Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Riding the wave

Friday I took a break from letter to check out the surf-influenced sounds of Wakefield's Madafakas, fellow surf fans Casa Lagarto and Nightshades, courtesy of the House of Targ (with a helping hand from the Beau's folks).

Casa Lagarto took the stage first (I actually arrived as they were starting up a number). This was their first gig.

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

Singalong action! That's Jonny from The Yips at left.

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

More Jonny!

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

Hammy action with Sterling!

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

The end!

Casa Lagarto at House of Targ

The Nightshades provided a garage-styled interlude. Here's Geoff!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Mallory sings!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Bass action with Sarah!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Extra Geoff!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Harmonious action!

Nightshades at House of Targ

And so on!

Nightshades at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Nightshades at House of Targ

The Madafakas tied a bow on the night with some surf and punk inflected sounds. I dare say their wardrobe owes a bit to The Clash, and their sound does too.

Madafakas at House of Targ

Projected action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Danelectro action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

The Madafakas are a lively lot, so I had to switch over to flash.

Madafakas at House of Targ

More guitar!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

More running about!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Crouching action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Up-and-down action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

Vocal action!

Madafakas at House of Targ

As I said, a really lively bunch and well worth checking out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Metal menu

It's been a metal week so far, starting with a voyage Thursday to the House of Targ to check out Merdarahta (featuring various Fuck The Fact folks, among others), tow-piece Auto-Racing and Black Oak Decline.

Auto-Racing was up first. It's been a while since I saw them live, at a Zaphod's Monday Showcase gig back in July 2008. Here's Cosmo!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

Percussive action with Aaron Clark!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

Cosmo sings! His voice still reminds me quite a bit of Masters of Reality frontman Chris Goss.

Auto Racing at House of Targ

More Aaron!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

Tapping action!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

Instrumental action!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

Even more Aaron!

Auto Racing at House of Targ

This was my first time seeing Merdarahta. In addition to FTF couple Topon Das and Mel Mongeon, you've got Seb Choquette (Mekhaya, Biipiigwan) on guitar and Leigh Newton (Street Meat, World War 4) on drums. They're taking a more experimental, ambient direction than most of the members' other projects. This was an album release show for their first offering, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset (available on Bandcamp, natch). Here's Seb ....

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Leigh sings!

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Shouty Mel!

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Topon takes a spin on six-string bass.

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Headbanging action!

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Ambient action!

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Extra Leigh!

Merdarahta at House of Targ

Black Oak Decline finished off the night with a ripping set.

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

Neil's had a haircut since I saw them at the Daily Grind.

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

Tony hits!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

Extra Tony!

Black Oak Decline at House of Targ

A nicely varied evening.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hanging on the telephone

On Saturday I went over to the House of Targ to see local punkers and hotly tipped Telephone Explosion recording artists Cellphone. Chloroform kicked things off with their d-beat meets The Wipers sound. The first time I heard them, I thought they were cool straight up thrashy punk; nowadays they make me think of Afflicted Man.

Rhythm section action!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

Vocal action!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

The whole lot!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

Blurry action!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

Yes, I did take a few non-flash-abusing photos ....

Chloroform at the House of Targ

More Scott!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

More bass!

Chloroform at the House of Targ

The folks in Cellphone do include a synth player among their ranks, and from advance billing I was expecting something along the lines of Zebrassieres or The Epoxies, but the band has a more rama-lama sound. They noted they didn't get a lot of opportunities to play with punk bands before plunging into their set ... I can see them appealing to fans of, say, Motorpsycho.

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Vocal action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Soon-to-be bloodstained guitar action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Percussive action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Phonic action!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

More drumming!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

The whole lot!

Cellphone at the House of Targ

Kids, just don't string your guitar with cheesewire.

Cellphone at the House of Targ

A pair of punchy sets.