The Besnard Lakes aren’t simply another entry in the post-rock shoegaze encyclopedia, they are masters of the genres. Not content to stick to the formulaic drones and extended instrumental noise sessions, they take the sounds and shape them into complex and alluring compositions. As a live act, those compositions sound meatier than ever.
As the fog machines blasted on Sunday night, the soft opening of “Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean” emanated throughout the backstage of Underground Arts, before quickly blasting into the main event of “Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent” in an explosion of fuzzy guitars and soaring vocals. Loud, thundering riffs permeated the evening, as the husband-and-wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas made their way through their retro brand of psychedelia, including a sped up rendition of the stunning “People of The Sticks.”
Openers USA Out Of Vietnam delivered a solid set of lumbering guitar rock. The band’s quiet/loud dynamic, mixed with the epic length of the songs (at one point while the audience applauded at the seeming end of a tune, the lead singer pointed out that the song was only a quarter over) should please fans of unclassifiable, glacially paced rock ‘n’ roll.
Philadelphia’s own Tinmouth were first up and a pleasant surprise, playing quirky guitar-driven rock that is both unique and familiar at the same time. I felt the need to comment out loud that they would be right at home on the Dischord record label. Hit up the band’s Bandcamp page for a sneak peak of their upcoming full length