PREMIERE – Lakelse releases video for “Special Thanks”

Victoria, BC-based band, Lakelse are unveiling their live music video for “Special Thanks” today. The single is off of the band’s previously released EP, The Prospect of the Dream. The video was directed by William Wilkinson and Oliver Brooks of Ft. Langley and features a live performance of the song “Special Thanks” and features a dance choreographed and performed by Rebeka Krest a talented dancer from Calgary.

Check out the video below and find out more about Lakelse in our newest segment of Five Questions With below.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Nash Park, I am the play guitar and sing in a band called Lakelse.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I always struggle with this question. What I hope is that the music comes across as something that is dynamic and intimate but above all else, honest. In the songs, we try and tackle big ideas about life, love, and the struggle of figuring it all out. My hope is that when these intimate ideas are mixed with a large soundscape they feed off of one another in a way that elevates both.

The songs seem to be born out of a single part, something that sticks and really moves me. It could it be a guitar riff, a synth lead, or a vocal melody paired with a strong lyric. If it hits me in that certain way I know I’ve got something and use it as a jumping off point to write the rest of the song. We are in the final stages of recording our first full-length album and every song that will be on the on the new record was written this way.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yes, we have a couple shows coming up over the next month. We are playing Friday, February 8th in Victoria, BC at Vinyl Envy and Saturday, February 23rd at The Vault Cafe in Nanaimo, BC. For our live shows, we do everything we can to play the songs as they are recorded and make them feel as big as possible. We have even just recently recruited a fifth member to help tackle the new songs we have written as well as to make things easier for some of the older songs.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

That song right now would be “The Giants are on Fire” from our EP the “The Prospect of the Dream EP”. I’ve always felt that it has been our flagship song and it really encapsulates everything we’re trying to do. It has that balance of a huge sound and with intimate lyrics and it still rings true to me every time we play it. I don’t think it will hold that spot for long though, we have some new songs that we’ve recorded that I am really excited about and I cannot wait for people to hear.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I have quite a few Canadian artists in regular rotation right now: Arcade Fire, Royal Canoe, The Weakerthans, and Mounties. Currently though at the top of the pile has to be We Are the City. In my opinion, everything they do is a home run. From an artistic and creative perspective if I could produce anything with half the quality I could die satisfied with myself.

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