Saturday, December 03, 2016

Life and living

While I was at The Damn Truth show I happened to bump into a familiar face from the early days of the blog: Trevor from The Setbacks. His latest band is Better Living Through Chemistry, which headlined a benefit show for Mustaches For Kids at Pressed last Saturday. Opening things up with some roots-rocking action were Life-Size Men, which also boasts a few familiar faces, including Jeff Tanguay from The Town Cryers and Jeb Bond from Evil Farm Children; here's guitarist R.W. and bassist Kevin!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

Jeb hits!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

Jeff frets!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

More Kevin!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

I think R.W. might like the colour black.

Life-Size Men at Pressed

Life-size action!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

Extra Jeb!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

The whole lot!

Life-Size Men at Pressed

Better Living Through Chemistry play some emotive alt-rock - a bit like Tragically Hip or Our Lady Peace. Here's singer Luigi preparing for their set!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Gripping and guitar-lifting action with Trevor!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Trevor frets!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Bass action with Richard!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

More guitar with Paul!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Chris hits!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

More Trevor!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

More Paul!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

More Chris!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Paul sings!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Extra Richard!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

Singalong action!

Better Living Through Chemistry at Pressed

A good night for a good cause.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rats'n'rays

The capital's Australian quotient increased a bit last week with Downunder trios DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats making a trip to House of Targ. Local combo Coveter, who describe themselves as lo-fi cowboy-core with emo influences (?). Here's some bass action with Logan!

Coveter at House of Targ

Vocal action with Devon!

Coveter at House of Targ

Braeden hits!

Coveter at House of Targ

More Devon!

Coveter at House of Targ

Extra Logan!

Coveter at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Coveter at House of Targ

Closeup action!

Coveter at House of Targ

DZ Deathrays were the headliner, but they went on second to give Dune Rats, who have a new tune out, a bigger piece of the spotlight. Here's drummer Simon!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Shane sings a bit!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

A shouty bit with touring guitarist Lachlan!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Extra Simon!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

More Lachlan!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Hair-tossing action!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Even more Simon!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Deadly action!

DZ Deathrays at House of 
Targ

Things got pretty crazy during The Dune Rats' set - maybe not New Swears-level crazy, but still pretty wild. Here's Danny and Brett!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with BC!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Upside down vocal action!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Danny sings!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

More BC!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Drinking from a boot action!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Non-boot-drinking action!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

Danny sings some more!

Dune Rats at House of Targ

An ... er ... lively evening.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In their element

November was two-thirds done with when I headed over to Black Squirrel Books to catch an eclectic show put on by The Indie Scene and featuring Deaf Children, Puffs, Montreal's Fleece and Elementals. Deaf Children kicked things off; I don't know anything about them except two-thirds of the band is also in Puffs. Here's some vocal action!

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

Rhythm section action with Connor (also of Spell) and a bassist I know not.

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

More Connor!

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

Less flash, more singing!

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

More bass!

Deaf Children at Black Squirrel Books

On to Puffs, who I saw a week earlier opening for New Swears.

Puffs at Black Squirrel Books

Connor! Again! And also Deaf Children's singer on drums.

Puffs at Black Squirrel Books

Percussive action!

Puffs at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Puffs at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action!

Puffs at Black Squirrel Books

Since they were performing in a book store, Fleece decided to open their set by reading some poetry.

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Percussive action! The band had a much jazzier sound than the other acts on the bill.

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Fleecy action!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Keyboard action!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

More drumming!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Fleece at Black Squirrel Books

When I saw The Elementals a couple of months ago at House of Targ they made a good impression; I thought they sounded even better this time around, and quite a bit more like Nirvana. Here's Rick, Cody and Jamie!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

Jamie hits!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action with Rick!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

More Jamie!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

Rick sings!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

Cody sings!

Elementals at Black Squirrel Books

A very pleasant night out.