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MTBC play solid show for Owl

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 The spirit of the ’90s alternative rock was strong with local band Molly the Boy Cat, aka MTBC who played to a pretty packed Owl Acoustic lounge, Saturday, Jan. 13.

MTBC playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 They played a tight set of Pixies inspired ’90s alternative rock showcasing the vocals of Rob Cooper, who’s sound reminded me of local band the Supervoid and their vocalist Jon Vornbrock.

Silvana Campus supplied the bottom end with big base and haunting background vocals.

Drummer Garwin Poff laid down a solid beat and Quint Viskup showed his prowess on guitar, rather than the bass I’m used to seeing him play.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Peter and the Wolves test new songs for Lethbridge Folk Club

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Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves took advantage of an attentively listening Lethbridge Folk Club  crowd to try out some new songs and showcase their piano powered side at the Lethbridge College Cave, Saturday, Jan. 13.Peter and the wolves playing the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Jan 13. Photo by Richard Amery
I arrived  in time to watch  Peter Cormier be possessed by the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis as he grinned and hammed away at his keyboards, while a couple of couples rocked and rolled alongside the attentively listening audience.

 The tight band dressed in natty suits and ties played several new songs and a lot of rock and roll boogie woogie classics including a couple of more obscure Jerry Lee Lewis songs including “Breathless.”

 They also played a little Little Richard and several originals from their two CDs.

 He picked up his guitar for a couple of originals including “Rock It Back in Time” as well as new songs to appear on an upcoming CD including “Jailbird Josephine.”

 There were old rock and roll classics including “Runaround Sue, and Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy”

 A newer highlight was “Sundae Morning Blue.”

 They wound down a solid show by showing off their bluesy side on a tortured version of blues classic “St. James Infirmary.”
 They received a standing ovation and were called back for an encore, which closed the show around 11:30 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 January 2018 09:03 )

Bryant Watson duo share new music

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Friday night was all about country and roots music. The Bryant Watson duo aka Pete Watson and Joel Bryant returned to the Owl Acoustic lounge, Jan 12.

The bryant Watson Duo at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 12. photo by Richard Amery
 I hadn’t seen them  for a while and  as it turned out, they had new songs to share as Joel Bryant, got inspired by a bad break up to write a lot of new songs.
 Pete Watson laid down some sweet guitar solos wile Bryant sang his heart out.

In addition to lots of new songs they played lots of covers including an impressive version of the Allman Brothers band’s “Rambling Man, complete with harmonized guitar solos, the duo played on acoustic  guitars.

They showed equally impressive, tender vocal harmonies on a pretty version of the Eagles’ “ Peaceful, Easy Feeling.”
They ended their first set with a  cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Hurtin” revisit ’90s country

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Local country band Hurtin’ revisited some of the best ’90s country music at the Slice, Jan 12.

Hurtin’s playing the Slice, Jan. 12. photo by Richard Amery Shael and Keenan Pezderic plus drummer Dustin Gergel were joined by Scott Mezei adding extra acoustic guitar to the set and a little bit of electric on classics like “Amarillo In The morning,” and favourites from Hal Ketchum, Ronnie Milsap and Dwight Yoakam, with which they ended their first set.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 January 2018 08:55 )

Daniel Romano brings punk project Ancient Shapes to Lethbridge this week

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  • There is no dust on versatile  Welland, Ontario based musician Daniel Romano.

 Though it is only January he has already released four albums, including three country albums and ”Rats Forever” the sophomore album for his power pop/punk project “Ancient Shapes,” which he brings to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sunday, Jan. 28 to play with Edmonton’s Wares and local alternative rock project Ghost Woman.

“I think it’s four albums,” said Romano from Calgary where he is touring out west to Victoria with the country band, before returning east to Montreal with the punk band Ancient Shapes  which, other than Kay Berkel, is a completely different line-up including Nat Case, Hamilton musician David Nardi and Kev Bell.

 He is also part of an art show in Clagary with photographer Seb Buzzalino, featuring Romanos grpoahic design work.

“ I’ve been making art as long as I've been making music. I design my own album covers,” he said, adding he is excited to bring the punk band on tour.

“Ancient Shapes is a completely different band. It is a power pop/ punk  band. We’re going cross Canada for 15 shows,” he said.

 Ancient Shapes is a bit of a throwback to the beginning of his career, when he was part of punk band Attack in Black.

He is pleased with the new EP.
“The first EP is only about 15 minutes long, the second is 23 minutes long. The new one is faster and louder. The biggest difference is for  Ancient Shapes, I sit down and record the drums first and write the songs on top of the drums. I talk about topics like flowers and love and flowers,” he quipped.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:55 ) Read more...
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