Sunday, December 21, 2014

More and more

Thursday night I was back at the House of Targ for some more record release action, courtesy of Those Gulls. The local combo has just released Forevermore, and were strutting their post-indie rock styles in conjunction with sets from Saint Claire and Kings Quest.

Saint Clair was already in action when I walked down the stairs.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Brassy action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Jeffrey sings one.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Matthew sings!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Tromboning action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

More saxophone!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Casey works the keys.

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Blue action!

Saint Clare at House of Targ

Kings Quest followed with some pop in a dreamier mode. Drummer Owen Deery was eager to get underway ...

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Eric McQuiggan rocks the Tele.

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Singalong action with Jenna Johnson and Anna Sharrett!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

More rhythm with Owen and Derek Ledoux!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

More guitar!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

More Jenna!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Anna sings!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Extra Owen!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Eric sings!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

Bendy action!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

More singalong action!

Kings Quest at House of Targ

And finally more Derek.

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Last time I saw These Gulls was at Cafe DeKcuf last year, when their lineup had expanded to include Kate Schroeder and Jake Ting.

Those Gulls at House of Targ

This time around Ornaments' David Pierce was on hand to add even more guitar

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Peter hits!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Kate sings!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Guitar action with Jake and Andrew!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Andrew sings!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Jake frets!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Kate multitasks - playing keyboards and operating the band's light show.

Those Gulls at House of Targ

That is, a bunch of floor lamps.

Those Gulls at House of Targ

More Peter!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

David rocks on!

Those Gulls at House of Targ

And I didn't take any good photos of Kurt.

Those Gulls at House of Targ

Other than that, a fine time was had.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Watch them fly

Last week I made a Saturday sojourn to the House of Targ (no doubt I'll do the same tonight ...) to check out some heavy metal from Flying Fortress. The Toronto duo features a pair of Goat Horn veterans, Brandon Wars and Steelrider (also an alum of Cauldron). They have a new album out, Dirty Rain, on Uncle D Records. They were joined on stage by Peterborough's Cross Dog and Ottawa's own Black Tower.

Cross Dog make their noise with the bass and drums combo so popular with the kids these days, but also have some hardcore vocal action going on courtesy of Tracy A. Here's bassman Mark Rand! The folks at Uncle D decided to sign them after this show, and who can blame them?

Cross Dog at House of Targ

And here's Tracy (a blurry Mike Reid is behind her on the drums).

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Tracy is not one of those performers who stands still, as dozens of motion-blurred photos on my Flickr account will attest.

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Mark sings!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Hair-shaking action!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

The shouty bit!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Mikey hits!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Dogged action! I took a few flash photos since I wasn't sure how much would turn out decent with all the running about ....

Cross Dog at House of Targ

Gripping action!

Cross Dog at House of Targ

On to Black Tower, keeping it evil and bespectacled.

Black Tower at House of Targ

Old school T-shirt action from Dave!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Ering sings!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Skottie handles the low end.

Black Tower at House of Targ

Disco ball action!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Towering action!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Knee-banding action!

Black Tower at House of Targ

Finally, Flying Fortress fired off a crushing set of bass-and-drum driven metal; mighty catchy stuff too. Here's Steelrider!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

And of course Mr. Wars.

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

Steelrider hits!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

Brandon sings!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

For those who don't know, Uncle D Records is Vertigo Records record-releasing arm.
Flying Fortress at House of Targ

Beer!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

The whole hairy lot!

Flying Fortress at House of Targ

Definitely a rewarding night!