Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wet, dirty and freaky

The remaining lineup at Club SAW was really excellent: Crusades, Wet Brain, TV Freaks and Soupcans. Unfortunately, I dropped and broke my flash (continuing on my tradition of breaking at least one piece of camera gear per Ottawa Explosion), so my remaining photos were all pretty grainy. Here's Crusades tearing it up.

Crusades at Club SAW

Emmanuel sings!

Crusades at Club SAW

Feedback action!

Crusades at Club SAW

Bass action with Skotty!

Crusades at Club SAW

Sparkly guitar action with Dave!

Crusades at Club SAW

The audience got really crazy for TV Freaks. Here's some rhythm section action!

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Dave always gets a little crazy himself.

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Nathan hits!

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Audience singalong action!

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Kevin is under there somewhere.

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Shirtless action! (Also, guitarist T.J. in the background - I couldn't get close enough for a good shot.)

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Even more Dave!

TV Freaks at House of Targ

Wet Brain have played at the Explosion before, but this was my first time catching them live. Here's a bit of soundchecking action with bassist Sienna and guitarist Madi!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

Madi sings!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

More Sienna!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

Amanda hits!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

More Madi!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

More bass action with Camila! Is it just me, or are there a lot of dual-bass bands about these days?

Wet Brain at Club SAW

Sienna sings!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

More Amanda!
Wet Brain at Club SAW

Extra Camila!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

Brainy action!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

And so on!

Wet Brain at Club SAW

I was super-tempted to stick around for The Soupcans, but I also knew The Dirty Nil was playing at Ritual. I decided to head over there, if only because I knew the light would be better ... here's guitarist Luke!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Rhythm section action with Kyle and David!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Luke sings!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Bonus Kyle!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Bendy action!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Dirty action!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Dave sings!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual

Even more Luke!

The Dirty Nil at Ritual


Friday, June 24, 2016

Waves and birds

I missed the Ottawa Explosion's afternoon offerings on Saturday, but at least managed to get out into the heat to catch Ottawa' Creep Wave play the first set of the evening. Here's Derek and Brittany!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Kieran hits!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Extra Derak!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Brittany strums!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Rhythm section action!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Brittany sings!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

The whole lot!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Derek sings!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

More Kieran!

Creep Wave at Club SAW

Things took a turn for the black and metallic with Black Tower. Here's Dave!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Bass action with Skotty!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Erin sings!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Closeup action!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Skotty sings!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Towering action!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Hair-tossing action!

Black Tower at Club SAW

Bendy action!

Black Tower at Club SAW

After that I ducked inside to check out Future Girls, a Halifax outfit founded by Outtacontroller's Matt and Crossed Wire's Heather. Here's Matt!

Future Girls at Club SAW

Guitar action with Coleman and Heather!

Future Girls at Club SAW

Dewayne hits!

Future Girls at Club SAW

More Matt!

Future Girls at Club SAW

Heather sings!

Future Girls at Club SAW

More Coleman!

Future Girls at Club SAW

New York's Big Eyes were another great Explosion discovery for me; Kait Eldridge and company put out a super set of classic-rock influenced pop-punk, including a cover of The Undertones' You've Got My Number.

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Bass action with Malcolm!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Griffin hits!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Kait sings!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Guitar action with Paul!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Eyeful action!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Rhythm section action!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

More guitar!

Big Eyes at Club SAW

Pretty Pretty is another Ohio band; it shares a couple of members with Vacation (kind of an Ottawa Explosion trend, member-sharing bands). It's fronted by Vacation bassist Evan on guitar, Vacation guitarist Jerri on drums, and Larry Teevee on bass. Here's Evan!

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Larry handles the low end.

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Evan sings.

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Larrry sings!

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Jerri hits!

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Feedback action!

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

Closeup action!

Pretty Pretty at Club SAW

The last outside show of Saturday featured New Jersey's Nightbirds; one of my photos from their 2012 Ottawa explosion set at Mavericks made it onto their Born To Die In Suburbia album. Here's P.J. working the feedback during their instrumental intro.

Night Birds at Club SAW

Darick hits!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Brian shouts!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Bass action with Joe!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Joe sings!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Extra P.J.!

Night Birds at Club SAW

More Darick and Brian!

Night Birds at Club SAW

P.J. sings!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Bonus Brian!
Night Birds at Club SAW

Even more Darick!

Night Birds at Club SAW

Then it was time to head indoors for some Wet Brain and more!