When Besnard Lakes formed eight years ago, the Montreal-based quartet “didn’t really expect much,” according to drummer Kevin Laing.
That’s made its relative success, including Polaris Music Prize nominations for two of its three albums, a pleasant surprise.
“We weren’t sure how it was all going to be received,” says Ontario native Laing, 25, “but it’s a living-ish now, and it’s a lot of fun. And we’re still just doing the same thing we started doing, just making records we like to make.
“We have a bit of a slow burn on a lot of people. It takes them even a month of listening to (the albums) and it clicking with them. We’re not exactly a first listen that’s going to adhere right away, but eventually people come back to it. It’s more of a thoughtful listen, certainly not something that’s going to jump out and grab you.”
Besnard Lakes is still pushing its third album, 2010’s “The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night,” but the quartet recently finished another film score, following its work on Mark Ruffalo’s 2009 directorial debut “Sympathy For Delicious.”
“All our songs sound kind of cinematic,” Laing notes, “but the song structure is still something that’s probably a little more difficult than doing film stuff. It has to be a little more memorable than just soundscape kinds of things.
“But with film, if you want to try something it’s just, ‘Let’s do it.’ You can try any type of thing, and if it doesn’t work you move on. It’s very experimental and freer than writing music for the albums.”
The Besnard Lakes and Lia Ices perform Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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