Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bubblegum brickbats

Last Friday I headed over to Gabba Hey for the return of Ottawa's own Peach Kelli Pop. Also on hand, Sammy J of the New Swears taking a solo turn in a 1970s druggy singer-songwriter mode and Gaycation.

As Allie noted, Sammy was part of PKP's first touring band (along with fellow Girlfriend Nigel).

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Keyboard action with Shitty Mike!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Fretful action!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Percussive action!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Singalong action!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

And so on!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Guitar solo!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Cymbalic action with Shawn!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Mike sings!

Sammy J. at Gabba Hey

Up next were Gaycation, a shouty post-punk crew with an interest in LGBT issues - they're a band of many pronouns. Also they have their own pennant banner.

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Faelan sings! You may recall him DJing at the recent New Fries show. Alanna frets!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Britt strums, LP hits!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

The whole lot!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

More LP!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Alanna sings!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

More Faelan!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Bonus Britt!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

LP does a pronoun roundup!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Vacation action!

Gaycation at Gabba Hey

Allie's out in California now, but she's been taking Peach Kelli Pop all over, and has just released her third album. She had a pretty capable bunch of musicians on hand to back her up this time as well; Jessica Owen plays guitar, Jessica Feeney plays bass, Mindee Jorgensen drums and Vanessa Gonzalez plays keyboards and tambourines a bit. The crowd was certainly excited - maybe a bit too excited, since some of the slam-dancers caromed of the back of the people standing in front of the stage with enough force to push them into the microphone stands and right into Owen's face- ouch!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

Vanessa shakes and sings!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

Mindee hits!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

Audience reaction action!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

Jessicas action!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

More singalong action!

Peach Kelli Pop at Gabba Hey

They're now in the Lone Star State stretch of their tour, and plan to make it to Japan later this year.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Their other band

It's been a few months since I headed over to Pressed to see a show (the last time was to catch Pharmakon), but last Saturday's show with I Smell Blood, Whoop-Szo, Darlene Shrugg and Blue Angel was not to be missed. Darlene Shrugg in particular have been roiling the waters in Toronto for a little while now (at least a half-dozen people I know wrote or said "I saw them open for Do Make Say Think and they blew me away," or something like it after the show announcement), and I was mightily intrigued by the talk around Whoop-Szo.

Whoop-Szo played first. The group is centred around Kristin Palm (who was up north for the show) and Adam Sturgeon, who is Ojibwe. They have a tangled folk-metal sound that I can imagine appealing to a wide range of open-minded folks - fans of Carlangas and Wayne Omaha would dig their sounds, I suspect. Here's Adam (at right), with drummer Eric (also of I Smell Blood) and bassist Joe (also of London's Wild Domestics).

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Keyboard action with Andrew (also of Wild Domestics)!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Joe sings!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Adam bends!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Hair-shaking action!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

More guitar!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Eric hits!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Singalong action!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

More keyboard!

Whoop-Szo at Pressed

Adam recommended everyone grab some earplus before I Smell Blood's set, and with good reason, as Zach and Eric really bring the pummel to their bass-and-drums setup.

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Eric hits!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Shaggy action!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Zach is under there somewhere.

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Hair-shaking action!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

More Eric!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

The whole lot!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

And so on!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Feedback action!

I Smell Blood at Pressed

Darlene Shrugg have already got the blogs in a tizzy over their glammed out sound. They have a strong roster of museums, including Slim Twig and his former Tropics-mate Simone, the various members of Ice Cream and U.S. Girls' Meg Remy. Here's Slim, Amanda Jane Crist and Carlyn Bezic!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

A.J. sings, Simone hits!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Meg works the crowd.

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Slim sings!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Singalong action!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Extra Simone!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Carlyn frets!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Meg adjusts that dial.

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Extra Carlyn and Simone!

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Amanda Jane wins for best pants.

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

There was also a fine cover of Some Weird Sin.

Darlene Shrugg at Pressed

Blue Angel wrapped things up with a short, punchy set - then they headed over to Mugshots to DJ. Here's some masked action with Caylie!

Blue Angel at Pressed

Sam sings!

Blue Angel at Pressed

Guitar action with Lidija!

Blue Angel at Pressed

Caylie sings!

Blue Angel at Pressed

The whole lot!

Blue Angel at Pressed

Extra Lidija!

Blue Angel at Pressed

More Sam!

Blue Angel at Pressed

And so on!

Blue Angel at Pressed

An excellent evening.