Friday, July 03, 2015

Fade to white

After a quick bite to eat on Friday, I headed back to the Ottawa Explosion to check out the evening's slate of music, starting with Ottawa's gravelly folk-punkers Dead Weights.

Dead Weights at Mugshots

Faceoff action!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

More guitar!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

Rhythm section action!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

The shouty bit!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

Laser-guided percussive action!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

More singing!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

I popped back over to the SAW Gallery courtyard to catch some of the festival's comedy showcase, but it wasn't really my thing.

Comedy at CLub SAW

So, back to Mugshots for some Dead Weights singalong action!

Dead Weights at Mugshots

Allright, here's the tail end of showcase host Greg Houston's standup bit.

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Setting up behind him, Philadelphia's Sheer Mag, who put on one of my favourite sets of the festival. Here's drummer Allen Chapman.

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

Christina Hallyday works the microphone. Brothers Kyle and Hart Seely are behind her.

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

Matt Palmer rocks the SG.

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

More Christina!

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

Bonus brothers!

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

Allen hits!

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

The other side of the Seely brothers!

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

The crowd goes wild!

Sheer Mag at Club SAW

That done, I headed back to Mugshots to check out Finderskeepers. Yes, Devin and Chris found a babysitter for their new tot, so the show must go on!

FindersKeepers at Mugshots

Jon sings! "I just know the baby is going to replace me!"

FindersKeepers at Mugshots

The whole lot!

FindersKeepers at Mugshots

Chris frets!

FindersKeepers at Mugshots

Chris sings!

FindersKeepers at Mugshots

I did a lot of running around on Friday; this time I scampered back to the courtyard to check out mod masters The Tranzmitors, who made a quick jaunt East from Vancouver to play some tunes in the vicinity.

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

Here's bassist Mike!

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

And guitarist Nick!

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

Singalong action!

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

Jeff sings!

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

Bryce hits!

Tranzmitorz at Club SAW

Then I dashed back to Mugshots for a bit of rough-and-ready combo Boilermaker, a Chicago combo who like their noise hard (and, apparently, Brazilian death metal). Here's guitarist Jim Gies!

Boilerman at Mugshots

Boiling action!

Boilerman at Mugshots

Rhythm section action with bassist Kris di Benedetto and drummer Joey Kappel!

Boilerman at Mugshots

Kris is a bendy fellow.

Boilerman at Mugshots

Manly action!

Boilerman at Mugshots

More shouting with Jim!

Boilerman at Mugshots

Now that's what I call a rock jump.

Boilerman at Mugshots

At the top of the gallery's courtyard bill were hometown heroes The White Wires; Allie made the trip up to Ottawa to handle drum duties and there was much enthusiasm from the crowd. Here's Ian!

The White Wires at Club SAW

Allie hits!

The White Wires at Club SAW

Ian sings!

The White Wires at Club SAW

Luke rocks the low end.

The White Wires at Club SAW

The whole lot!

The White Wires at Club SAW

Some microphone-stand abuse forced Ian and Luke to double up.

The White Wires at Club SAW

Repair action with Pierre!

The White Wires at Club SAW

Extra Allie!

The White Wires at Club SAW

And that's all I'll post for now or else this damn thing will never get out the door.

Monday, June 29, 2015

TGIF

Back to our intermittent Ottawa Explosion coverage: Friday featured something new, an afternoon lineup of shows at Mugshots. The weather was perfect in the courtyard, and it was a fine opportunity to catch Brooklynites The Jeanies playing some perfect 1970s style powerpop, along with Century Palm, their associates in Tough Age and Ottawa's own Terrible Liars. First up, The Jeanies, a particular treat for me since I missed their Avant-Garde show the night before.

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Dylan hits!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

The whole sun-dappled lot! That's Kyle, Joey and Ryan from left to right.

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Singalong action!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Kyle rocks the Ric.

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Joey rocks Burton Cummings' haircut and mustache (from about 1971)!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Ryan sings!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Bonus Dylan!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Tipping point action!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Stringed action!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

That ol' ball and chain action!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

Extra Joey!

The Jeanies at Mugshots

On to Terrible Liars! They're now the only band Davey Quesnelle is in, shockingly enough.

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Reflective action with Brendan!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Stringed action with Brendan and Johnny!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

More Johnny!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Phil hits!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

The whole lot!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Davey works the tongue!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

The whole lot!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Davey sings!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Extra Phil!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Terrible action!

Terrible Liars at Mugshots

Century Palm were up next; they played a fine set a while back at Pressed, but were down a member since guitarist and keyboardist Penny Locke was stuck down in the Big Smoke. Most of these folks already made an appearance with Tough Age's show the night before, so here they are again! Here's Alex Hamlyn, making his first appearance.

Century Palm at Mugshots

Penny works the keys.

Century Palm at Mugshots

Singalong action with Andrew Payne and Paul Lawton!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Extra Paul!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Jesse hits!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Paul sings!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Andrew strums!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Extra Alex and Penny!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Fisheye action!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Saxophonic action!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Palmist action with Penny and Jesse!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Extra Jesse!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Alex adjusts!

Century Palm at Mugshots

Then it was off for a bite to eat.