Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Space and times

I headed over to House of Targ several days ago (before a computer on the fritz stopped me from updating the blog) to check out a bunch of unfamiliar Ottawa bands and some touring Sudburians. The Amazing Rhombus was the big name on the posters, but Average Times (with which I'm quite familiar) finished the evening off. The openers were Blue Hills (or as they put it, Blve Hills), a quartet of young men with a severe allergy to shirts. That's mainman Cody Parnell at right; Brydon, Tommy and Dana round out the combo, which sounded pretty jammy (they describe themselves as "surfadelic").

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Bass action with Dana!

Blue Hills at House of Targ


Percussive action!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

More guitar with Brydon!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Cody sings!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Tongue action!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

And so on!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Tweaking action!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Extra Tommy!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Blue blve action!

Blue Hills at House of Targ

And finally a bit of lying down.

Blue Hills at House of Targ

Elementals also made a good impression with their early-Radiohead to Nirvana sound. Here's bassist Rick!

Elementals at House of Targ

Cody sings!

Elementals at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Elementals at House of Targ

Extra Cody!

Elementals at House of Targ

Rick sings!

Elementals at House of Targ

Jamie hits!

Elementals at House of Targ

The Almighty Rhombus sounded really good; I'd recommend them to anyone with a fondness for Nada Surd (and heartfelt pop in general). Here's some guitar action with Michael!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Carter and Laura!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

More guitar with Keegan!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

More Carter!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

Piano action with Clayton! He was a lot more active than the photos suggest - he was moving around quite a bit on a dark spot on the stage.

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

Even more Carter!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

Michael sings!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

Extra Clayton!

The Almighty Rhombus at House of Targ

It feels like a long time since I've seen Average Times live (actually only half a year or so), and they rocked as usual. Here's some rhythm section action with Steph and Seiji!

Average Times at House of Targ

Guitar action with Tod!

Average Times at House of Targ

More Seiji and Tod!

Average Times at House of Targ

More Steph!

Average Times at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Average Times at House of Targ

Todd sings!

Average Times at House of Targ

And that's it, largely because most of my pictures ended up with the focus being the Almighty Rhombus's backdrop.

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