1. JESSE MALIN + HOLLIS BROWN THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER THE RUBY LOUNGE

    JESSE MAILN

    Hailing from downtown New York City, Jesse Malin is a singer/songwriter who has been recording and touring extensively since he was thirteen years old, kicking off his solo career when his first album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, was released in 2003. With four studio records under his belt, Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize and received four star reviews in Rolling Stone, London Times and “Album of the Month” in Uncut Magazine. 

    Malin has completed production on his latest record with a band featuring Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Jack White), Randy Schrager (Scissor Sisters), Don DiLego (Beautiful Small Machines) and Derek Cruz (The St. Marks Social). The self-produced album is scheduled to be released in early 2015.

    Known for his story telling and live performances, the band is heading across the pond to kick out some of the new songs as well as deep cuts and old favorites.

    HOLLIS BROWN

    Hollis Brown was started in Queens, New York City in 2009 by college friends and songwriting partners Jon Bonilla and Mike Montali. Upon writing over fifty songs together, they decided to take things to the next level and form a band. After a self-released demo, they were signed to Alive Natural Sound, releasing their debut “Ride On The Train” in March 2013. Critical acclaim soon followed as Rolling Stone, Spin, and American Songwriter all premiered material from the album. On April 19, 2014, they released an exclusive Record Store Day tribute to The Velvet Underground. 

    “Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would’ve in 1966 and will 40 years from now.” SPIN

    “Through this consistently impressive first long player, Hollis Brown have carved out their own space with a set of timeless, rustic and eminently tuneful and soulful sounds.” SHINDIG!

    “It’s easy to see how Hollis Brown’s sound could be as relevant years down the road as it is today.” PASTE

    “Packed to the brim with sterling songs that measure up to those covers they’re so fond of playing live.” KUT RADIO / AUSTIN

    “Their well-crafted songs are rooted in the blues and feature pop hooks that sink in and don’t let go.” CMT

    "Ride On The Train" is the group’s debut full-length album, and it’s a gem, full of memorable songs and a sharp, taut sound that only includes what is necessary to put the song over. ALL MUSIC

    “Everything you’d expect from a band named after a Bob Dylan tune, mixing Americana and Bible Belt blues with a heavy dose of no-frills Southern rock.” AMERICAN SONGWRITER

    “A bracing mixture of something akin to blues-based Southern rock and pure British Invasion-influenced pop.” WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

    “Like a refined version of the late ’60s era rock and roll that sort of trembles into ’70s rock / folk /country territory.” MUSIC SAVAGE

    "Ride On The Train" is an album that a lot of people are going to love for its multi-generational appeal. But besides that, it’s just good rock music. It’s hard to peg a specific sound on it. There are no "skip" songs on this album though. Be prepared to keep it in your player, on repeat, for a long time.” EAR TO THE GROUND

    “A remarkable debut from a band that shows a lot of promise.” PENNY BLACK MUSIC

    “Their debut is something to behold.” HEAR YA

    “Hollis Brown conjures a dozen things I’ve liked or loved from the last 30 years. But it sounds exactly like no one else.” BLURT

    “A band that’s a little bit classic pop, a little bit Americana and a whole lot of sweet rock n’ roll.” PULSE MAGAZINE

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  2. SILVER APPLES + GIRL SWEAT + O>L>A SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER THE RUBY LOUNGE

    Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer consisting of 12 oscillators and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second hand electronic junk, the band quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression.

    First full-length album was released in 1968 on KAPP Records. The self titled album rode the Billboard Magazine Top 100 list for 10 weeks.The first cut on this album, Oscillations, was released as a single, and made the Top Ten list in numerous cities. One music critic wrote, "What’s so amazing is that they make absolutely mind shattering music with all this junky equipment."

    The second full length album was released in 1969, titled CONTACT. A national tour was launched by the band’s recording popularity. A third album was recorded in 1970, but not released when KAPP folded.Without a record label the band disbanded, and, except for an occasional bootleg release, was not heard from again until 1994, when a German label named TRC, without license, re-released the first two albums in a double CD version, complete with poster. Since then numerous artists around the world have released covers, tributes and samplings of Silver Apples material.

