Friday, August 18, 2017

Jump ahead

So I've built up a bit of a backlog in the last couple of months (Exhibit A: Publishing photos of the end of Ottawa Explosion just this week). In order to not get totally bogged down, I'm going to start with some shots from last night at Pressed and save the distant past for later. The Gladstone cafe hosted a trio of Montreal acts, starting with Hi-Way, who some readers might recognize as Charles from Valois - or they might not, since shooting conditions at Pressed were less than ideal.

Hi-Way at Pressed

Guitar action!

Hi-Way at Pressed

Charles is ever fashion-forward.

Hi-Way at Pressed

Closeup action!

Hi-Way at Pressed

On to DF. The duo of Dustin and Dan played a charming show that really wasn't readily photographable, since half of it depended on Dan's DIY light show. Here's Dustin on sax!

DF at Pressed

You can't really tell, but those symbols on the backdrop light up.

DF at Pressed

Paper unspooling action!

DF at Pressed

Bodywash played a fantastic but brief set of jangly indie rock; I'd love to see them back to play a longer set. As is, the crowd got a "greatest hits" edition. Here's guitarist Adam!

Bodywash at Pressed

A grainy Chris on lead vocals and guitar!

Bodywash at Pressed

 A slightly less grainy Rosie on keys and vocals!

Bodywash at Pressed

Extra Adam!

Bodywash at Pressed

Bodily action!

Bodywash at Pressed

Singalong action!

Bodywash at Pressed

Austin on drums (unfortunately I just couldn't get a picture of bassist Tom).

Bodywash at Pressed

A swell set.

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.