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Chevelles christen new Sound Garden stage

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The Chevelles christened the new stage  at Sound Garden, Sept. 18 and 19.

The Chevelles at Sound Garden, Sept. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 Sound Garden have moved the stage to the centre of the room,  rather than in the corner, where a pool table now sits.

 They have draped three sheets of plexiglass from the ceiling don to the railing of the stage. I was impressed with the  lights and sounds as I could hear every note the Chevelles played and sang.


I only caught the last set on Sept. 19. I wanted to see  how they broke in new bassist / vocalist Seamus Chevelle aka Joe Brewster.
 He adds an impressive baritone harmony and also sings some impressive high notes as he  showed on a note perfect cover of Motley Cruë’s “Home Sweet Home.”
 He added more of a punk edge, singing Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” and Rebel Yell.”
He also adds bagpipes to the Chevelles’ tool box, though I missed that as he brought them out in the  second set.
This set included   the usual suspects-lots of classic rock including   “Sprit In the Sky,” which drummer Don Plettell sang.
Other highlights included Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child,” and  a hot cover of Ace Frehley’s “Back in the New York Groove.”

The Chevelles will be playing Sound Garden regularly. They will be back in a coupleof weeks. Adequate plays next weekend. Suite 33 will be there in a few weeks as well.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 15:53 )

Energetic music at the Slice with Rebel Angel, Tyrants of Chaos and Andi Roberts Band

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The Slice was packed for another one of Ben Lamb’s massive multi-band shows, Sept. 19.

Curtis Vaselenak gets ready to rock with Tyrants of Chaos. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Fractures of Etalon again, but was just in time for the debut of Ben Lamb’s brand new Volbeat tribute, Rebel Angel.

I’ve never really listened to the Danish rockers Volbeat, other than to hear them occasionally on modern rock stations, but I was impressed.
Ben Lamb impressively aped Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen’s voice.

 As a bonus, the more than sold out audience got to hear the more heavy rock side of country singer Breanne Urban, who was sharing lead vocal duties, of course behind plexiglass boxes due to Covid. I recognized a few  songs that are played on the radio.Andi Roberts band’s Sheldon Arvay reflected in plexiglass. Photo by Richard Amery
 Braeden Rouse was on hand to lay down some sizzling guitar solos, and the rest of the band shouted out some impressive gang vocals to add to the massive voices of  Ben Lamb and Breanne Urban.

 Tyrants of Chaos were up next. The local power metal band have a new bassist and introduced four new songs they have been writing since Covid crippled live music.

 They played a solid set of ’80’s  and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, drawing heavily from the wells of Iron Maiden.
Powered by the air raid siren shrieking of frontman Phil Sirias, and twin guitar attack of Curtiss Vaselenak and Josh Nichol, there were plenty of galloping guitar riffs, harmonized soling and war history inspired lyrics. They happily delivered everything ’80s metal  aficionados could  ever want.
A couple of  war inspired new songs included  Black Cap and  Red Rage, which I think was inspired by First Nations and settlers.

They took things down a notch with a slower new song, then wound up another intense set with covers of Pantera’s “Cowboys Rebel Angels’ Ben Lamb and Breanne Urban at the Slice, Sept. 19. Photo by Richard Ameryfrom Hell” and a Slayer cover.

The Andi Roberts band are always a delight to watch. Powered by Sheldon Arvay’s guitar attack and lead singer Andi Roberts’ massive voice, they delivered a high  spirited set of classic rock covers. Tyrants of Chaos drummer Ryan Dyck was doing double duty as the Andi Roberts band’s drummer as well.
 They began a fast paced set with a cover of Don Henley’s  “Boys of Summer’ which had more in common with the Ataris’ punk cover than the original.
 The rest of the set was in the same vein.

Andi Roberts singing with the Andi Roberts band. Photo by Richard Amery
 They crashed into a fast version of Pat Benetar’s hit “Hit Me With your Best Shot.” and bassist Joey Steckly took lead vocals on John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good.” 

