Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Twang and bang

A couple of weeks back I headed down to House of Targ for a quadruple shot of roots-rocking action, with local units Dumb and Homely, Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas and Hundred Pacer opening for Detroit's Craig Brown Band. D&H were already rocking away when I headed down the staircase. Here's Sev and T.J.!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Sev demonstrates the proper location to keep one's kazoo (particularly if you're Scottish).

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

T.J. sings!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Washboard action!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Dumb action!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Homely action!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Sev sings!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

Extra T.J.!

Dumb and Homely Band at House of Targ

On to Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas; Chris had a pretty full crew for this show, no doubt in prepartion for the big old tour they're currently on out east. Here's Chris and Stuart (also of Train Jumpers, Dusty Drifters and L. Poushinsky's band).

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

On the other side, Jim from The Ven Dreddies and a much-obscured K.J.

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

Steely action!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

Guitar action!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

More Stu!
Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

Bonus Jim!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

K.J. sings!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

Singalong action!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

The whole lot!

Chris Landry and The Seasick Mommas

Hundred Pacer were up next with a tasty set that leaned more in the direction of 1980s rock - they've really embraced that Echo & The Bunnymen sound. Here's Rey and Chris!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

Sebastian sings!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

Rhythm section action with Kosta and Chris!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

Singalong action!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

More Sebastian!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

Omar hits!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Hundred Pacer at House of Targ

This isn't Craig Brown's first visit to Ottawa - he was here on October 2009, playing guitar with The Terrible Twos at Atomic Rooster. He's done a lot of rock stuff, but in his eponymous outfit he's gone roots rock in the style of The Replacements and Rank and File. Here's Craig and drummer Jeff!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Singalong action with the Drinkard sisters, Caitlin and Bonnie.

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Bass and guitar action with Andrew and Eric!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Sisterly harmony action!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

More bass!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Harmonica action!

Craig Brown Band at House of Targ

Plenty of fun!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The bag they're in

Last week I tramped over to Pressed for some instrumental action by Ottawa musical veterans. Steel guitarist Tom Thompson, who has appeared on the blog playing with Orienteers and Trevor Alguire, started things off with his Chime of Wrens project. He uses effects and looping to create some sounds that had me thinking of Roy Montgomery's work.

Chime of Wrens at Pressed

Steely action!

Chime of Wrens at Pressed

Whammy bar action!

Chime of Wrens at Pressed

Chautauqua were on next; they're a rootsy instrumental quartet featuring folks from Golden Famile, Trees of North America, The Reverb Syndicate and Public Animal. They're playing Irene's Sept. 29 as part of the Pretty Bad Records showcase. First up, Mike from Reverb Syndicate and Golden Famile.

Chautauqua at Pressed

Christine of ToNA, Secret Lovers, Johnnies, Chickpea, et. al breaks out the violin!

Chautauqua at Pressed

Guitar action with Darrel (Golden Famile, ToNA, et. al).

Chautauqua at Pressed

Upright action with Eric from Public Animal and Tricky Woo!

Chautauqua at Pressed

More Christine and Eric!

Chautauqua at Pressed

Extra Darrel!

Chautauqua at Pressed

Instrumental action!

Chautauqua at Pressed

More Mike and Christine!

Chautauqua at Pressed

Adjusting action!

Chautauqua at Pressed

A most pleasant night out.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Buried alive

A week ago I headed downtown for two stories of heavy music at Cafe DeKcuf and Mavericks. Brooklyn crushers Tombs were in town for a show at the upstairs venue, and with Flying Fortress headlining downstairs, why not go to both? Things began at Cafe DeKcuf with Gatineau blackened doomsters Norilsk. Here's some grimacing guitar action!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

A shouty bit with Nicolas!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

Guitar action with Thomas!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

Hairy action!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

More Nicolas!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

He's under there somewhere.

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

More guitar!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

Nick hits!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

And so on!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

Even more Nicolas!

Norilsk at Cafe DeKcuf

Downstairs I went to catch some Mountain Dust (last seen at Targ on a bill with Biblical). They still have a heavy 1970s vibe going on. Here's Patrick working the steel.

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Blair hits!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Brendan sings!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Bass action with Hal!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Bonus Blair!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

More Hal!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Brendan sings some more!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Keyboard action!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Moptop action!

Mountain Dust at Mavericks

Longhouse played next, upstairs. Here's some Flying V action with Marc!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

And even more guitar with Loviatar's Shane!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

Josh sings, Mike hits!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

Gripping action!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

More Marc!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

Extra Shane!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

More Marc and Josh!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

The whole lot!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

More Mike and Shane!

Longhouse at Cafe DeKcuf

Back downstairs for some Black Thunder. The band comes from Regina, Sakatchewan and play a stomping blend of heavy psych and prog. Here's guitarist Tony!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Bass action with Dustin!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Tony sings!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Neil hits!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

More Dustin!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Thundering action!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Even more Dustin!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

More guitar with Tony!

Black Thunder at Mavericks

Barishi turned up the volume upstairs. The Jamaica, Vermont, trio is on tour with Tombs. Here's guitarist Graham!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Bass action with Jonathan!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Dylan hits!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Graham sings!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Extra Jonathan!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

The whole lot!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

More Graham!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Extra Dylan!

Barishi at Cafe DeKcuf

Flying Fortress finished off the Mavericks side of the night with a heavy set. Here's Brandon!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Closeup action!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Steel Rider hits!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

More Brandon!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Percussive action!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

The whole lot!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Even more Brandon!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

A shouty bit!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Headbanging action!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Even more Steel Rider!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

And so on!

Flying Fortress at Mavericks

Finally, Tombs played a killer set. They brought the smoke and a couple of blue lights for illumination, so things weren't so great for photography, but it sure sounded good. Here's frontman Mike!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

Bass action with Ben!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

And so on!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

Rhythm section action with Ben and a barely visible Charlie!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

Singalong action!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

More guitar!

Tombs at Cafe DeKcuf

A loud time was had by all.