Friday, June 26, 2009

California here they come

The Rock'N'Roll Pizza Party seems to be making a good home for itself at the Atomic Rooster. When I got there at 10 p.m. there was a few people 40 and over at the bar and a smattering of younger folks (apparently celebrating a birthday) at one table. By the time the music cranked up, a little later than usual due to technical difficulties, they'd been magically replaced by a crowd of 20somethings in Chuck Taylors. They were there for some good old Californian rock'n'roll. Both bands have releases on Toronto's Telephone Explosion label, so that's probably why they had ventured north of the border.

First up, Charlie & The Moonhearts. A fast and surprisingly heavy trio with a fondness for Del Shannon and sombreros.

Charlie & The Moonhearts, Atomic Rooster, June 25, 2009

Ty Segall brought the house down with his boyish demeanor and energetic rock. He was helped out by Charlie & The Moonhearts bassist Mikal Cronin and former Divisionist gal Emily Rose on drums. They also covered The Seeds' Pushin' Too Hard in tribute to the late Sky Saxon.

Ty Segall, Atomic Rooster, June 25, 2009

Both bands are playing Montreal's Divan Orange tomorrow with Telephone Explosion folks Teenanger.

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