    In 1996, Simeon re-activated Silver Apples, recording and performing with many musician friends and admirers. Some of the projects included a release of  a 7” vinyl on Enraptured Records of London which included on the A side FRACTAL FLOW, the first new song by Silver Apples in 26 years! It has since sold out through three pressings.

    January 19, 1997 marked the re-emergence of Silver Apples as a live performance band. Before a celeb-packed audience at the Knitting Factory, this concert was hailed by the press as being better than anyone dreamed possible:

    "The Gods of Space Rock re-emerge!" Now Magazine

    "A timely return by the late 60’s technorock genius Simeon" The Village Voice

    "Silver Apples… a beautiful and mysterious artifact." The New York Times

    "Simple weird magic. It’s pop from outer space." New York Post

    "Wielding the handle of a homemade oscillator like a whammy bar, Simeon, the King of Plug, drove his ensemble of brushcut technoids like Mad Max conducting Kraftwerk." Rolling Stone Magazine

    A 16,000 mile national tour was booked for that Spring, a 6-week tour of Europe started in the Summer and in the Fall the band played a tour of  Japan. In all, Silver Apples played over 100 concerts in 1997 and 1998.

    In July of 1997, thirteen songs were recorded with Steve Albini in Chicago and compiled into the band’s long-awaited, new CD from Whirlybird Records called BEACON. Released in late ‘97, BEACON secured world wide distribution and has gotten rave reviews from critics everywhere:

    "Given the band’s historical role in the development of an entire genre of music, Silver Apples deserves a biography and probably a shrine. In the meantime, this record will do just fine." CMJ New Music Report

    "A peculiarly pastoral version of cybernetic music, a hissing machine-in-the-garden driven by Simeon’s fey vocals, piping and fluting like an Elizabethan troubadour at the Court of the Crimson King" Spin Magazine

    Another new CD, DECATUR, was released in 1998 and represents an entirely different aspect of Silver Apples’ interstellar sound. Silver Apples performed at the Terrastock II festival in San Francisco and at the Meltdown festival in London in 1998.

    1998 saw Simeon and Peter Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom, of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum) collaborating on a musical collection called A LAKE OF TEARDROPS, which was released in early 1999 on Space Age Recordings and distributed worldwide.

    1998 also marked the historic reunion between Simeon and original drummer, Danny Taylor. Dubs of the long lost third album THE GARDEN were found undamaged in a cardboard box in Danny’s attic. After a delay of almost thirty years, the material was released on Whirlybird Records, the band’s label.

    1998 also saw the release of BEACON REMIXED, a much acclaimed collection of remix contributions from around the world of the Albini sessions.

    Simeon and Danny performed their reunion concerts in the New York area, and it was after one of these, at The Cooler, that their van was forced off the road by another driver, causing the crash that broke Simeon’s neck. After over a year and a half of therapy, Simeon is back in action. To see him walk or perform today, you would not be aware that he is still partially paralyzed.

    In 1999, Simeon teamed up with British musicians “The Alchemysts” for a CD now out on Woronzow and Rubric to rave reviews. Simeon also remixed 4 bands, the CD now out on Third Stone Records worldwide.

    In January, 2000, Simeon performed at the Knitting Factory/Whitney Museum of American Art’s New York Festival of Electronic Music to a packed house. “WOW!” said one music critic. Silver Apples rides again!

    On March 10, 2005, original drummer, Danny Taylor, passed away of a heart attack in Kingston, New York. He was 56 years old.

    Working as a solo performer, with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, Simeon has continued the Silver Apples live concerts with performances at 2 ATP Festivals, one in England and one in Australia, the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland, the Aula Cultura CAM Festival in Spain, the Netmage Festival in Italy, the Aurora Festival in Houston and concerts throughout Europe, America and Japan.

    Currently Simeon is still recording and performing as a solo artist. 

