Friday, January 20, 2017

Through the haze

I try to get to every edition of Switched On Synths, and since the Friday of the 13th Edition promised something a bit more experimental I was more intrigued than usual. Ottawa's Big River Dream took the stage first, with a visual assist from Flone.av. Here's one of my Instagram pics from the evening.

Big River Dream at House of Targ

Projection action with Flone.av!

Big River Dream at House of Targ

Dreamy action!

Big River Dream at House of Targ

Then Flone.av added some audio to their visual.

Flone-av at House of Targ

Adjusting action!

Flone-av at House of Targ

And so on!

Flone-av at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Flone-av at House of Targ

On to Me Float and Hazy Montagne Mystique, a pair of Jeunesse Cosmique labelmates who teamed up for an improv set.

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

Electronic action!

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

It was pretty dark on stage so I had to set my camera's ISO to "extra-grit."

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

Once again Flone.av provided some projection.

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

Hazy vocal action!

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

Floaty vocal action!

Hazy Montagne Mystique and Me Float at House of Targ

Sometimes a little more disjointed than I like my sounds, but pretty cool anyway.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Return of the heavy

Last Saturday I made another trip to House of Targ for some birthday celebrating. Targ co-owner and heavy music standby Paul "Yogi" Granger is another year older and he reunited with his old Tokyosexwhale bandmates for one more gig. Boom Creek did the opening honours - here's bassist Wayne (also of the No-Men and Four Frames).

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Guitar action with Ian!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Adam (of BlackBread) hits!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Former Dead City Rebel Neil works the floor!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

And so on!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Extra Ian!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Ian sings!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Unbuttoned action!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Extra Adam!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Stucco-scraping action!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Creeky action!

Boom Creek at House of Targ

Public Animal also played a killer set; I think Ian Blurton's tone gets better every time I see hime play live. Here he is with Eric on bass!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Caitlyn!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Ryan hits!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Caitlyn sings!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Extra Eric!

Public Animal at House of Targ

More Ryan!

Public Animal at House of Targ

And so on!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Look over there action!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Bearded action!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Even more Caitlyn!

Public Animal at House of Targ

Animal action!

Public Animal at House of Targ

It was cool to see Tokyosexwhale again after six years; Julia has moved to Toronto and is drawing up a storm, J.P. is drumming with Loviatar and Paul is of course helping to run the show at Targ and playing in BlackBread. Here he is working the frets with his old trio!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

Bass action with Julia!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

J.P. hits!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

Extra Paul!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

Julia sings!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

And so on!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

Even more J.P.!

Tokyo Sex Whale at House of Targ

A great night for fans of heavy guitar music.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

New voices

I figure it's a good idea to start the new year by checking out some bands I've never seen before. I went over to House of Targ for Volume 2 of "Voice Of A Generation" to catch a quartet of punk rock acts. Photographing the local scene for more than a dozen years means that there's always a few familiar faces, so even though openers Omerta are pretty fresh, you'll recognize some folks if you've been following the blog. First, here's some guitar action with Rick!

Omerta at House of Targ

Sierra sings, Dan bangs head!

Omerta at House of Targ

More Rick and Patrick!

Omerta at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Omerta at House of Targ

Patrick hits!

Omerta at House of Targ

Extra Rick!

Omerta at House of Targ

More Dan!

Omerta at House of Targ

Silent action!

Omerta at House of Targ

More Dan!

Omerta at House of Targ

Up next, Pok Gai; you've seen Will before playing guitar with Shackles, drumming with such bands as Alcohol Fuelled, now here he is singing (with an assist from Ataxia's Frank)!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Bass action with Tim (also Alcohol Fuelled)!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Tasha (of Slumlord) hits!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Guitar-action with Matt!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Spikey-haired action!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Extra Trasha!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Extra Will!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

And so on!

Pok Gai at House of Targ

It was also the birthday of Sammy, who got a celebratory dousing with silly string.

Pok Gai at House of Targ

Ataxia was celebrating the release of their new tape.

Ataxia at House of Targ

Frank sings!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Scott (of many loccal punk bands) reaches for a new stick!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Guitar action with Aaron!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Extra Frank!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Bass action with Kailey!

Ataxia at House of Targ

More Scott!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Winking action!

Ataxia at House of Targ

More bass!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Even more Scott!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Disorderly action!

Ataxia at House of Targ

Cacophonous Montreal hardcore combo Drip closed the night with some raucous sounds. I don't know who anyone in the band is, so here they are!

Drip at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Drip at House of Targ

Bass action!

Drip at House of Targ

Flying V action!

Drip at House of Targ

Gripping action!

Drip at House of Targ

More drumming!

Drip at House of Targ

Aiming action!

Drip at House of Targ

The next edition of Voice of A Generation rolls out Feb. 25 at the House of Targ.