Friday, June 09, 2017

The fish and the fury

What's good after punk? Even more punk! With the closure of Zaphod's some shows were hunting for venues, which is why I took an early evening stroll over to Babylon to see Iron Chic. Last time I saw the Long Island band was at a couple of Ottawa Explosion shows in 2012. Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish were cranking things up as I walked in. Here's Jon!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

Guitar and bass action with Steve and Kieran!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

More guitar!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

Rhythm section action!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

Percussive action with Anthony!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

More singing!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

Backup vocal action!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

More singalong action!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

The group also paid tribute to baseball teammate and all-around Ottawa scene MVP Jean-Sebastien Belleau with their ode to his famed handlebar mustache.

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

More Jon!

Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish at Babylon

There was a surprise special guest at the show - perhaps I should put "surprise" in quotes since Daggermouth's co-touring with Iron Chic was hardly a secret. Here's some guitar action with Stuart!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Percussive action with Dan!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Stu sings!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Surprising action with Kenny!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Bass action!

Daggermouth at Babylon

More Stu!

Daggermouth at Babylon

More Kenny!

Daggermouth at Babylon

More singing!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Mouthy action!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Dan hits!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Audience singalong action!

Daggermouth at Babylon

Iron Chic finished things off with a hot set. I'm not sure who is in the band these days (apart from bassist Dumps and singer Jay), so it's on to the pictures!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Guitar and basss action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Percussive action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Jay sings!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Singing guitarist action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

More guitar!

Iron Chic at Babylon

More Dumps!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Singalong action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Audience action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Feedback action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

Even more percussive action!

Iron Chic at Babylon

More singing!

Iron Chic at Babylon

A great end to the night.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Rat patrol

To the ever-lengthening list of Ottawa festivals you can add Bleak Life. It celebrated its fourth edition in mid-May. I missed almost all of it, but did catch some of Saturday's show on an appropriately bleak afternoon. Ataxia kicked things off.

Ataxia at Club SAW

Frank sings!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Rhythm section action!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Scott hits!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Uncontrolled action!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Bass action!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Guitar action!

Ataxia at Club SAW

And so on!

Ataxia at Club SAW

A shouty bit!

Ataxia at Club SAW

Next up, hardcore youngsters Toxic Thoughts.

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

Percussive action!

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

Felix runs about!

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

Bass thoughts with Shayla!

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

More running about!

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

Gear adjusting actioN!

Toxic Thoughts at Club SAW

Montreal's Moblish announced they were going to play fast because they were asked to; I suspect they may play fast anyway. And away they go!

Moblish at Club SAW

Even without his giant white belt you'll recognize Ultrathin's Mark on the microphone.

Moblish at Club SAW

Dog in the pit action!

Moblish at Club SAW

Mark works the crowd!

Moblish at Club SAW

Percussive action!

Moblish at Club SAW

The shouty bit!

Moblish at Club SAW

Bass action!

Moblish at Club SAW

More guitar!

Moblish at Club SAW

More drumming!

Moblish at Club SAW

Crowd surfing action!

Moblish at Club SAW

And so on!

Moblish at Club SAW

Montreal's Nino Ratas played a hard-hitting set - but then again I am a sucker for punk rock with Spanish vocals.

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Percussive action!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Rodent-like action!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Guitar action!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Bass action!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Vocal action!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

And so on!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

More loaned guitar!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

And so on!

Ninos Rata at Club SAW

Ultrarat were the last band I caught before I went home feeling terrible (due to a stomach bug, not the music). Their set also went over really well with the crowd. Here's some percussive action!

Ultrarat at Club SAW

They're fronted by Moblish's drummer.

Ultrarat at Club SAW

Yet more bass action!

Ultrarat at Club SAW

And so on!

Ultrarat at Club SAW

Ultraratty action!

Ultrarat at Club SAW

And finally a bit more bass.

Ultrarat at Club SAW

All cool stuff.