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  3. J MASCIS SATURDAY 10 JANUARY THE RUBY LOUNGE

    J MASCIS SUNDAY 18 JANUARY THE CLUNY

    It makes perfect sense that I was asked to write a bio for J Mascis. Let’s face it, he and I have a long history. It all started the first time I saw him live. It was in New York City. I don’t remember when or where, but I think he was walking around. I was probably walking around, too. The second time was also in New York, at a Mexican restaurant in the East Village (the one that takes credit cards now, but didn’t used to). Years later I actually met him at the SXSW festival though a friend who works at Sub Pop. I guess that meeting went well, because when that friend from Sub Pop got married, she sat me at the same table as J. Sounds unbelievable? I suggest you look at the picture below. Now keep staring at that picture until August 26th. That’s when J’s new acoustic album Tied to a Star comes out on Sub Pop Records. It  features appearances by Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins , Mark Mulcahy, and Chan Marshall. Had I been in the area, I’m sure I would’ve been asked to play on it, too.  Todd Barry

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  4. A CONCERT IN AID OF SALFORD FOOD BANK featuring BIRD TO BEAST + LITTLE SPARROW + BONE-BOX + SUNLIGHTER + PICNIC AREA + IAN PULESTON-DAVIES (CORONATION STREET / BOP LOCAL) DJ SET + TONY HUSBAND CARTOON WORKSHOP + SPECIAL GUESTS (1PM DAYTIME SHOW) SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER THE RUBY LOUNGE 

    A special daytime show in aid of Salford Food Bank featuring laid back Sunday sets from… 

    BIRD TO BEAST

    LITTLE SPARROW

    BONE-BOX

    SUNLIGHTER 

    THE PICNIC AREA

    + IAN PULESTON-DAVIES (CORONATION STREET / BOP LOCAL) DJ SET

    + TONY HUSBAND CARTOON WORKSHOP 

    + SPECIAL GUESTS 

    This concert in aid of Food Banks is an attempt to raise awareness of one of the most pressing issues in present society: UK food poverty, and to collect food for those who - through no fault of their own - find themselves hungry in a horn of plenty. Food poverty in the UK is our responsibility - we are all part of the solution. 

    The ability to eat regularly and good quality food is a basic human right. It is self-evident that no rich, sophisticated western country such as the UK should have children, women, men, the infirm and the elderly going to school/work/bed each day without a full belly. 

    Food poverty in the UK is our responsibility - we are all part of the solution. My guess would be that austerity, recession and bad times will last much longer than anyone currently thinks, so we had better share the love and the plenty now. 

    Tickets cost just £3 + booking fee (all proceeds will go to Salford Central Food bank), and we are therefore asking that ticket holders also bring some food items from the list below, which will be also donated to Salford Central Food Bank. 

    It’s an all ages show and children are welcome (so long as they’re accompanied by a parent / guardian). Most of the people using Food Banks are families with small children, so it’s a great opportunity to involve kids who are fortunate enough to be cared for within a family who can afford to eat regularly and wholesomely. Think of it as a harvest festival. 

    FOOD DONATIONS… 

    Please bring any or more of the following items of food to the venue on the day of the show:

    Christmas food… 

    Christmas puddling

    Chocolate

    Biscuits

    Sweets 

    Nuts

    Treats

    AND…

    Milk (UHT or powdered)

    Sugar (500g)

    Fruit juice (cartons)

    Soup

    Pasta and pasta sauces

    Sponge pudding (tinned)

    Tomatoes (tinned)

    Cereals

    Rice pudding (tinned)

    Tea bags/instant coffee

    Instant mashed potato

    Rice / pasta

    Tinned meat / fish

    Tinned vegetables

    Tinned fruit

    Jam 

    Biscuits or snack bars

    A WORD FROM THE VENUE…

    Food Bank usage statistics make deeply depressing reading; with dependency tripling, more than half a million people in the UK now access food banks with numbers rising. It’s a startling figure and one were we can place blame firmly on onerous welfare cuts alongside nationwide recession (that’s in the 7th richest country in the world where we throw away 23 billion pounds worth of food annually). However outrageous and saddening the cause and need may be, food banks have become a crucial resource for people and families denied help elsewhere, and commonly a desperate and final option. So the Ruby Lounge is more than happy to throw open its doors again for this awareness and fundraising event in aid of the fine work done by food banks everywhere - sadly this grim issue isn’t going away any day soon.

