Friday, November 02, 2018

Rocktober nights

Back in mid-October I headed over to House of Targ for a diverse night of music. Seventies rock fans Flesh Rag were headlining a night, joined by Montreal's Priors, 1980s synth rock fancier Vanity Phase and Ottawa's own Empty Nesters, who kicked things off (they're also playing today at Cafe DeKcuf and Saturday at Black Squirrel Books). Eric is the main brain behind the shoegazey project.

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

Bass action with Philip!

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

Robert hits!

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

More Eric!

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

More Philip!

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

A bit more Robert!

Empty Nesters at House of Targ

Vanity Phase was on next. Andrew was at Targ not so long ago as part of the Devo tribute, and here he is with more synth sounds, 1980s style (i.e. with fingerless gloves).

Vanity Phase at House of Targ

Gesticulating action!

Vanity Phase at House of Targ

And so on!

Vanity Phase at House of Targ

Moog action!

Vanity Phase at House of Targ

Priora played a really lively set. I thought they sounded quite a bit like Hamilton's TV Freaks. They're a supergroup of sorts, with folks from Sonic Avenues and Famines, among other bands, filling out the roster. Here's main brain Chance (last seen on the blog playing bass with the Sonic Avenues).

Priors at House of Targ

Guitar action with Stuart!

Priors at House of Targ

Bass action with Alan!

Priors at House of Targ

Shirtless action!

Priors at House of Targ

More guitar with Seb!

Priors at House of Targ

Drum action with Drew (also of The Famines)!

Priors at House of Targ

Adjusting action!

Priors at House of Targ

More Stuart and Chase!

Priors at House of Targ

Prior action!

Priors at House of Targ

Flesh Rag finished the night off with a tough-sounding set of proto-punkish rock- very Detroit sound style, to my ears. They have a new album out, Inside Your Mind. Here's bassist Eric and guitarist Matt testing the smoke machine (it worked).

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Nathan of TV Freaks, Sweet Dave & The Shallow Graves (among others) mans the drums.

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Caped action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Smokey Eric action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

More guitar with (another) Matt!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Matt sings!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Ruffled action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Drinking and shaking action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Fleshy action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Feedback action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Keyboard action!

Flesh Rag at House of Targ

Good stuff all around!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nice pics Andrew