My work schedule gets me up early theses days (4:30 a.m., that is) so I keep my eyes peeled for weekend matinees like the one last Sunday at Gabba Hey featuring touring Calgarians Catholic Girls and local combo Nightshades. Catholic Girls take a few pages from 1980s synth music and punk rock - something we're hearing more of these days as the synthesizer is rescued from ignominy - and were in these parts en route to Pop Montreal.
Those Girls! Erin on guitar, Cian on synth and vocals, Ted on Moog and Mathieu on drums.
The other side of Ted!
On to Nightshades. I had to split early for a dinner date so I only caught the first couple of songs.
You'll see a familiar face, Mallory Giles, playing guitar. It's a bit of a change from the synth-loving Politique. She's also appeared on the blog with Loose Ties, and singing with Sadie Hell.
Sarah Grant sings and handles bass duties.
Geoff Clark hits!
The whole lot!
Rhythm section action!
Then I had to leg it, just in time to miss getting soaked by a torrential downpour.