Sunday, October 19, 2014

Folk explosion

Friday I popped over to Pressed again for some folk-styled action. Ex-Ottawan Gianna Lauren was back in town (yes, she has to go to Halifax before I can finally get around to seeing her live here), Edmontonian Jom Comyn made the trek east and Bytown's own Winchester Warm filed out the middle.

Gianna rocks the semi-hollow.

Gianna Lauren at Pressed

Bass action!

Gianna Lauren at Pressed

Gianna sings!

Gianna Lauren at Pressed

The ever-popular Marshall Bureau (who's also done time in Octoberman).

Gianna Lauren at Pressed

And so on!

Gianna Lauren at Pressed

Winchester Warm rocked things up a bit with their set. It's been quite a while since I saw them as a full band - that was at Bluesfest 2012 with Sarah Hallman on bass. Since then they've added some extra acreage, with Michael from Acres joining bandmate Matthew.

Winchester Warm at Pressed

John works the frets.

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Matt sings!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Matthew ups the guitar power.

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Matthew sings!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Jon sings!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

More Matt!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

The end!

Winchester Warm at Pressed

Jom Comyn wrapped things up in fine style. On record he makes me think quite a bit of early Smog; things were stripped down to just him with a guitar for this set, which made things a bit sparser.

Jom Comyn at Pressed

Toe-tapping action! I may have to start a blog just of performers' footwear.

Jom Comyn at Pressed

Jom sings!

Jom Comyn at Pressed

And so on!

Jom Comyn at Pressed

A fine evening of sounds, though at the end I was more than ready to curl up and go to bed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Solo groups

Last Saturday I once again headed to Pressed to check out a diverse bill pulling sounds from the folk, experimental and post rock realms, among others. Black Hairgrease - a.k.a. one man diverse bill Blake Hargreaves of Caymans and others, opened things up with some crooning loops.

Black Hairgrease at Pressed

Blake slides!

Black Hairgrease at Pressed

Well, you get the idea, another intriguing musical outlet from Hargreaves.

Black Hairgrease at Pressed

Philadelphia's Hermit Thrushes have some unusual sounds of their own. The quartet sounded to me like they were making downbeat tunes for broken wind-up toys. They certainly like their songs brief, several of them started and stopped abruptly. Here's guitarist Yianni Kourmadas, violinist Andrew Keller and keyboardist Spencer Carew.

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Yianni also handled most of the singing.

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Taryn Jones rounds out the group.

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Andrew bows!

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Spencer hits a bit!

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Extra Taryn!

Hermit Thrushes at Pressed

Montreal's Maica Mia ended the evening with a first rate set. Playing as a duo with drummer Johnny Paradise, Mia's music put me slightly in mind of Heavy Mountain.

Maica Mia at Pressed

Maica sings!

Maica Mia at Pressed
Johnny hits!

Maica Mia at Pressed

The whole lot!

Maica Mia at Pressed

Hair-swirling action!

Maica Mia at Pressed

A great capper.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Heavy water

A week ago I headed over to pressed to check out a couple of local acts and a pair of travelling combos ... then I sat on the photos for a while because things got crazy busy at work. Now that I'm no longer in a crawlspace in Cornwall stuffing insulation between joists, I can share them with the world (or at least more of the world that looks at my Flickr account). First on the bill were Grime Kings, who were showing off a bunch of new material in somewhat haphazard fashion, along with a song from Calum Runciman's early days.

Grime Kings at Pressed

Alex frets!

Grime Kings at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Grime Kings at Pressed

"Great sound check, eh guys?"

Grime Kings at Pressed

Extra Jimmy!

Grime Kings at Pressed

More Alex!

Grime Kings at Pressed

On to Victoria's Backhomes, a duo who struck me like a more song-focussed Spacemen 3 ... Spacemen 2? They use loops and throw in some harmonica as well. Here's Aimee Van Drimmelen!

The Backhomes at Pressed

Vocal action from Kees Decker! Kees has performed with Montreal psych titans The Besnard Lakes but not, as far as I can tell, at any of the shows I've caught.

The Backhomes at Pressed

More Aimee!

The Backhomes at Pressed

Extra Kees!

The Backhomes at Pressed

Homey action!

The Backhomes at Pressed

Kees frets!

The Backhomes at Pressed

The Heavy Medicine Band followed with a knockout set of soulful alt-rock. They used to travel under frontwoman Keturah Johnson's name but have recently undergone a brand change. They'll be playing again up at The Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 24.

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Robert frets!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Bass action with Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Lit action with Keturah!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

More Robert!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Chris hits!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Gripping action!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Medicinal action!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Heavy action!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Extra Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Feedback action!

Heavy Medicine Band at Pressed

Bad River wrapped up the night with some spacy grunge. They're fronted by Thomas Huhtala, who also has a good line in bluesy psych.

Bad River at Pressed

Bryan Goman hits!

Bad River at Pressed

Geoff Fogden handles the low end ... normally the band is a quartet, but Andrew McGill was not about.

Bad River at Pressed

Thomas sings!

Bad River at Pressed

The other side of Mr. Huhtala.

Bad River at Pressed

Extra Geoff!

Bad River at Pressed

More Bryan!

Bad River at Pressed

Riverine action!

Bad River at Pressed

Bad action!

Bad River at Pressed

Solid all around!