Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Valley of the dolls

Montreal's Pale Lips have a new album out and are touring hither and yon to promote it (last I checked, they were in Belgium). Before their European jaunt they came to Ottawa to play a show at Black Squirrel Books along with U.S. labelmates Criminal Kids and Local quartet Holy Christopher. Here's Summer, Andy, Ben and Dave!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Andy sings!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Holy action!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Ben hits!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Rhythm section action!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Hair-tossing action!

Holy Christopher at Black Squirrel Books

Criminal Kids have had some lead guitar issues of late, so they performed as a trio. Here's Ryan, Anthony and Chris!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Ryan sings!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Rhythm section action!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Ryan!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Anthony hits!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Fictional action!

Criminal Kids at Black Squirrel Books

Pale Lips played a hot set, featuring tunes from their latest, After Dark. Here's Ilona and Jackie!

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Bass action with Jamie!

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Singalong action!

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Lynn sings!

Pale Lips at Black Squirrel Books

Jamie hits!

Pale Lips at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Pale Lips at Black Squirrel Books

More Jamie!

Pale Lips at Black Squirrel Books

More singalong action!

Pale Lips at Black Squirrel Books

A fun night.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Let's get heavy

At the start of February I went over to a super triple bill, headlined by Toronto's Humanities, with support from Ultra Love and the always top-notch Dark Plains, who kicked things off. Here's Chuck!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

Andy hits!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Chuck!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

Matt sings!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

Feedback action!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

Rhythm section action!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

More Matt!

Dark Plains at Black Squirrel Books

On to Ultra Love, who played a really tight set. Here's part of Eric and Ted!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

Pascale frets!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

A shouty bit with Eric!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

Pascale sings!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

More Ted!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

Loving action!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

Between the books action!

Ultra Love at Black Squirrel Books

Humanities also played a blistering set, they released a new EP, Unnatural Histories, late in 2018, so this was the first chance for the locals to hear it live. Here's Tashi and Scott on the mic.

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

Rhythm section action with Adam and Miranda!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

Adam hits!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

More Miranda!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

Humane action!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

More Tashi!

Humanities at Black Squirrel Books

Great stuff all around.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Brainstorm

I think it's fair to say that the Lemmy Kilmister tribute night is now an official tradition. Since the Motorhead kingpin died in late 2015, there has been an annual cancer fundraiser at House of Targ, with local and not-so-local groups playing their favourite tunes from his lengthy career in music. First up were GOAT - or GOATerhead, as the dubbed themselves for the occasion - with some Motorhead tunes. Here's Ohio!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Paulie sings!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Mikey hits!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

More Ohio!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Extra Paulie!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

More Mikey!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Ohio sings!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

They also had event organizer Chris Landry up to do some soloing.

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Rhythm section action!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

More Paulie and Chris!

GOATerhead at House of Targ

Next up, Hamilton's Xanadu, with some more Motorhead action. I gather there's a connection with doomsters Astral Witch.

Xanadu at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Bass action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Fretful action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

More bass!

Xanadu at House of Targ

More drumming!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Aviators action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Even more guitar!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Bass-lifting action!

Xanadu at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Xanadu at House of Targ

Chris Landry's own Motorhead tribute act, Motormouth, also featuring Morgan from Criticull and Chris from King Swan. Here's Chris! Again!

Motormouth at House of Targ

Bass action with Morgan!

Motormouth at House of Targ

Percussive action with Chris!

Motormouth at House of Targ

More Chris and Morgan!

Motormouth at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Motormouth at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Motormouth at House of Targ

More Landry!

Motormouth at House of Targ

Most of Monobrow, a bit of Slim & Popular and Chris Landry (again!) brought the evening to a close with some super renditions of Hawkwind tunes. Here's Dave from S&P!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

Adjusting action with Sam!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

Chris sings!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

Guitar action with Paul!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

More Dave!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

More Sam!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

And so on!

Monobrow and Friends at House of Targ

A great night for a good cause.