Sunday, March 19, 2017

Element of risk

Back on March 9 I headed over to House of Targ to catch some heavy instrumental action from local groups Death Cake, Monobrow and Species at Risk (I'm just getting around to posting it now because I've had a horrible cold for the last week). Things started off with duo Death Cake, the duo of Bobbie Vanilla and Jean Michel du Chocolat (possibly not their real names, as the Wig would say). Here's Jean-Michel!

Death Cake at House of Targ

Guitar action with Bobbie!

Death Cake at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Death Cake at House of Targ

More Bobbie!

Death Cake at House of Targ

Caked action!

Death Cake at House of Targ

More Jean-Michel!

Death Cake at House of Targ

Monobrow once again demonstrated why their one of the heaviest bands around - they can certainly hold their own against any doom band out their. They played some stuff from their next album, which has been delayed by the closing of the pressing plant that was doing up the vinyl. Hate April-May is the new due-by date. Here's Brian!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Adjusting action with Paul!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Sam handles the low end.

Monobrow at House of Targ

More Paul!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Wah-wah action!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Extra Sam!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Heavy action!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Monobrow at House of Targ

Species at Risk finished the night off; they'll be back at the House of Targ April 19, opening for Big Knife Little Knife. Here's guitarist Simon and drummer Brendan!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

More guitar with Sean and Simon!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Brendan and bassist Mike!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Extra Sean!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Fretful action!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Brendan hits!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Power Gloved action!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

Even more Sean!

Species at Risk at House of Targ

And finally some extra Brendan.

Species at Risk at House of Targ

A fun time on a frosty night.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's in store

Back at the start of March I headed over to Pressed to check out some pop, psych and punk action courtesy of local heads Slow Dawn, Peterborough fuzzoids Prime Junk and Toronto punks WLMRT.  First up were Prime Junk; the band was founded by Natalie of Watershed Hour and is filled out by other musos from the vibrant Peterborough scene. Here's some rhythm section action!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Guitar action with Natalie!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Primal action!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Percussive action!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Natalie sings!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Bass action!

Prime Junk at Pressed

Extra percussion!

Prime Junk at Pressed

More Natalie!

Prime Junk at Pressed

More bassist!

Prime Junk at Pressed

I switched on the flash for Slow Dawn ... here's some bass action with Jesse!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

Guitar action with Dan!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

More guitar with Sean!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

Chris hits!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

The whole lot!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

More Sean and Jesse!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

Feedback action with Chris and Dan!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

Gripping action!

Slow Dawn at Pressed

WLMRT are a shouty quintet with a lot of energy, Here's singer Shelby (and out-of-focus guitarist Adam).

WLMRT at Pressed

Bassist Kat sings!

WLMRT at Pressed

Alex hits!

WLMRT at Pressed

Close-up synth action with Ryan!

WLMRT at Pressed

A shouty bit!

WLMRT at Pressed

Extra guitar action with Adam!

WLMRT at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

WLMRT at Pressed

Extra Shelby!

WLMRT at Pressed

A fun evening.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy, homely and sick

A week ago I headed over to Bar Robo to check out the quieter side of some of Ottawa's finest loud-makers: Chris Landry usually fronts The Glorious Moonrockets, The Dumb and Homely Band duo are often two-thirds of Slumlord and last time I saw Buddy Smiles he was fronting Swollen Eyes. First, some washboard action from D&H's Sev!

Dumb & Homely at Bar Robo

T.J. sings!

Dumb & Homely at Bar Robo

Singalong action!

Dumb & Homely at Bar Robo

Washboard-rockin' action!

Dumb & Homely at Bar Robo

Extra T.J.!

Dumb & Homely at Bar Robo

On to Buddy Smiles, who was joined by Ommie Jane from Coccinella on keys.

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Ommie works the keys!

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Smiley action!

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Buddy action!

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Extra Buddy!

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Singalong action!

Buddy Smiles at Bar Robo

Chris Landry finished the night with some heartsick tuneage; his Seasick Momma for the occasion was Jim from The Ven Dreddies (and elsewhere).

Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas

Jim sings!

Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas

Chris sings!

Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas

Singalong action!

Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas

A fun night out.