I had a bit of a late start on Ottawa Explosion activities Sunday, and missed a chunk of Nice Try's set (along with all of BB Cream, The Lonely Parade, Faux Cults and Mixer); still, the Bloomington, Indiana duo made a good start with some lo-fi pop. Here's some closeup action with singer Madeline!
Chiller were a more rocking affair, which is unsurprising when you consider it includes Erin from Black Tower and The Visitors, Tim from Year Zero and Million Dollar Marxists, and Eric and Ilisha from Feral Trash (and a bunch of other bands, including Fear of Lipstick, in Eric's case). They're playing July 17 at Pressed.
Bass action with Erin!
Guitar action with Eric!
More guitar action with Ilisha!
A shouty bit!
The whole lot!
Even more Eric!
Cassie Ramone made a name for herself with The Vivian Girls. When that band split at the start of January 2014, Ramone headed out on her own and released a solo album that August. Those tunes made for a nice come-down, sit-down set.
And so on!
Ramone is touring with Colleen Green and they make an excellent double bill. For this set her band was in her iPad, which wasn't functioning at 100%.
Her final number was going to be guitarless but her iPad finally klonked out so that was it for the Explosion at Club SAW.
And that's it for this year (I missed the closing party at Pressed). Can't wait until July 2017, when it looks like OXW is going to be hunting up a new home.