Saturday, February 17, 2018

Let there be Mega

Megaphono descended on Ottawa last week, bringing with it scores of musical acts and music industry folks for a whole mess of networking and discussion grouping and performing. I went to House of Targ to see Michael Rault perform; the first act on the bill was Toronto's Queen of Swords, a new project from Aerin Fogel of The Bitters.

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Kritty!

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

Aerin sings!

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

Regal action!

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

And so on!

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

More Kritty!

Queen of Swords at House of Targ

Thunder Bay/Toronto/wherever groovers Sunshine & The Blue Moon played next; here's frontman Sunshine!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Sunshine sings!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Bass action!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

And so on!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

More percussion!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

More vocals!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Sunshine & The Blue Moon at House of Targ

Ottawa's own Expanda Fuzz followed them with some fuzzy stuff of their own. Here's Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

Bass action with Chris!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

More Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

Guitar action with Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

More Chris!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Expanda Fuzz at House of Targ

Michael Rault brought things too a most satisfying conclusion with his classic rock and pop-loving sounds. Here's Michael!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

I made a note of who the other musicians in his band were, but my iPhone ate it, so all I can say is there's a two-in-five chance that at least one of these guys is named Matthew.

Michael Rault at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

More Michael!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

Pecussive action!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

Michael sings!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

More vocals!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

And so on!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

More guitar!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Michael Rault at House of Targ

A swell night out.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Rich Corinthian

Wednesday night i went to Mavericks to check out some heavy rock sounds. Greece's 1000mods have gained quite a reputation in Europe, and now they're looking to conquer North America. They have a really solid Kyuss-influenced sound, so why not? Kicking off the four-band bill were Trailer Five, who had a slightly shorter trip to make _ they're from Cornwall. Here's frontman Jorden!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Percussive action with Gilles!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Guitar action with Tyler!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Trailer action!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Neight sings!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Five-ish action!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

Rhythm section action!

Trailer Five at Mavericks

I'm not sure if Monobrow is the local band I've seen the most of, but they've got to be in the running for the top spot. Good thing they're one of the city's best! Here's Paul!

Monobrow at Mavericks

Brian hits!

Monobrow at Mavericks

More Paul!

Monobrow at Mavericks

Rhythm section action!

Monobrow at Mavericks

Bass action with Sam!

Monobrow at Mavericks

Extra Brian!

Monobrow at Mavericks

More Paul!

Monobrow at Mavericks

The whole lot!

Monobrow at Mavericks

More Brian and Sam!

Monobrow at Mavericks

I'd forgotten I'd seen Sierra before - partly because the Kitchener band was first on a five band bill, but mostly because three of the other bands on the bill were White Hills, Blood Ceremony and Kylesa (I also set off to get my cabinetmaking diploma later that year, so I only posted a couple of photos of their set). Then, as now, they reminded me of Firebird - really solid stuff. Here's guitarist Jason and drummer Sam!

Sierra at Mavericks

Extra Jason!

Sierra at Mavericks

Sam hits!

Sierra at Mavericks

Bass action with Robbie!

Sierra at Mavericks

Even more Sam!

Sierra at Mavericks

Extra Robbie!

Sierra at Mavericks

More Jason!

Sierra at Mavericks

Jason sings!

Sierra at Mavericks

Robbie sings!

Sierra at Mavericks

Sierran action!

Sierra at Mavericks

1000mods ended the night in style with some monster riifage played through a whole lot of Orange amplification. Here's frontman Dani!

1000mods at Mavericks

Lab hits!

1000mods at Mavericks

Guitar action! Not sure if this is Giannis or George!

1000mods at Mavericks

More guitar!

1000mods at Mavericks

More Labros!

1000mods at Mavericks

Dani sings!

1000mods at Mavericks

The earplugs certainly got a workout!