Friday, July 29, 2016

Mortal remains

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Zaphod's gig was one of the more exciting surprises of the summer's show lineup; an even better surprise (for everyone except the many local bands champing at the bit for a spot on the bill) was that they brought Switzerland's Klaus Johann Grobe along with them to provide a bit of motorik to the proceedings. Here's singer and keyboardist Sevi!

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

Extra Sevi!

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

They brought a bassist (Ernst, I think?) to broaden their sound.

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

Daniel hits!

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

Daniel sings!

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

And so on!

Klaus Johann Grobe at Zaphod's

Unknown Mortal Orchestra really rocked out live; frontman and main brain Ruban was really burning up the frets.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Ruban sings!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Bass action!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Unknown action!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Drum solo!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Keyboard action!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Zaphod's

Some fun!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mountains and Millions

If you had told me a few months ago I'd be seeing Black Mountain in the cozy confines of Zaphod's, I'd have assumed you were off your rocker, but here we are on a Friday watching Stephen McBean's psychedelic warriors, along with Kid Millions of Oneida's project Man Forever. As it happens, the booking was originally for the somewhat more spacious Ritual, but for whatever reason all the acts scheduled for their have been moved elsewhere. Kid Millions, accompanied by a trio of drummers (including Joshua from Black Mountain), started the evening off with a 30-minute percussion piece.

Man Forever at Zaphod's

Snare drum action!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

Bongos action!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

More percussion with Joshua!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

More Millions!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

Vocal action!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

And so on!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

The whole lot!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

Grimacing action!

Man Forever at Zaphod's

On to Black Mountain; it's been a decade since I saw the Vancouver outfit perform (at Babylon), but I've seen frontman Stephen McBean more recently as part of Obliterations, at Ottawa Explosion in 2015, as well as a while back with Pink Mountaintops. They knocked down the lighting a bit, and the swell of the crowd meant I couldn't really move, but it was a fine-sounding show. Here's the band's best-lit member, bassist Colin!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Stephen works the white.

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Gripping action with Amber!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Stephen sings!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Joshua hits!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Colin sings!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Keyboard action with Jeremy!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

Singalong action!

Black Mountain at Zaphod's

A dynamite night.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The good book

Many years ago I headed over to the Dom to check out the heavy sounds of Illuminati; this was pre-blog, but a few photos did make it on to the Birdman Sound website; a couple of years later they were back for an equally loud gig at Zaphod's. They called it a day in 2007, but no one doubted the various folks involved would be showing up again in various projects, most notably bassist Nick, who's kept pretty busy - the next time I saw him, in 2007, he was backing up ex DFA 1977 man Sebastien Grainger at Bluesfest. A few years later he revved up the mighty machine that is Biblical, along with some folks from Bicycles (who have also made a blog appearance) and Steamboat (of whom I know naught). They were joined by Montreal's Mountain Dust and local power trio Rex Heck; here's Heckler Dave!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Brad hits!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Dave sings!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Danny sings!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Bonus Brad!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

More Danny!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Even more Brad!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Rex Heck at House of Targ

Mountain Dust also raised a mighty noise; they have a new album chock full of extra-heavy blues sounds out. Hal from Eagle Tears was here in November 2013 for a show at Pressed, and Patrick was rocking a Flying V at Mavericks for a 2010 Trigger Effect gig. Here's frontman Brendan!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Patrick!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Blair hits!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

More Patrick!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

More Brendan and Hal!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Bonus Hal!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Patrick works the steel!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Even more Brendan!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

More Blair!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Hal sings!

Mountain Dust at House of Targ

Biblical put on a really good show; they really like to jam out their tunes. Besides Nick, there's Andrew from The Bicycles and The Meligrove Band on guitar and organ, Matt on guitar and Jay on drums.

Biblical at House of Targ

Nick is under there somewhere.

Biblical at House of Targ

Matt rocks the Gibson!

Biblical at House of Targ

Nick sings!

Biblical at House of Targ

There was so much jumping about I busted out the flash.

Biblical at House of Targ

More SG action with Andrew!

Biblical at House of Targ

Jay hits!

Biblical at House of Targ

Biblical action!

Biblical at House of Targ

And so on!

Biblical at House of Targ

Andrew sings!

Biblical at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Biblical at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Biblical at House of Targ

An excellent night.