Halifax certainly has been sending a lot of good bands to Ottawa this winter - perhaps they're trying to escape the East Coast snowfall. Tuesday night it was Mauno and Vulva Culture bringing their fuzzy and poppy sounds to Mugshots as part of their Rolling In The Creep tour, along with locals Baberaham Lincoln.
Baberaham Lincoln were first up. Unfortunately, guitarist Jenna's gear was nicked earlierr in the week, so she was playingon a borrowed guitar.
And so on!
Vulva Culture make me think of My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star and other bands I listened to when I was at college (the first time, that is). Here's Amy, Bianca, Evan and Kayla (regulation bassist Hannah had to stay in Nova Scotia)!
Kayla prepares to step on a pedal.
Evan also drums in Mauno.
Yep, it's a bit dark in Mugshots for flashless photography.
More Kayla and Evan!
Mauno played a very heavy set; in addition to his bass duties in
Vulva Culture, Evan is also a monster drummer. Nick Everett has played
under his own name and in Burdon, and bassist Eliza Niemi has kept busy
out East as well. As Mauno they've been compared to Grizzly Bear, which I
can hear, but I can't recall Grizzly Bear being as loud or propulsive when I saw them at Barrymore's eons ago.
Eliza rocks the plaid.
The shouty bit!
Eliza sings, takes a turn on guitar.
Great sets, and a good crowd for a chilly Tuesday.