The Besnard Lakes / Elephant Stone / Secret Colours
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 9:00 PM CST
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
THE BESNARD LAKES' Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO 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, 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 the 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 band 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. Montreal’s ELEPHANT STONE was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, a highly regarded and sought-out sitar player who has recorded and toured with THE BLACK ANGELS, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE HORRORS, and many more. In 2009, Elephant Stone released their Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut, The Seven Seas, and the following year saw the release of The Glass Box EP and multiple tours around America and Europe, with sold-out dates in London and festival appearances at the Iceland Airwaves, Osheaga (Canada), and SXSW. 2013 has seen the band release their excellent sophomore long-player and tour the world spreading their psychedelified-hindie-rock mantra. Proudly calling themselves "the bastard seed of the ’60s psychedelia and ’90s Britpop bloodlines and hailed by NYLON as the "BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE on Prozac," SECRET COLOURS play driving, bucolic, no frills rock into an original sound all their own. Hard at work with producer BRAIN DECK over the past year, the four-piece released Peach, their excellent sophomore LP, on May 28th. The new record see the ensemble pushing their psychedelic extremes and jangly loose ends – give a listen to "Blackbird (Only One)," a morphing, feedback and reverb-drenched blissfest that sounds like it came straight off the boat from Manchester.