Sunday, September 14, 2014

Koo-koo-ka-joob

A week ago Saturday I headed over to Mugshots to check out Toronto's The Auras and Haligonians Walrus. I caught The Auras at a Debaser-curated show featuring The Swollen Eyes and Spectre in August 2013. Then as now, they gave off quite a Brian Jonestown-styled vibe.

The Auras at Mugshots

Keyboard action with David Zboch-Alves!

The Auras at Mugshots

Jangly action with Robb Schaede!

The Auras at Mugshots

Vox action with Dallas Wheeler!

The Auras at Mugshots

Aaron McCoy hits!

The Auras at Mugshots

Bass action with Hank Von Harten!

The Auras at Mugshots

Psychedelic action!

The Auras at Mugshots

Robb sings!

The Auras at Mugshots

Hank sings!

The Auras at Mugshots

On to Walrus, who put on a terrific show, super psychedelic pop. I gather they were a sextet last year, now they're down to a hard-hitting quartet.

Walrus at Mugshots

Percussive action with Jordan Murphy!

Walrus at Mugshots

Some great guitarwork as well from Justin McGrath, while Adam Ledrew provides a solid bottom.

Walrus at Mugshots

Justin Murphy rocks the Danelectro (and does most of the singing).

Walrus at Mugshots

More guitar!

Walrus at Mugshots

Justin sings!

Walrus at Mugshots

The whole lot!

Walrus at Mugshots

Pinniped action!

Walrus at Mugshots

Extra Jordan!

Walrus at Mugshots

More McGrath!

Walrus at Mugshots

Justin works the pedals!

Walrus at Mugshots

A swell evening.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Trees and bees

Back in May I was at Pressed to watch Rob Snasdell-Taylor of King Kung fame return to the stage (incidentally, King Kung, The Four Frames and Double Pumpers will be at the House of Targ Sept. 27 for some en masse reunionizing). His performance was sandwiched between sets by Trees of North America (their first) and Dead Bees. Unfortunately, I goofed the night before, drained my camera battery and had to fall back on my iPhone. Fortunately, The Deads Bees and Trees of North America hit the stage again this Thursday at the House of Targ, this time with Saint Clare taking the centre slot. Here's Christine Chesser and Darrel Angus, with Patrick Shanks on bass.

Trees of North America at House of Targ

Scott Terry - another King Kung vet - shows the black emtal love.

Trees of North America at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

More Darrel!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

Christine sings!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

Darrel sings!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

The end!

Trees of North America at House of Targ

Saint Clare rocked the place with their brass-backed garage pop.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Nick DiSaverio slides.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Matthew sings!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Ryan Shannon and Daniel DeVries!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Casey Comeau handles the keys.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Morgan Grant rocks the tenor sax.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Richard Jeffries frets.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

More Matthew!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Saintly action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Jumping about!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

More guitar!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

And so on!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Richard sings!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Fretful action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Grimacing action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

The audience thinned a bit by the time The Dead Bees hit the stage, but as before they put on a great show, really tuneful stuff from these guys as always. Here's Chris!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

Here's another Chris.

Dead Bees at House of Targ

Kosta sings!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

Extra Chris!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

Bass action!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

More Kosta!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

And so on!

Dead Bees at House of Targ

Unfortunately I had to split early, but what I saw was top notch.