Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fantastic beasts

My holiday shows hiatus ended with a visit to House of Targ for some hot pop action, provided by Toronto's Pony and Lush Buffalo, alongside fab locals Sparklesaurus. Lush Buffalo were on first, and played a super set of grunge-pop. Here's frontman Dylan!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with (I think) Jim and Red!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Lush action!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

More guitar with Buckley!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

More Dylan!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Those drummers, always sticking their tongues out ....

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

More guitar!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

And so on!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

More Jim!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Buckley sings!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Extra Red!

Lush Buffalo at House of Targ

Sparklesaurus were excellent as always. Here's Felicity, rocking the shades.

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Bass action with Colleen!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Orangeish action!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Brad hits!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Shamisa!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Sparkly action!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Sparklesaurus at House of Targ

I saw Pony put on a great set last year at Targ, they were even better this time around. Here's some gripping action with Sam and guitarist Stephen!

Pony at House of Targ

Eva sings!

Pony at House of Targ

More Stephen!

Pony at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Pony at House of Targ

Matt hits!

Pony at House of Targ

Extra Eva!

Pony at House of Targ

More guitar with Stephen!

Pony at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Pony at House of Targ

Super sets all around.

Monday, January 01, 2018

On the beaten track

It's holiday time, and that means a slew of Christmas, New Year's and other seasonally themed shows going on - most of which I contrived to miss, but I did return to Targ for the first night of Seasons Beatings, featuring sets from a reunited Trapt, World War 4 and Uncooperatives - who were just starting things up as I headed down the stairs. Here's some guitar action with Greg!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

Close-up action with Ryan!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

Bass action with Chris!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

Yarek hits!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

Extra Chris!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

More Greg!

Uncooperatives at House of Targ

Police N' Thieves were up next with some 1970s punk action - they cover The Clash, and they do it well. The combo features members of Jimmy George, Manpower and other well-known local combos. Here's Omar on guitar and Scott on bass!

Police N' Thieves

More guitar with Mike!

Police N' Thieves

Omar sings!

Police N' Thieves

Mike sings!

Police N' Thieves

More Scott!

Police N' Thieves

Dave hits!

Police N' Thieves

Extra Omar!

Police N' Thieves

Rhythm section action!

Police N' Thieves

The whole lot!

Police N' Thieves

Next, on to World War 4, who thrashed through a quick set. Here's Blake and Josh!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Leigh hits!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Guitar action with Orca!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Leigh and Michael!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Extra Orca!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Extra-Blakeian Blake!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Pointing action!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Even more Remi!

World War 4 at House of Targ

More Leigh!

World War 4 at House of Targ

Even more Orca!

World War 4 at House of Targ

The last time I saw The Trapt was 10 years ago at Babylon, alongside Flag of Truce, Honest Injun and Fluid Waffle. Unfortunately,like other photos of that era they can't be seen because I was using Photobucket as my image hoster and haven't been able to relocate them yet. Oh well, onto Remi's introduction, for which heonce again donned the white suit.

The Trapt at House of Targ

Vocal action!

The Trapt at House of Targ

Bass action!

The Trapt at House of Targ

Percussive action!

The Trapt at House of Targ

Singalong action!

The Trapt at House of Targ

More guitar!

The Trapt at House of Targ

More drumming!

The Trapt at House of Targ

Guitar action!

The Trapt at House of Targ

And so on!

The Trapt at House of 
Targ

A fun night out.