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Saturday December 3 2016
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM ••• ALL AGES
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
KALX co-presents...
The Besnard Lakes
  Shoegazing, Post-rock, Progressive indie rock
Nightjacket     ----Lorelle Meets The Obsolete canceled
 Dream Pop     
Everyone Is Dirty
 garage symphonic post-punk

The Besnard Lakes
Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas, Kevin Laing, Richard White, Robbie MacArthur and Sheenah Ko
-from Montreal, Canada

-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.

“Besnard Lake is usually the place where we get the germination of ideas,” explains Jace. “We set up a small recording rig in the trailer we have up there .This time there were also helicopters with giant water tanks flying over us while we were fishing on the lake!”

Armed with demos and memories from their trip, the pair returned to the city and entered Breakglass Studios. Co-founded by Lasek a decade ago, this popular recording facility has long been a hub for Montreal’s fertile, collaborative and proudly DIY music community. Having met and fallen in love in Vancouver, where Jace was a photography-trained art student and Olga a bass-slinging star on the underground rock circuit, the pair relocated at the turn of the millennium. Vancouver had gotten too expensive. By contrast, “Montreal was super cheap because there had been the Quebec referendum in ’95 and a lot of the Anglos had left. There was a political teeter-totter happening, so there were tons of empty places. We moved out here and were able to live, rehearse and record in a loft for next to nothing.”

The predominantly French-speaking province’s economic depression birthed an ever-evolving scene that’s become internationally renowned for such disparate independent avatars as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Arcade Fire. Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. (Echoing prime FM they actually now have two girl/boy couplings in the line-up, keyboard player Sheenah Ko and guitarist Robbie MacArthur joining powerhouse drummer Kevin Laing and non-touring studio axe hero Richard White.) Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. This melodic yet mountainous soundworld was sculpted at Breakglass, their own modest Paisley Park. As the longterm sporter of a Love Symbol tattoo, Prince’s pop alchemy is especially potent for Jace.

Holland Belle, Jordan Wiggins, Steve Lucarelli, Louie Schultz, Diego Guerrero
-from Los Angeles, CA

-Led by the dreamy vocals of Holland Belle and the swirling guitars of Jordan Wiggins, Nightjacket has “the feel of a late-night drive in a deserted city where only the neon lights of chain restaurants and gas stations are the sights to be seen.” (The Revue) Featuring Louie Schultz (Army Navy) on guitar/synths, and Steve Lucarelli (Wounds/Gasoline Heart) on bass, the band released their debut EP, ‘Eternal Phase,’ last year. Mixed by Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Violens) and mastered by Joe Lambert (Washed Out, Deerhunter, The National), Eternal Phase features songs with one foot soaked in reverb and the other firmly planted in pop tradition.

"Buoyed by the smoky, chanteuse-like vocals of singer Holland Belle, Nightjacket's lush dream-pop taps into the heavily nostalgic vibes of bands like Mazzy Star and Beach House." – SPIN Magazine "A hazy and mysterious introduction...Belle's voice is a steady force amongst atmospheric guitars and minimal drums." - Consequence of Sound
'Eternal Phase' moves between hazy melancholia and Californian breeze. Thanks to Belle's smooth voice and the band's reverb-drenched guitars, Nightjacket is the sort of dream-pop music that melts your stress." - Los Angeles Magazine

Everyone Is Dirty
Sivan Lioncub, Christopher Daddio Tony Sales, Tyler English
-from Oakland, CA

-Oakland CA's Everyone Is Dirty just released their new cassingle "Banana Split" on Royal Oakie Records to much acclaim. The title track premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, and the B-side "Wax Mannequin Mode" premiered on Impose. The hard-hitting foursome are going on a national tour this October, and have a new full length set to release this winter.

"Oh yes. Oh yes. Oh yes. Any words I try to use here would fail to encapsulate just how deliriously wicked this is. The spiky riffs, the smeared chorus, the unchained glee behind dubious drug-taking…I’m obliged to call this “punk”, but violins assault me with their pointed bows, and there’s far more to Everyone is Dirty than the “punk” moniker can offer. Also, “punks” do not seduce me like this. Mmm. It’s times like this that I question my sexuality."

'Banana Split' Premiere on Brooklyn Vegan:

"Wax Mannequin Mode" Premiere on Impose Magazine