(*Note: Everything contained in this review, whether details of the musical performance or the reactions of the audience, are as written. There have been no exaggerations.)
I acknowledge this review is late.
Usually, I write a review a day after a show. (If I have received a migraine from the glorious noise, it will be 3 days. At most.)
The reason for the delay?
I couldn’t think of what to say to fully describe what I saw and heard.
So below is the best I can do. But I don’t feel as if I’ve captured how spectacular the Punk In The Creek matinée was.
Last Saturday, I went to Stoney Creek for a Punk show. And it was one of those shows that had to be experienced in person. The bands were in great form. The sound was terrific. The atmosphere was amazing.
But mostly, the people responded in a way I would expect of a huge concert, and I saw that Stoney Creek is another place in Ontario that can be a fertile home for Punk.
This was easily one of the 10 best Punk shows I have EVER been too. I hope host Brandon Kummer organizes more matinees, as the audience was a force that seemed eager for more Punk Rock. (And I include myself in that count.)
1st Band: Web Society.
The vocals were clear and sharp. Brandon Kummer’s guitar shredded. Stephen Petrina’s drums pounded. And the bass of Jeffrey Mills thudded. And yet something was different this time.
There was a ferocity and drive that seemed to present itself at unprecedented levels, and it was incredible to witness. Web Society were superbly in their element, and at the best I’ve ever seen and heard them.
For a long time, Web Society was known as a Pop-Punk band. But to see their set on Saturday was to hear a band that was Punk Rock and nothing else.
This was an amazing home-town set, and of a variety I’ve seen all too rarely. (Guest Simon Marshall, of Adelleda, joined the guys for a song and added a cool touch to the already great set.) For people who don’t believe hometown shows make a difference, this was proof.
10 out of 10.
2nd band: The Rebel Arms.
I’ll admit, I was surprised when I heard that the Rebel Arms would be playing this matinée. I thought, for his first effort as an organizer, Mr Kummer would stick with Stoney Creek bands.
But he didn’t, and the Grimsby four-piece took to the stage in one of their most intense shows.
Lead singer Bobby Dell was red in the face and yelling some of the lyrics. While remaining melodic, the music was at the most Hard-Core I’ve ever heard it. The rest of the band was at the best I’ve ever heard them. But coolest of all, Adelleda’s Steve Vos guested as a stand-up drummer. While the Rebel Arms drummer and singer beat on other parts of the kit. That was a hint of the craziness to come later in the evening.
10 out of 10.
3rd Band: NOT.
NOT has always been a great band.
They’ve got a unique sound. (Ska-Punk-Jazz. Skapazz?)
They’re from Stoney Creek, but they come to Hamilton and play killer shows.
And they’re young, but they put more into their shows than some people who are older than them.
But last Saturdays set? HOLY F**K.
Lead singer Nathan Ivanco, who seemed to be taking a cue from the Snakecharmer school of intensity, actually dove into the crowd and yelled lyrics into the face of a friend/ fan.
And the sheer movement of people!
They had massive mosh pits. They came on-stage to guest on songs. And they dove off stage. Nothing stopped moving until the band’s music was done.
This was NOT’s best set, by far. No question.
10 out of 10.
4th Band: Adelleda.
While they tout themselves as a Hamilton band, the fact remains that some members of Adelleda are from Stoney Creek.
So it was interesting to see what they would play like in a home environment.
But while they seemed excited to be playing a home show, they did as they always do. They gave the set their all.
Guitarists Steve Vos and Chris Allan were, as they usually are, the formidable guitar duo providing great riffs.
Drummer Simon Marshall threw out his infectious, thunderous drum beats. (With a ton of energy, despite doing guest vocals on a few sets and moshing much of the night.)
Lead vocalist Adam Shea took a different approach to the night, and spent much of the set in the pit. Even with the going, Adam’s vocals came out great.
Bassist Kevin March’s work was impressive. His bass pounded the air loud and clear.
Alot of craziness ensued with Adelleda’s set. I got to guest on some songs. People threw a couch. Everyone in the audience came on-stage to sing the final song.
In short, Adelleda didn’t disappoint.
10 out of 10.
I would like to thank Brandon Kummer for organizing this show, the interview he gave, and the treatment I received as the photographer. It was an awesome show Brandon , and I hope to see more!