the first new one but their repertoire now nearly ten years old is so good and loved they can afford to be sparse with it and not dominate the set. That isnt to say the new stuff is any weaker either. It sounded as strong as anything they have already done.

I love the look of the band too, 60s hip, 70s tripster plus the more contemporary drummer. The two ladies are extremely beguiling and the whole demographic aesthetic balance of the band is perfect. It's not often I give a shit about what a band look like but i do like this lot.

Of course it is the music that defines them and the spiralling searing electric guitars complete with top end vocals shared between the husband and wife leads are just thrilling. The drummer is hooked in with precision interesting rhythms and the whole band combine into a perfect swirl of textured dreamy rock n roll.  Oh and the Dry ice is still in abundance and guess what? they are on at the Green Man again this year.
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Splendid summer in the city day out yesterday. The heat certainly brought 'em and out the Terraces were choc full of assorted cavorters. Started off in Brodericks in the  most agreeable company of Plastic Man before the two of us moved up to the sun trap terrace of Stick or Twist  between the Arena and Merrion Center.  PM left around 7pm for his bus whilst I moseyed up Woodhouse Lane Brudenell bound. Hordes and hordes of pissed up students in assorted school kid gear were on the Otley Run. I can't fathom it, too pisssed too early drinking out of bottles of Vodka absolutely slaughtered. Future parliament ladies and gentlemen. Thankfully they preferred the outside areas leaving the Fenton and Eldon interiors relatively untarnished for respectable sober gentlemen like me to relax in.

Got to the Brudenell just in time to see the other four lads coming up Queens Road and we got more or less straight in for a ten to nine start by this fabulous band. No new album for a while so a bit of a sparse crowd gathered. Didn't perturb the band though. No introduction needed I'm sure, we've talked about them a while on here but suffice it to say a two half lengthy set of their back catalogue absolutely enthralled me. Layers and layers of textured sonic ambience soaring around well structured songs, searing guitar and plaintive vocals. I love this band, well paced controlled power crossing soft and gentle into a colossal roar. A fabulous end to a great day.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Splendid summer in the city day out yesterday. The heat certainly brought 'em and out the Terraces were choc full of assorted cavorters. Started off in Brodericks in the  most agreeable company of Plastic Man before the two of us moved up to the sun trap terrace of Stick or Twist  between the Arena and Merrion Center.  PM left around 7pm for his bus whilst I moseyed up Woodhouse Lane Brudenell bound. Hordes and hordes of pissed up students in assorted school kid gear were on the Otley Run. I can't fathom it, too pisssed too early drinking out of bottles of Vodka absolutely slaughtered. Future parliament ladies and gentlemen. Thankfully they preferred the outside areas leaving the Fenton and Eldon interiors relatively untarnished for respectable sober gentlemen like me to relax in.


Indeed. A very agreeable, and much needed, late afternoon refreshment on such a warm day.

Re: school uniform. I believe they were probably actually being worn by school children. There's now a bit of a local tradition for those doing their A levels, to do the Otley Run.

In terms of drinking capacities/ strategies, it's like amateur night at the Armley Apollo.

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