Friday, June 15, 2018

Ottawa Explosion: Day 1

Okay, maybe not really, Day 1, since there was a short movie presentation and pass-pickup event at Oz Kafe in the Byward Market. However, this Wednesday show was the first night for band performances, with sets from The Heavy Medicine Band, Expanda Fuzz and Foam (unfortunately, New York combo Fruit & Flowers got stopped at the border). Here's Keturah (recently seen opening for Sparklesaurus at St. Alban's) starting things off!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Chris hits!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

More Keturah!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Guitar action with Robert!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Bass action with Sean!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

It was pretty dark, so I took a few shots with flash.

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Closeup action!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Heavy action!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

More Chris!

Heavy Medicine Band at The 27 Club

Expanda Fuzz expanded their set since F&F were delayed. Here's Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

Chris sings!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

More Chris!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

Extra Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

The whole lot!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

More Leila!

Expanda Fuzz at The 27 Club

Foam also played a longer set, although their tunes are so brief that "longer" is even more of a relative term than usual. They've also gone through a bit of a lineup change since I saw them tear up Black Squirrel Books back in August 2017. Here's they're new drummer, Will. He seems enthusiastic!

Foam at The 27 Club

Guitar action with Nathan!

Foam at The 27 Club

Nathan sings!

Foam at The 27 Club

Davita has moved over to bass.

Foam at The 27 Club

Rhythm section action!

Foam at The 27 Club

More Will!

Foam at The 27 Club

Extra Davita!

Foam at The 27 Club

Foamy action!

Foam at The 27 Club

Davita sings!

Foam at The 27 Club

The whole lot!

Foam at The 27 Club

A great kickoff!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Violent inclinations

Synth duo Violence has played at a few editions of Switched On Synths, for Saturday's edition they got to choose the bill. Automelodi was an unsurprising choice, and there were also two fine acts unknown to me: Freigeist and opener Bleu de Minuit, who performs in a minimalist coldwave style. Here's the mysterious Ms. Minuit!

Bleu de Minuit at House of Targ

And so on!

Bleu de Minuit at House of Targ

Adjusting action!

Bleu de Minuit at House of Targ

Etcetera ....

Bleu de Minuit at House of Targ

On to Freigeist, who's more in a techno mode.

Freigeist at House of Targ

Beaty action!

Freigeist at House of Targ

Automelodi wa sa two-piece, with The Marquis on hand for some extra guitarwork.

Automelodi at House of Targ

Also, it was very dark and smokey.

Automelodi at House of Targ

More melody!

Automelodi at House of Targ

Stripey action!

Automelodi at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Automelodi at House of Targ

More guitar!

Automelodi at House of Targ

Violence finished the night off (of course) with a brisk set. Here's some heavily edited photos (I usually don't do anything to my shots, but it was even darker and smokier for their set).

Violence at House of Targ

Violent action!

Violence at House of Targ

A shouty bit!

Violence at House of Targ

 And so on!

Violence at House of Targ

Another great edition!

Hello, strangers

I was hungering for some oddball sounds last week, and what could be odder than a bill featuring Slow Dawn, Pink Noise and Man Made Hill? Psychedelic slugs Slow Dawn were on first. Here's some rhythm section action with Chris and Jesse!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

Blurry action with Sean and Dan!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

More Sean!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Chris!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

More Dan!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Jesse!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

Dan sings!

Slow Dawn at Black Squirrel Books

Last time I saw Man Made Hill, I called him a synth-funk B.A. Johnson, plus pro wrestling. I think I'm going to add a bit of Mick Farren to that mix. Here's the one and definitely only Man Made Hill!

Man Made Hill at Black Squirrel Books

Off he goes!

Man Made Hill at Black Squirrel Books

Microphone arm action!

Man Made Hill at Black Squirrel Books

Spinning action!

Man Made Hill at Black Squirrel Books

Pink Noise brought things to a close; for this outing they were down to a duo: Mainstay vocalist Mark, and guitarist Graeme.

Pink Noise at Black Squirrel Books

Graeme frets!

Pink Noise at Black Squirrel Books

Gripping action!

Pink Noise at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Pink Noise at Black Squirrel Books

And, er, that's it!