Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fire and water

I made the short jaunt over to LIVE! On Elgin last week to check out a trio of local indie bands, two of which I was hearing for the first time. The headliner was Elementals, who I've caught at Targ and Black Squirrel Books; things kicked off with a set of emo-ish post punkers Plastic Farm. Here's' main man Michael!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

Keyboard action!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

Percussive action!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

Michael sings!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

Plastic action!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

The whole lot!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

More keys!

Plastic Farm at LIVE! On Elgin

On to "surf emo" quartet Swim Team, starting with Bruins fancier Cameron!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Cameron sings!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Bass and guitar action with Bill and Marco!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Marco sings!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Nick hits!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Team action!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

More guitar!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Extra Cameron!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Nick drinks!

Swim Team at LIVE! On Elgin

Elementals played a raging set. They impressed me at previous gigs, but have really kicked things up a notch since then. I also thought they sounded a bit rootsier this time around - the cover of CCRs Green River helped ... here's some hair-tossing action to start things off with Sheehan!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Bass action with Duncan!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Cody sings!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Sheehan sings!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Elementary action!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Unfortunately with all the jumping around at the front of the stage I couldn't snag a good photo of Jamie.

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

More Duncan and Sheehan!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

Tambourine action!

Elementals at LIVE! On Elgin

A fun night out!

Friday, April 20, 2018

From the ashes of the 1980s

I gre up in the 1980s, and synth pop was one of the dominant forces on the radio. I must have absorbed more of it via osmosis than I thought because I've taken a cotton to checking out the various modern interpreters of the genre. I seem to have plenty of company because last week's Switched On Synths at House of Targ was pretty packed. Hard Science kicked things off. Here's Arturo!

Hard Science at House of Targ

The other side of Arturo!

Hard Science at House of Targ

Growly Targ perogie announcer, 80s dance night host and World War 4 singer Josh kicked in some vocals.

Hard Science at House of Targ

And so on!

Hard Science at House of Targ

Next, all the way from Glasgow, Michael Oakley!

Michael Oakley at House of Targ

Greenish action!

Michael Oakley at House of Targ

Michael emotes!

Michael Oakley at House of Targ

He's quite an engaging performer!

Michael Oakley at House of Targ

He certainly knows how to work a crowd.

Michael Oakley at House of Targ

Dana Jean Phoenix went the extra mile with a keytar and a bevy of lights.

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

And let us not forget the light-up tiara.

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

Somewhere  there's a naked Christmas tree.

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

Keytar action!

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

And so on!

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

Dana jumps about!

Dana Jean Phoenix at House of Targ

There's going to be more synth-pop at Targ with Parallels and Mecha Maiko, plus local bouncy techno chap pH May 11.

Monday, April 16, 2018

In the dark

As March turned to April and winter changed to more winter, I headed over to Pressed to check out Forgotten In The Woods Again and Le Pelican Noir, two bands I haven't had the privilege of hearing before, and Obsidian Will, whose first show at the Daily Grind I saw way back in December 2014. First up FITWA. Here's keyboardist Adriana and bassist Greg!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

Guitar action with Scotty!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

Smokey bass action!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

All eyes on Scotty!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

The whole lot!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

Extra Adriana!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

Unfortunately for photography, drummer Mike was stuck in the corner behind some of Le Pelican Noir's gear.

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

More smoke and Adriana!

Forgotten In The Woods Again at Pressed

Nocturnal krautrock fans Le Pelican Noir were on next. Here's a very grainy Maxime! (The lights were down low for a projection.)

Le Pelican Noir at Pressed

An even grainier picture of bassist Sylvaine!

Le Pelican Noir at Pressed

Things weren't much brighter for Obsidian Will. Since I saw them they've expanded into a trio. Here's Liam!

Obsidian WIll at Pressed

Violin action with Justin!

Obsidian WIll at Pressed

More Liam! (You can just make out Lloyd down there in the corner on drums.)

Obsidian WIll at Pressed

Obsidian action!

Obsidian Will at Pressed

Electronic action with Lloyd!

Obsidian WIll at Pressed

All good stuff.