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  5. CORTES + DANTEVILLES + NORTHERN SUGAR FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER FALLOW CAFE 

    Cortes: A four piece rock band from London, formed through a shared love of classic blues/rock guitar music. This is the New Rock & Roll with soulful vocals, big beats and generous guitar licks. Influenced by many of the genuine rock bands from the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s, Cortes are keen to bring timeless music back to the fore, relevant once again to a new generation of music lovers. Rock n roll ain’t dead!

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  6. CRAFT SPELLS + CLAW THE THIN ICE + RACE TO THE SEA WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER THE RUBY LOUNGE

    After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea. It’s Craft Spells’ second proper full length LP, and first since 2010′s critically acclaimed Idle Labor.

    Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area’s music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a severe bout of writer’s block he retreated to his parent’s house in Lathrop, CA. Away from the city, he put down his guitar for a full year in favor of properly training himself on piano, the instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written.

    Being in limbo between the city and the suburbs, Justin felt actual nausea, added to by his admitted semi-addiction to social media and quickly found himself disillusioned. Vallesteros unplugged from that world as much as possible and completely immersed himself in the music (Emmit Rhodes and the solo works of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haroumi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi) and writing (the works of Mishima, for one) that would come to form the LP.

    The demos came together in early 2014 and Vallesteros flew to Seattle to produce  the record with engineer Dylan Wall. Teaming up on the recording with Craft Spells stalwarts Javier Suarez and Andy Lum, the band went into the studio and recorded a whole and complete work, full of ideas and a new found maturity in both songwriting and recording sophistication. Within the first few seconds of lead single “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide” we know we’re not listening to the same Craft Spells anymore. This is a bold, beautiful and lush new sound emphasizing the songwriting abilities Vallesteros always had. An album highlighted by loads of piano, real strings and acoustic guitar, this change is like the color coming alive in the Wizard of Oz. The beautiful “Komorebi” with it’s piano chord progression and sorrowful string accompaniment emphasizes this newfound maturity and confidence as a writer that is the next logical step in Craft Spells’ career.

    Nausea could easily have been a record rife with indecision and anxiety. But like the song for which the album is named, Craft Spells was able to turn the chaos and disillusionment into a work that provides ammo against that very thing, with beauty, vision and melody.

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  7. GHOULS + THE WICKED SONS + SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER FALLOW CAFE

    Currently based in London, but with roots all over the UK, genre spanning GHOULS are an energetic five-piece know for their manic stage antics and sweat inducing live shows. An infectious innovative blend of punk rock fuelled by a powerful horn section and driven by gypsy influences, they always get crowds on their feet and whipped into a frenzied party. After an extensive crowd-fund campaign, including a 30 date UK and European tour, GHOULS unleashed their debut album - the highly acclaimed ‘Ten Thousand Words On’ on the 4th April 2014, with a sold-out show at The Monarch in Camden to celebrate the release. In the crowd that night were punk heroes Frank Turner and Itch of the King Blues, both of whom expressed their support of the band on social media.

    Summer 2014 has been filled with festivals such as Hit The Deck, The Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters, Blissfield and Takedown Festival, alongside support slots with Professor Green, Slaves, Larry and His Flask, and tons more. With a new EP release and upcoming UK tour in October, plus European dates on the horizon, big things are on the way for this lot, catch them while you can!

    "…the promise of Neck Deep, if Neck Deep had a sax (KKKK)."  Kerrang

    "…bohemian punks who harness their own charismatic youthful energy (7/10)."   Rocksound Magazine 

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  8. MINERAL THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY THE RUBY LOUNGE

    Texan, emo pioneers Mineral have signed a worldwide deal (excluding North America) with Xtra Mile Recordings, who will reissue their two seminal albums The Power of Failing and Endserenading, each on double 45 RPM vinyl, on 20 October 2014.

    Xtra Mile will also release ‘Mineral – 1994-1998’ a 2x CD compilation of both The Power Of Failing and Endserenading with bonus material and previously unreleased tracks to get the uninitiated up to speed in time for some live performances. 


