Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lockdown - Part I

My feet ... are tired. My ears ... are ringing. It's been a musical marathon through Day 3 of the Gaga Weekend at the matinee show at Yogi's Meatlocker. There were a few bumps this time around: The Rookers couldn't make it, something happened to fill-in Young Stalin and the bylaw enforcement folks came by after someone grumbled about the noise levels. Those trifles didn't put a damper on an afternoon of many varieties of rock'n'roll.

Thunderuncle started things off with some heavy rock. The covered Torche's The Healer and doom legends Trouble. You'll recognize veterans of such bands as Harshey, Fucking Machines, Elbeejay and Weapons of Mass Seduction.

Thunderuncle at Yogi's Meatlocker
Thunderuncle at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Rhume played the small room; they were really energetic and their classic rock stuff sounded really good. Jon Bartlett apologized for not attending any other Gaga Weekend events: "I've been partying with my taxes!"

Rhume at Yogi's Meatlocker
Rhume at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Knifemare were a completely different proposition, powered by a drum machine and featuring two former members of Fucked Corpse - some heavy duty riffing meets dementoid clatter.

Knifemare at Yogi's Meatlocker
Knifemare at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Checking out the merch-mobile, in Yogi's vintage van.

Merch at Gaga
Merch at the Gag Weekend, June 12, 2010

After Knifemare, Secret Loves provided another sharp transition, to good-natured garage rock.

Secret Loves at Yogi's Meatlocker
Secret Loves at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Chandeliers are a newish band ... yet another outfit with Davey Quesnelle in it, along with Scott Terry, Dave Jackson from The Fucking Machines (among others) and unfortunately for him John Sproull, just finished playing drums for The Secret Loves. I thought they sounded like Silkworm after way too much coffee.

Chandeliers at Yogi's Meatlocker
Chandeliers at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

J.P. Sadek mans the barbecue ... you can see Auntie Loo and her vegan treats in the background.

Barbecue at The Gaga Wekend
Barbecue at Gaga Weekend, June 12, 2010

As at the last Gaga Weekend, The Joliettes came down from Sudbury to provide some lovely harmonies and folk rock (Rob Seaton also performed with Strange Attractor the previous night and with Statues later in the day).

Joliettes at Yogi's Meatlocker
Joliettes at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Jeff Houle lounges by a sign listing bands performing in the Meatlocker.

Bands playing at The Gaga Weekend
Jeff and list at Gaga Weekend, June 12, 2010

The Rookers were to have played next, but circumstances beyond their control apparently prevented it, so Germ Attak did the punk honours with their 1982-themed attack.

Germ Attak at Yogi's Meatlocker
Germ Attak at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

The Centretown Cripplers rocked the small room with a really intense set. Mel was playing drums this go around. She broke a stick but kept on drumming.

Centretown Cripplers at Yogi's Meatlocker
Centretown Cripplers at Yogi's Meatlocker, June 12, 2010

Coming soon, Part II ...

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