Roberts sang an impressive version of Meredith Brook’s late ’90s hit  “Bitch.”
Steckly also sang another Mellancamp hit “ Wild Night.”

 I would have stayed for the rest of the show, but  didn’t want to miss a revamped Chevelles at Sound Garden.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 13:19 )

Peter and the Wolves rock it back in time ’50s style at the Slice

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 Peter and the Wolves returned to the Slice to rock the house ’50s style for a sold out crowd, Friday Sept. 18.

Peter Cormier of Peter and the Wolves at the Slice, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
The energetic trio, fronted by keyboardist/guitarist Peter Cormier was augmented by Sydney Zadravec adding extra vocals and lead guitar while Cormier tickled the 88s behind a three quarter box of plexiglass.

 Zadravec also had her own plexiglass box.

I was just in time for set two, which featured a newer favourite “Wolfman” and a new keyboard powered song “Hurry Hurricane.”

 Most of their set was spirited, up tempo original ’50s style rockabilly and rock and roll. Though they added their beloved cover of blues classic “St. James Infirmary.”

Sydney Zadravec playing with Peter and the Wolves at the Slice, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 Cormier played keyboards for the first half of the set before taking over on guitar midway through for a few new songs including a  highlight “El Camino Real Monterrey” and a couple of new covers.

Cormier sang Buddy Holly’s “Love’s Made A Fool of You,” and  Zadravec lead them through Bob Seger’s “Travellin’ Band.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 12:09 )

Don Cassell and Dil Jopp introduce new music to Owl

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Musicians and music fans are understandable getting antsy being unable to partake in live music.

Don Cassell and Dil Jopp at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 But it has also given them a chance to  write new music and learn a few new covers.

 Don Cassell and  Dil Jopp  from Dark Wrangler got to show off  new music on an almost completely full patio and another dozen people listening inside to their loose set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 18.

 Cassell played and sang a couple new originals in his ragged voice, reminiscent of John Fogerty , one inspired by Covid, while Jopp added bass and harmony vocals.

 She took the lead on a Frazey Ford cover of “Blue Streak Mama.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:56 )

Coda back at Honker’s Pub with blues and classic rock favourites

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 Live music was back pretty much everywhere this weekend. it gave me a chance to see how different  venues are coping with new Covid protocols.
 Local blues rock band made a long awaited return to Honker’s Pub, Friday, Sept. 18.Coda playing Honker’s Pub, Sept. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 Every venue is required to  have bands playing behind  sheets of  plexiglass, which gives the effect of bands playing in a giant terrarium, but as long  we have  live music again, it’s worth putting up with.

 Honker‘s has three sheets  of plexiglass  hanging from the ceiling to almost the floor.

 I caught Coda’s second set.

  The vocals were a little  echoey and muffled.
 But they played a fun set of classic rock and blues with guitarist Sheldon Shukaliak, keyboardist Cory Rasmussen and bassist taking turns singing lead vocals and adding harmonies. Ben Lamb  kept the rhythm behind them on drums.

They opened with Shukaliak singing  an immediate highlight of David Wilcox’s “Riverboat Fantasy.”

 Rasmussen, whose keyboard was front and centre on the small stage flanked by Shukaliak and Maddeaux followed that up by leading the band through Van Morrison’s bar room favourite ‘Brown Eyed Girl.”

 Maddeaux brought them back to the blues with blues classic “ Hold On I’m Coming.”

 They showed off  their vocal harmonies on the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.” which also included a Cory Rasmussen keyboard solo and a Shukaliak guitar solo.
 He also sang an excellent version of another blues classic “ She Caught the Katy” as well as “Sweet Home Alabama” before Ben Lamb got the spotlight to sing  Bad Company”s “Can’t Get Enough.”
I left during a hot version of  “The House is Rocking” to catch a few other gigs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:46 )
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