Saturday, September 11, 2010

These are end times

Two different shows, one celebrating an institution that everyone is glad to see sticking around, one commemorating the end of a band everyone is sad to see go. The first stop last night was Club SAW for one of the many events celebrating CKCU 93.1 FM's 35th anniversary. I was wondering how many people would show up since when I swung by Birdman Sound today to buy a ticket around six hours before the show was scheduled to start I ended up with ticket No. 0001 .... I presume that means I was dealt one from the bottom of the deck since when I got to Club SAW there was actually a decent sized crowd. I was a little nonplussed by the tables till being set up, complete with candles. What is this, dinner theatre?

First band on the bill was Ottawa trio Butterflies & Zebras, who make many strange noises with guitars, loops and some hand percussion. I picked up their album at Birdman Sound and was quite impressed. The band seems to have flown under the radar, but are worth checking out for anyone who likes their psychedelia somewhere off the deep end.

Butterflies & Zebras at Club SAW
Butterflies & Zebras at Club SAW, September 10, 2010

They were followed by Winnipeg quartet Mahogany Frog. I'm a big fan of The Soft Machine, which is obviously a big influence and Herbie Hancock (who may not be but should) so their jammy jazzy sound was quite appealing to my ears, particularly since they add in some loud guitar on occasion.

Mahogany Frog at Club SAW
Mahogany Frog at Club SAW, September 10, 2010

That done, I walked a couple of blocks to Ritual Nightclub where The Suppositories were coming to an end (so to speak). Ottawa's premiere Wire-worshippers are calling it a day. For their final bow (until the cash-in reunion) they had Montreal's Genital Hospital on hand to open things up around midnight. The tough-sounding quartet apparently features members of Demon Claws and The Confusers and sounds a bit like The Banditas with bass to my ears.

Genital Hospital at Ritual
Genital Hospital at Ritual, September 10, 2010

As for The Suppositories, they played a killer set. Maybe things sounded so great because I was standing right near the amplifiers for most of it. Although the crowd seemed a little sparse at first, things filled out by the time they hit the stage (okay, the corner) with plenty of familiar faces there to see them off. They wrapped things up with a cover of M.O.T.O.'s  Dance Dance Dance To The Radio.

The Suppositories at Ritual
The Suppositories at Ritual, September 10, 2010

As for the future, Ian and Ilona have a new combo on the way called Dagger Eyes.

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