    Mineral are set to play a selection of dates in February 2015, visiting Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. 

    To celebrate this incredibly influential band signing to their natural, UK-based home, Xtra Mile are offering pre-order ticket and vinyl/CD bundles. 

    Mineral formed in 1994 and disbanded in 1997 just before the release of their second album Endserenading. Despite a surprisingly small amount of time together, they’ve been cited as inspiration by a host of bands and artists, including Xtra Mile’s very own Frank Turner. 

    Taking the baton from mid-nineties emo band Sunny Day Real Estate, they crystallised the slow, melodic loud/quiet dynamic that wax sealed the genre, crafting an eternally distinctive and beloved sound. Their debut album The Power of Failing is a passionate paen to spirituality and love, bathed in crescendos of hollered guitar, while posthumous follow-up Endserenading – finished after the official split of the group - broods and simmers with patience, pain and redemption. Both albums are recognised as essential, packed with trailblazing cuts which have since informed plenty of peers and imitators, while never being bettered. 

    The band reunited in April this year - 20 years after the original formation – and will play their first dates in 17 years this autumn, starting in New York City.

    LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound claimed ‘The Power Of Failing’ as one of the ‘Top 20 Emo Albums in History,’ writing: “The empyreal finger-picking crescendos, the punch-to-the-gut octave note explosions, the not-quite-in-key vocals issuing soft-then-screamed confessions about the shortcomings of self - it’s all gorgeously imperfect, from opening notes of ‘5, 8, and 10’ to the harrowing chorus of ‘Parking Lot’”

    NPR Music declared: “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my room yelling, ‘Cause I just want to be / Something more than the mud in your eyes / I want to be the clay in your hands.’ You know, for practice.” 

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  9. THE INCA BABIES + A WITNESS + GREAT LEAP FORWARD (ACOUSTIC SET) SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER THE RUBY LOUNGE

    THE INCA BABIES

    The Inca Babies reformed in 2007 to play a 20th birthday party of IBD, the German agency which first took them to Europe, and they haven’t stopped since.

    Founder member Harry Stafford’s penned three new albums since – ‘Death Message Blues’, ‘Deep Dark Blue’ and the forthcoming “The Stereo Plan” (sept 2014) - with more to come. Critics agree their shows are blistering, relentless dark blues-tinged guitar rock sets with lavish helpings of classics alongside great new songs.

    With two number one indie chart singles, four Peel sessions and a Top 5 album in the 1980s, as well as hundreds of gigs across Europe and Scandinavia it’s no wonder the original Incas left a legacy. But with Rob Haynes (Goldblade) on drums and A Witness bassman Vince Hunt as the rhythm section, the reformed Incas have been getting rave reviews in Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Greece and Holland as well as at selected gigs across the UK, appearing with Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise, Zounds, SpizzEnergi, March Violets and Punishment of Luxury. 

    ‘My Sick Suburb’, their first single for 25 years was released on 7” blue vinyl for Record Store Day in April 2012 and they’ve released another RSD vinyl outing with ‘Scatter’ on 12” clear vinyl in 2014.

    A WITNESS

    TWENTY FIVE years away from the live stage hasn’t blunted the spiky, angular pop of A WITNESS who deliver a host of classics from their mid-80s career.

    The band were John Peel Show regulars and toured Europe and the UK with some of the best names of the time – The Fall, Swans, Sonic Youth and Three Johns among them. Now they’re back with a superb live line-up earning rave reviews for their power and punch.

    Following great receptions at June’s C-86 Festival in London and a co-headline with The Cravats in April, the band also play Stockport’s Blackthorn Music Festival in Etherow Country Park in July and a John Peel Weekender in Stockton on Tees in October with The Blue Orchids, Inca Babies, Nightingales and Wolfhounds.

    The new band teams drumming powerhouse Rob Haynes (Goldblade, Membranes, Inca Babies) with former Big Flame and Great Leap Forward frontman Alan Brown – a Manchester music dream team. Simon Williams fronts the band with passion and verve while original member and songwriter Vince Hunt (bass) completes the line-up.

