Well, smack my face and blind my eyes, Are The Roaring Night is truly a revelation for a formerly casual Besnard listener like myself. If you've checked out any press on the group, you've probably read the reference points like My Bloody Valentine caressing Spector's aching head, the Lips, ol' Mercury Rev, psych rawk this, guitar jams that, the blonde blare of late night carpet action, The Beach Boyz in heat and so forth. I'll add a "Bee Gees in dub" angle in there (check out some of the vocal parts on Chicago Train... very Trafalgar-esque indeed). But like the great ones, they distill those influences down to a fine point and proceed to stab away with a whole lotta heart and soul. High marks go to openers "Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent" Parts 1 and 2. The song you always wanted to hear ELO play on a cruise ship, it starts with a tremelo whisper and builds, guitar upon guitar, voice upon voice till the whole ship starts to sway back and forth in rythym to some other time. Second track "Chicago Train" blows the roof the fuck off with it's choral backwash, 'oohhs' and 'aahhs' merging with a guitar line so tasty, I swear George Harrison nods approvingly from the afterlife before pouring himself another drink, smiling.
Record DetailsReleased: 2010
Record Label: Jagjaguwar