Friday, November 21, 2014

Well grounded

On to Saturday night's Surf and Turf shenanigans. This was also a chance for host Patrick Shanks to show off his new outfit, The Sir John A. Macdonalds, in what might be their first and last show. Here's some birthday action (the birthday in question was bassist Chris Cook's wife, Devin's).

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Chris Anderson, seen just a short while ago with Dead Wrestler at the Dominion Tavern.

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Guitar action!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Chris sings!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Percussive action with Liam!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Prime ministerial action!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Singalong action!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

More guitar!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

The Sir John A. Macdonalds at House of Targ

The Pow Wows really rocked the house with some garage rock power trio action. Here's some guitar action with Rocky Baudelaire!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Juarez Laredo handles the bass.

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Legs Laredo on drums!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Bonus Rocky!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Juarez sings!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Extra Legs!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

More Juarez!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

The whole lot!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

Rocky sings!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

The end!

The Pow Wows at House of Targ

It's been a while since I saw Muck & The Mires. The Beantown bashers gyrated onto the Irene's stage back in September 2007. Then they were recent recipients of Little Steven's Underground Garage band battle trophy and Muck was looking a lot like Ian Hunter. He still does! Here's drummer Jesse!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Muck (or Evan Shore, as Queers fans might recognize) sings!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Pete Mire was in the Mires' first incarnation, and returned to resume his guitar throne.

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Extra Jesse!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

John Quincy Mire on the bassy end.

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Mucky action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Extra John!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Harmonica action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Pete sings!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

More Jesse!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Mired action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Swampy action!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

Extra Pete!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

The end!

Muck & The Mires at House of Targ

A fine end to this year's Surf and Turf shindig!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Something in the water

Ottawa has a long and healthy history of instrumental and garage rock groups, and it's no surprise that someone combined them to make a Surf and Turf two-nighter. It's also not a surprise that person is Patrick Shanks of The Glads, Knurlings, and too many other combos to name. It all went down at the House of Targ starting on Friday with sets from Kingston's Huaraches, Evil Streaks (who went instrumental for the surf evening) and Bytown's own Reverb Syndicate.

Here's some rhythm section action with Aidan and Steve!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Guitar and dancing action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

More dancing!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Extra Aidan!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Shakin' action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Extra Scott!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

More Adam!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

If the shoe fits action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

More Scott'n'Chris.

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Bonus Aidan!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Hand-clapping action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

Masked action!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

And so on!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

The end!

The Huaraches at House of Targ

On to the cool cats of The Evil Streaks. The Massachusetts outfit are garage rockers at heart, but apparently they made a big impression with a vocals-free outing last year in New York, and were invited up for a repeat. Here's Myra and The Rev.

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Mosritely action with Jim Kozik!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Too Fast Jim and The Rev!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Extra Jim!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Even more Myra!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

Evil action!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Evil Streaks at House of Targ

The Reverb Syndicate tied a bow on the night with a really good-sounding set.

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Syndicated action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Bass action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

More guitar!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Reverberating action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Crowded action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

More Mike!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Disco ball action!

Reverb Syndicate at House of Targ

Stay tuned for turf!