    Webzine ‘Louder Than War’ said of their C-86 appearance: “Part of the bludgeoning awkward wing of the times and they have lost none of that angular assault.”

    In a six-year career between 1983 and the death of guitarist Rick Aitken in 1989, A Witness released a critically acclaimed album ‘I Am John’s Pancreas’ and a series of 12” singles which made the NME charts together with four sessions for John Peel. 

    But tragedy struck the four-piece when Aitken died in a climbing accident on the eve of the release of their perfect pop single ‘I love you Mr Disposable Razors’ in October 1989. The band’s third and fourth Peel sessions were released as a double CD shortly afterwards. Hunt re-released the album on CD in 2006 to mark 20 years of its release and reformed the band for 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of his friend and guitarist.

    THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD 

    The Great Leap Forward is a “band” formed in 1987 by former bIG*fLAME singer and bassist Alan Brown when that band came to its planned and logical end in 1986.

    The Great Leap Forward was and still is essentially a solo project, with Alan writing, arranging and performing virtually all instruments on recordings, and carrying out mixing and production in the studio in conjunction with John Crossley at SquareDance Studios (Nottingham/Derby) for the majority of the pre-1990 releases and since 2008 with Anthony Chapman for Finished Unfinished Business and This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply And Getting By.

    Freed from the restrictive musical philosophy and practice that epitomised bIG*fLAME, Alan was able to flourish musically and develop The Great Leap Forward into a much more melodic and danceable proposition, yet still retaining the bIG*fLAME quirkiness and attitude/ethos – with overtly political lyrics and social commentary, working under the mantra of “don’t be afraid of change, it’s right to rebel”.

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  10. THE BESNARD LAKES + THE HIGH DIALS + THE LONGCUT + O>L>A TUESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER @ THE RUBY LOUNGE

    The Besnard Lakes raise immediate comparisons to the Arcade Fire, but those are primarily due to accidents of geography and band chemistry: like the Arcade Fire, The Besnard Lakes are from Montreal and led by a married couple. That’s largely where the similarities end, because if this Quebecois collective resembles any of its Canadian counterparts, it would be as an unexpectedly effective combination of the Dears’ psychedelic pop hooks and the languid space rock ambience of early Broken Social Scene. The aforementioned married couple, singer and guitarist Jace Lasek and singer and bassist Olga Goreas, formed The Besnard Lakes in 2001 as a sideline to Lasek’s day job as an in-demand producer at the Montreal recording studio he and Goreas own, Breakglass Studios. (Lasek has produced and engineered records by Wolf Parade, the Dears, Stars, and many other Canadian indie acts.) The band was originally a full-time project, but before it could record its debut album, the other members of the band left. Undaunted, Lasek and Goreas recorded nearly all of 2003’s Besnard Lakes, Vol.1 on their own during down time at the studio, then self-released the result. Following the album’s glowing reviews, a touring lineup eventually solidified with guitarists Steve Raegele and Jeremiah Bullied, and drummer Kevin Laing. During sessions for the band’s second album, Bullied was replaced by Richard White and keyboardist and arranger Nicole Lizée joined the band. Signing to the venerable dream pop indie label Jagjaguwar, The Besnard Lakes released their second album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, in February 2007 and followed it up with The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night in March 2010. 2011 saw the band embark on a couple of different soundtracking projects, including the recording of music for both Mark Ruffalo’s Sympathy for Delicious and a multimedia documentary entitled Welcome to Pine Point. During that same year they began sessions for what would eventually become 2013’s Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO.

    This album had its humble beginnings in mid-2011 and was completed over the course of a year. Ever mindful and attentive to the most subtle and nuanced details, founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal with long time band mates Kevin Laing and Richard White. Eventually mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this fourth album by The Besnard Lakes’ features heavyweight additions by Moonface’s Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers’ Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers’ Choir. The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture. The Besnard Lakes create a distinct and dreamy headspace, an enigmatic and somehow familiar placelessness. It happens in such a way that both the close and casual listener find themselves immersed in the generous sonic vision, one moment as timeless as the next.

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