Live Music This Week: The Implicate Order EP Release

Calgary quartet showcases new sonic maturity.

The Implicate Order with The Evidence and Craic the Lens

Saturday, July 19, 9 p.m.
Dickens, 1000 9th Ave. S.W.
Tickets: $15

The two years since recording their seven-song debut, “Hollow Process,” have seen the members of Calgary alt-rock foursome The Implicate Order go through a bit of an evolution.

“I’ve seen the band evolve through some of the experiences we’ve had,” says singer and guitarist Christina Lackowicz. “Things like being able to travel to Toronto for Indie Week Canada last year really helped us put a lot into perspective in regards to exposure, performance, sound and understanding the industry.

“We have definitely rethought our approach to arrangements and sounds,” she adds.

That new thinking shows on The Implicate Order’s new six-track EP, “Lust; Ad Nauseam.” The band’s sound has been tightened, focused and reined in to create a cohesive soundscape – one that sounds like a band rather than four individuals. Lackowicz gives producer-engineers Craig Newnes and Spencer Cheyne at The Station Recording Co. in Calgary much of the credit for the polished sound.

“Their expertise was super important. The feel of the album is, I think, I little more mature but still edgy and angst-ridden.” As for that angst, it stems from the band’s willingness to analyze real-world issues and address them in music.

“The theme behind this EP is the contrast of idealism versus raw, human reality,” Lackowicz says. “It speaks about these unattainable standards we create within our relationships, display in media and lust after in life. We incessantly beat ourselves up over failing to achieve what we assume everyone already has -it’s a self-loathing, depreciating, destruction of our own human worth and self-esteem.”

Sonically, the band, which consists of bassist Tyler Allard, guitarist Gene Lachica and drummer Josh Nadeau along with Lackowicz, boasts peerless musicianship and a talent for not sounding like anyone else. Lackowicz’s voice is as powerful as ever, resonant, pliable and expressive without any hint of showing off.

Joining The Implicate Order for Saturday’s EP release show will be veteran Calgary rock trio The Evidence and Celtic-flavoured rockers Craic the Lens.

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