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.