Saturday, July 19, 2014

Swoop and hover

Friday night I headed over to Pressed on Gladstone to hear some My Bloody Valentine-styled noise and high-volume shoegaze from Halifax's Kestrels and one of several bands named Harsh Reality (this was the Montreal one).

The Mnemonics opened; the Twin/Tone-loving folks from the Centretown Recording Alliance are on a slightly different tip then the other acts of the bill, being fonder of The Replacement than, say, Medicine. Here's singing Colin and bending Dave.

Mnemonics at Pressed

Singalong action with Chris!

Mnemonics at Pressed

Jon hits!

Mnemonics at Pressed

More Chris!

Mnemonics at Pressed

Dave frets!

Mnemonics at Pressed

In the most Canadian act of charity possible, Larry gave Jon his beer after some accidental spillage.

Mnemonics at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Mnemonics at Pressed

The whole lot!

Mnemonics at Pressed

On to the mighty fuzz of Harsh Reality, which features Joni Sadler (also of Caymans and Lungbutter), Kaity Zozula (also of Lungbutter) Eamon Quinn of Alcrete et al., and Sebastien, of whom I know nothing.

Harsh Reality at Pressed

Guitar action with Eamon!

Harsh Reality at Pressed

Joni hits!

Harsh Reality at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Harsh Reality at Pressed

Kestrels finished things off with a brisk set (they had about a half-hour to fill) of songs from their new EP and future record (expected in February). Maybe it's the East Coast connection, but they had me thinking of Eric's Trip.

Kestrels at Pressed

Percussive action with Paul Brown!

Kestrels at Pressed

Devin Peck handles the low end.

Kestrels at Pressed

Chad Peck sings!

Kestrels at Pressed

The whole lot!

Kestrels at Pressed

Rhythm section action!

Kestrels at Pressed

Bendy action!

Kestrels at Pressed

The end!

Kestrels at Pressed

Fine sets from everyone.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Squeeze play

Yes, it's time for another delayed update (my weekend was dedicated to blending stumps), on yet another visit to the House of Targ. Mother's Children released their third album, Lemon, on the weekend, and had Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs and Pale Lips on hand to help them deliver it. It was a bit of a strange occasion because indefatigable man-of-many-bands Davey Quesnelle was mostly out of action ... but more on that nearer post's end.

Pale Lips once again brought their girl-group punk doo-wop and tales of boys, dogs, candy and murder. I still don't know who anyone is, apart from Ilona of the Dagger Eyes.

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Fan action!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

More bass!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Lippy action! Incidentally, I think Pale Lips should cover a Rose Tattoo song, just for thematic ink reasons.

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Extra Ilona!

Pale Lips at House of Targ

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs first impressed at The Ottawa Explosion last year and the year before with their gutsy rock sound, and they were sounding even hotter this time around - also, matching vests! Sam sings!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Everybody's doing it!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

More guitar!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Meanwhile, on the other side of the stage ...

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

More drumming!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Even more singalong action!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

Feedback action!

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs at House of Targ

So, Mother's Children ... bassist Davey had been bed-bound for a week and was not really in a fit shape to play that evening (mostly), so the band rustled up a substitute: House of Targ comment-growler Remi Royale!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Davey! Disobeying doctor's orders!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Okay, now for some actual stand-in-bass work with actual stand-in bassman Seiji of Average Times fame.

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Ken sings!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Citrusy action!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Tim hits!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Seiji sings!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

More Ken!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Of course they had a get well soon card for Davey!

Mother's Children at House of Targ

He felt well enough to sing (and play a bit of bass later, too!).

Mother's Children at House of Targ

Swell sounds all-round.