The Besnard Lakes lay waste to the Entry
|Photo by Erik Thompson|
The band played everything from their new record (save for "The Lonely Moan"), a highlight being the four-song run of "The Land Of Living Skies Pt. 1 & 2," "Chicago Train," Albatross," and "And This Is What We Call Progress," which was devastating in the live setting. The band clearly doesn't suppress the influence that '60s and '70s rock has had on their music (and Lasek's fashion sense, which is decidedly throwback), and when the smoke machines were going full-force I felt as if a tiny Stonehenge might slowly be lowered on stage. But they are able to add a modern mood and dimension to their sound that makes it seem current instead of just a pale imitation of a bygone form.
Plus, the band are just so likable that you can't help but pull for them while being swept away by their immense, epic sound. They closed out the main set on a complete high with two older songs, the blistering one-two punch of "Disaster" and "And You Lied To Me," my favorite song of the night. After a brief break, the band returned to lead the audience in another group toast (with us cheering them, and they, in turn, cheering us), before ending the show with the slow-building intensity of "Light Up The Night" and "Thomasina," from the band's debut Volume I. The Besnard Lakes are a group with grand, superlative songs and a winning personality to match, and that combination easily won over the Entry, making all who were there glad that we made the right choice that evening.