Friday, March 13, 2020

Stick to it

In January I toddled over to Cinqhole for a diverse lineup of bands: Synthers Klapshmock, indie rockers Sleep Late, Montreal fuzz gang Barnacle and pop rockers The Thrill. Klapshmock were up first. Here's D. Squat!

Klapshmock at Cinqhole

Keyboard action with Oiseau Sauvage!

Klapshmock at Cinqhole

Klappian action!

Klapshmock at Cinqhole

Vocal action!

Klapshmock at Cinqhole

Tiny keyboard action!

Klapshmock at Cinqhole

On to Sleep Late; here's former Relief Maps singer Kate!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

Bass and guitar action wit James and Jordanna!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

Keltie (also of Bonnie Doon) hits!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

More James!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

Sleepy action!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

 Rhythm section action!

Sleep Late at Cinqhole

The lights got turned down for barnacle so I indulged in some rare flash photography.

Barnacle at Cinqhole

Guitar action!

Barnacle at Cinqhole

Percussive action!

Barnacle at Cinqhole

The whole lot!

Barnacle at Cinqhole

Vocal action!

Barnacle at Cinqhole

The Thrill finished the night off; they're sounding really sharp these days. Here's Mikey preparing for takeoff.

The Thrill at Cinqhole

Drum and guitar action with Kieran and Nigel!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

More Kieran!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

Mikey sings!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

Bass action with Derek!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

More hair and more guitar!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

Bonus Nigel!

The Thrill at Cinqhole

All great stuff.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Mothers and sisters

As the New Year began I hobbled over to the House of Targ to check out some ferocious punk action from Montreal powerhouse NOBRO. Combos Custodians, Magic Mommy and Hang Nail stepped up to provide some extra kick to the night. Montrealers Hang Nail were up first, starting with some shouty action with Alex and Hannah!

Hang Nail at House of Targ

Hannah sings!

Hang Nail at House of Targ

More Hannah!

Hang Nail at House of Targ

Fraser hits!

Hang Nail at House of Targ

On to Magic Mommy! Here's Aaron!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

Sof sings!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

Bass and guitar action with Elo and Fi!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

Gripping action!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

Magical action!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

Guitar action with Lix!

Magic Mommy at House of Targ

New Swears man Sammy J. has done some stuff on the side while his main outfit was rising to fame, Custodian is his new outlet, alongside fellow Swearian Nick.

Custodian at House of Targ

Bass action with Nick!

Custodian at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Custodian at House of Targ

Sammy sings!

Custodian at House of Targ

Sammy jumps about!

Custodian at House of Targ

Nick sings!

Custodian at House of Targ

NOBRO always play a killer set - they'll be back in town for this year's Bluesfest. Here's Kathryn!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Closeup action with Lisandre!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Kathryn sings!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Amused action with Sarah!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Guiar action with Karolane!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Non-brotherly action!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Instrument-switching action!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Sarah rocks the bass!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Microphone-sharing action!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Karolane sings!

NOBRO at House of Targ

Always great!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Axe maniacs

Back on Dec. 16 I gamboled over to Cafe DeKcuf for some heavy rock action. I'll never quite understand why bands from the U.S. decide to tour Canada in the dead of winter, but it's always cool to check out acts like Ruby The Hatchet, alongside a couple of new-to-me local combos. Dead Odyssey kicked things off (they'll also be at the Dominion April 7, sharing the stage with Fotocrime and others). Here's some fuzzy guitar action with Trey!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

Gloved action with Isaac!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

Bass action with Caine!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

More drums!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

More bass!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

More guitar!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

Caine sings!

Dead Odyssey at Cafe DeKcuf

On to Heights Peak with some gripping action from Mick (and also Dr. Bennett on guitar)!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Vocal action with Steve!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Bass action with Ultimate Smooth Walker!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Atheistic action with J-Bone!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Heightened action!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Peak action!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

And so on!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

More heightened action!

Heights Peak at Cafe DeKcuf

Ruby The Hatchet played a great set. Here's singer Jillian!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe 
DeKcuf

Guitar action with Johnny!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Bass and keyboard action with Lake and Sean!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

More Jillian!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Lake shakes!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Owen hits!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Lake sings!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Tambourine action!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

More Sean!

Ruby the Hatchet at Cafe DeKcuf

Great stuff.