Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ottawa Explosion: Sunday

I only had a couple of hours of free time on the final day of Ottawa Explosion, but they were well spent with Feel Alright and Empath. Feel Alright reminded me a bit of Saturday Looks Good To Me, with their guitar pop and harmonies. Here's mainman Craig Fahner!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

A shouty bit!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

Singalong action! That's Jesse Locke filling in on the skins.

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

More Jesse!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

Rhythm section action!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

Alright action!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

Guitar action!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

More Craig!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

Faceoff action!

Feel Alright at Ottawa Explosion

On to Empath, who brought some raucous synth punk to the game, all the way from Philadelphia. And they're off!

Empath at Ottawa Explosion

Closeup action!

Empath at Ottawa Explosion

Keyboard action!

Empath at Ottawa Explosion

Percussive action!

Empath at Ottawa Explosion

Singalong action!

Empath at Ottawa Explosion

A very pleasant afternoon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ottawa Explosion: Saturday, Part II

My Saturday night had a bit of a late start - in fact, the only set outside I caught was The Smugglers' headlining shindig. Anyway, here's a shadowy Grant leaping out of the frame, as he is wont to do!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Guitar action!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Vocal action!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Grant takes a stand!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Smuggled action!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Graham hits!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

Bass action with Beez!

Smugglers at Ottawa Explosion

After being served, protected and entertained, it was time to head inside for some scuzzy punk with Cleveland's Vanilla Poppers.

Vanilla Poppers at Ottawa Explosion

Vanilla action!

Vanilla Poppers at Ottawa Explosion

Guitar action!

Vanilla Poppers at Ottawa Explosion

Percussive action!

Vanilla Poppers at Ottawa Explosion

Next up, Halifax's Booji Boys, who are fond of DEVO and power-pop. There was a lot of jumping about from this crew.

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

Vocal action!

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

Eyeball action!

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

More running about!

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

A shouty bit!

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

See-through guitar action!

Booji Boys at Ottawa Explosion

They were followed by more Calgary crudpunks Leather Jacuzzi. Singer Sarah is from Ottawa and has performed in local combos like The Misclits and early Zebrassieres.

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

Sarah sings!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

Vocal action!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

Percussive action!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

Singalong action!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

More singalong action!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

Leathery action!

Leather Jacuzzi at Ottawa Explosion

And that was it for me - I had other business I had to attend to, which is why this post is like two months late.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Ottawa Explosion: Saturday, Part I

Several Saturdays ago I wandered over to SAW Gallery for some More Ottawa explosion action, starting with Future Girls and some percussive action with Dewayne!

Future Girls at Ottawa 
Explosion

Closeup action with Matt!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

Futuristic action with Heather and Coleman!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

Heather sings!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

More guitar!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

More Coleman!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

More Heather!

Future Girls at Ottawa Explosion

There was another member of the Ohio contingent up next as Pretty Pretty took the stage. Singer Evan and bassist Larry rounded out their trio with Jerri from Vacation et al. on drums for this gig.

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Telecaster action!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Banner action!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Larry sings!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

More Jerri!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Extra Evan!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Back-to-back action!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Pretty action!

Pretty Pretty at Ottawa Explosion

Laika's Orbit came up from New England again to rock the fest: Here's Shane, Mackenzie and Nick!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

Dan hits!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

Closeup action!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

More Dan!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

More Mackenzie!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

Orbital action!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

The whole lot!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

Rhythm section action!

Laika's Orbit at Ottawa 
Explosion

Swim Team swam all the way from Cincinatti to play an intense set. Here's Lillian!

Swim Team at Ottawa 
Explosion

Gripping action!

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

Guitar action with John!

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

Shirtless action!

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

Aquatic action!

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

Closeup action!

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

They're an active lot.

Swim Team at Ottawa Explosion

My afternoon ended with Shellshag, who started things off with a hug. Here's John and Jennifer!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

This calls for special boots!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

And they're off!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

John sings!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

Jennifer sings!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

Jennifer hits!

Shellshag at Ottawa 
Explosion

John frets!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

Singalong action!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

John bends!

Shellshag at Ottawa Explosion

Then it was off to grab a bite to eat.