Sunday, July 15, 2018

Back and black

As June wound to a close I headed over to House of Targ for some metal action, delivered by Boston heavyweights Black Mass, resurrected locals Infrared (I was invited by Asher Media Relations, their publicists, so I got in for free), Mortor and Cornwall's Unknown. Unknown were on first. Who are they? I don't know. Just kidding, here's some guitar action with Joe!

Unknown at House of Targ

Obscured action with Neight!

Unknown at House of Targ

Constant motion with Kyle!

Unknown at House of Targ

More guitar!

Unknown at House of Targ

Bass action with Jay!

Unknown at House of Targ

Extra Neight!

Unknown at House of Targ

More Jay!

Unknown at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Unknown at House of Targ

More Kyle!

Unknown at House of Targ

Backlit action!

Unknown at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Unknown at House of Targ

On to Mortor, who put on a killer set of death thrash. Here's Jonathan on vocals!

Mortor at House of Targ

Six-string bass action with Nicolas!

Mortor at House of Targ

Extra Jonathan!

Mortor at House of Targ

Guitar action with band founder David!

Mortor at House of Targ

Hair-tossing action with Nicolas!

Mortor at House of Targ

And the award for best guitar-face goes to Adam!

Mortor at House of Targ

Jonathan sings!

Mortor at House of Targ

Jay hits!

Mortor at House of Targ

More David!

Mortor at House of Targ

Tippy-tappy action!

Mortor at House of Targ

Even more Jonathan!

Mortor at House of Targ

Extra Adam!

Mortor at House of Targ

Adam bends!

Mortor at House of Targ

Infrared first surfaced in the mid 1980s, then called it a day in 1989. Twenty-five years later they decided to head back to the visible spectrum, and it's really like no time has passed at all: They played a killer set of classic thrash. They'll be playing again Sept. 3, as will Mortor, on a bill at Mavericks headed by another old school combo, Venom Inc.  Here's Armin on guitar and vocals!

Infrared at House of Targ

More guitar with Kirk!

Infrared at House of Targ

Alain hits!

Infrared at House of Targ

And so on!

Infrared at House of Targ

Extra Kirk!

Infrared at House of Targ

Armin sings!

Infrared at House of Targ

Bass action with Mike!

Infrared at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Infrared at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Infrared at House of Targ

More guitar!

Infrared at House of Targ

Even more Alain!

Infrared at House of Targ

Alain sings!

Infrared at House of Targ

Black Mass also killed, playing a doom-tinged thrash. Here's bassist Cristian!

Black Mass at House of Targ

Brendan sings!

Black Mass at House of Targ

Percussive action with Alex!

Black Mass at House of Targ

More Brendan!

Black Mass at House of Targ

Alex hits!

Black Mass at House of Targ

More Brendan!

Black Mass at House of Targ

Massive action!

Black Mass at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Black Mass at House of Targ

A really solid night.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Young and wild

I had a genuinely novel experience near the end of June: I went to a show that was not at Bluesfest where most of the audience was actually older than I am! The occasion of course was Jr. Gone Wild's triumphant return to touring. They were alt-country before country was alt, cowpunk before punks had cows ... well, enough gab; Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers got the honour of opening things up. Here's Tim!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Jeb hits!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Jim sings!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Bass action with Dick!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Porcine action!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Singalong action!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

Extra Jeb!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

More Richard!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

More Jim!

Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers at the Dominion Tavern

On to Jr. Gone Wild; here's some introduction action with Richard and Steve!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Percussive action with Larry!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Mike sings!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Steve sings!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Dove sings!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

More Mike!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Extra Dove!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Tuning action!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

More Larry!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Singalong action!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Harmonica action!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Albertan action!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Dominion Tavern

Some fun!