Review Of The ‘Punk In The Creek’ Matinee.

(*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!

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Review of The Nailheads + guests at Doors Pub.

For as much as I tout the Hamilton Punk scene, there are bands from nearby municipalities, and provinces, that kick an equal amount of a*s. And they each have a unique niche, which I believe to be vital.

The bands that played on May 26th, at Doors Pub, were a prime example. Web Society hail from Stoney Creek. The Rebel Arms made their way from Grimsby. The Beta 58s came from Kingston. And the Nailheads crossed provinces, leaving their Montreal home base to play for Hamilton and area fans.

No bands from Hamilton played that night, but given the bands that did play, it’s perfectly fine.

1st Band: Web Society.

This band just keeps getting better. With both an awesome sound and a live presence you can’t help but notice. Theirs is a wonderful chaos of influences that one can hear, with elements of Pop-Punk, Ska, Hard-Core, and Ontario ’77 Punk.

Just as compelling as their music though is the performance itself. On the 26th Web Society did as usual for them. Which is taking high velocity music and giving a crowd hungry for Punk just what they wanted. 10 out of 10.

2nd Band: The Rebel Arms.

They may not be from Hamilton. But I have come to think of the Rebel Arms as ‘One Of Our Own.’ They are down-to-earth, hard-working, and rockin’. And that reflects in their set.                                                                                                                                                                                               The band performed yet another hard-hitting set on the 26th. (As brought to life by mosh pit that formed.)

But along with the Hard-Core moments were the moments of fun and just plain rock ‘n’ roll.

One thing is sure. The Rebel Arms know how balance Punk Rock. 10 out of 10.

3rd Band: The Beta 58’s.

I had no idea of what the Beta 58’s would sound like prior to seeing them perform.

(If I haven’t heard of a band, I prefer to keep myself in the dark sonically. It has led to some new favorites.)

I’m glad I went with my trusted route. Because this band’s live sound? Rockabilly crossed with Hard-Core!

(NO Psychobilly aesthetics or anything. Just crossed genres.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I was immediately drawn in by this interesting take on Punk. Sometimes the band did an entire song in 80’s Hard-Core style. Sometimes they did a whole Rockabilly tune. But more often than not, I could hear both genres in each song. 10 out of 10.

4th Band: The Nailheads.

The Nailheads are a band that get quite the buzz, despite being together less than 5 years. And after their set on the 26th, it’s easy to see why.

This Montreal three-piece had great songs that discuss modern issues and have a modern Punk sound to go with it.

But, they also had their songs where they reminded me of the late 80’s Montreal Punk band Fail Safe.

They also gave a vibrant set. Not only were they scrambling around the stage, I even managed to get a picture of one member in mid- air.

Just goes to show that some things do live up to their hype.

Show Listings That Herald The Beginning Of Summer.

Almost everybody and everything goes through a financial tight spot. The official version of Thunder, which is printed and distributed in Hamilton, is no exception. I recently had two birthdays and a Mother’s day to celebrate. I love to celebrate, but of course; as a student, there is a budget to consider.

So this post, which is made up of the listings that would normally go into an issue, will be published on here and on my Facebook. This is what I consider the blog/ electronic portion of Thunder, so I’m also toying with the idea of posting the latest 2 issues here. If I do, everyone will be notified because I am really excited for the upcoming ones.

Listings:

May 25th. The Nailheads, At What Cost, And Beta 58’s play the Devil’s Cellar. (Downstairs of the Celts’s pub.) $5 and All Ages because of a preceding event. The event listing says that there are more bands to be announced.

May 26th. The Nailheads, Web Society, The Rebel Arms, Beta 58’s and At What Cost play the Doors Pub. Show starts at 9:00pm, and admission is $5. 19+.

May 27th. Skatalyst, Not, Ghetto Blaster, and Small Town Get Up play This Ain’t Hollywood in Sunday skaSlamfest 11. Show starts at 3:00pm, and it’s $6 to get in.

May 29th. Rackula, The Brixton Robbers, Maladroit, Bourbon DK, and At What Cost play the Casbah Lounge. It’s $5 admission, and bands start at 8:30.

May 31st. Adelleda, Useless ID, and Fortune Cookie play the Casbah Lounge. Bands start at 8:00pm, and it’s $10.

June 1st. The Coven are playing as part of the series A Gothic and Industrial Night. The show takes place at Doors Pub, and cover is $5. Must 19 or over.

June 2nd. Ab Irato, The Pre-Nods, At What Cost, and Jenkum play City Lights. Doors open at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10, and it’s a 19+ event.

Also on June 2nd: Volk, Dimensions, Quiet Lakes, Unbowed, and Argus Panoptes play the Doors Pub. It’s $10 to get in, bands start at 8:15pm, and it’s 19+.

June 3rd. The Southern Famine Tour comes to Hamilton. This event will be held at Doors Pub, and features Swords Of Texas, Eyeswithoutaface, Lung, and The Blind Surgeons Operation. Event poster says more bands to be announced. $5 admission. Must be 19 or over.  Start time is 8:00pm.

June 9th. The ‘Real’ Royal Tour comes to Hamilton. The Royal Crowns are celebrating their CD release with this tour, and opening for them are blues two-piece Frankie and Jimmy; and The Hellbent Rockers. There is a workshop before the performances, entitled ‘Rockabilly Jive.’ All I know right now is the price, which is $10.

June 10th. Meh, The Rebel Arms, Bourbon DK, and The Blind Cats play Crash Landing Basement. $5 at the door and All Ages. Starts at 3:00pm.

June 14th-17th. Burlington Sound Of Music Festival. This year’s line-up features the Arkells, Wintersleep, Mother Mother, and more. Admission is free. I recommend going to soundofmusic.ca for details, as there are quite a few.

June 15th and 16th. Invasion Infernale Fest. A Two Day Black/ Viking Metal Festival.  Day 1 is at The Doors Pub and kicks off at 7:00pm. Bands featured are Korrupt and Pagan Ritual. Day 2 is at The Corktown. Bands playing that day include Unbowed and Volk. This day also starts at 7:00pm. Must 19 or older to attend. Now, you can pay separately both days, which totals to $25, or buy a pass for $20. Passes go on sell today at Books and Beats; and at Dr. Disc. Only 50 passes are available.

Also on June 15th. As part of NXNE, Daps Records is putting on a showcase at Sneaky Dee’s. Bands will include Hussy, Cartoons, and Odonis Odonis. There is not a ticket price listed, but start time  is listed as 7:00pm.

June 24th. Endow, Snakecharmer, Dismantle, and Laid To Rest play Sunday Slamfest 12. No further details at this time.

June 29th-July 2nd. It’s Your Festival. No word on who will be performing for 2012. But I attended last year and saw Rackula and Spoiled Rotten. It says on their website to check back for performers and schedule, so here is the site: itsyourfestival.ca

July 20th. Class Assassins play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

July 28th. Grim City Punk Rock Party and Skate Jam. Features Adelleda, Web Society, Rebel Arms, and more. This event will be held at Grimsby Skate Park. No monetary admission, but there is a food drive that needs donations. Everything kicks off at 1:00pm.

July 29th. Skullians play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

It’s summer to me when it’s warm and there are lots of shows. So be sure to head out while it’s nice and support the music in this province.