Gabba Hey is really knocking it out of the park with their recent all ages shows. Last Friday they hosted Lethbridge's tremendous Fist City (who also played a memorable show at Pressed in August 2012), Milk Lines (the new-ish band from Jeffery Clarke, a.k.a. Lester Del Rey of Milk Lines), Tough Age and Ottawa's own Sailor Jupitor. It was a mighty fine show.
First up Sailor Jupiter busted out some shouty punk. They've also got a house show coming up May 16 at Funeral Home (212 Main St.).
On to Milk Lines. Clark and his missus Emily (ex-Hiroshima Shadows) formed the band as an outlet for the druggy-country side of their musical muse. I heard a lot of Velvet Underground and Vaselines in their sound. Here's Jeff.
And Emily (also Kyle Connolly of Wish fame on bass).
Audience reaction action!
Tough Age played a particularly killer set. The band has a fine new record out on Mint Records, and has been touring all over; they're now back west and headed south.
Frontman Jarret (of too many West Coast bands to list) sings!
Penny Clark frets!
Jesse Locke hits! You'll likely recognize him (and Paul Lawton) as they've been through town before in other bands like Zebrassieres, Century Palm and The Ketamines. They fill out the band's East Coast formation.
Paul rocks the bass.
Fist City are another band doing quite well for themselves lately, and why not? Punchy songs about interesting stuff is always good. I suspect they're going to take a big jump in popularity when their next LP, Everything Is A Mess, comes out in July. Unfortunately they ran into some kind of hiccup after this show and ha to cancel dates in Winnipeg and Sudbury. Here's Evan Van Reekum rocking the Telecaster.
And here's siblings Kier and Brittany Griffiths.
The whole lot (including drummer Ryan Grieve)!
A very solid evening.