District Down @ the Eclipse - Friday March 16, 2012For anyone who’s ever been a regular at a bar, it can be weird going back long after it’s heyday. At one point I was pretty much furniture at Catch 22, so when I was told to go to the club currently occupying the former Catch I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was weird walking up to the curb where I watched a dude drop like a redwood with his head on the road and his feet still up on the curb, only to to get yelled at by the manager to get off his property. It was even weirder walking down those steps again, for the kabillionth time. But the weirdest part was probably walking in to see the door being run by some of the old crew who’d been called in at the last minute.
After doing a lap to survey the modest crowd early in the night I took a seat at the booth where I had sat at the beginning of one crazy Catch 22 night, nursing a beer by myself waiting for the mushrooms to kick in. This time though I was just setting up my camera while Pressure Makes Diamonds laid down some very competent blues licks for sound check. Sadly I wouldn’t get to see their set but we’ll get into that shortly. After a couple of pints and a few smokes the show proper was getting underway as out-of-towners Take the Capital hit the stage. They must have been under the impression that they were at the capital because they sure did take it. Full force and lots of energy kept their set going strong, and overall they were a real tight unit.
To be completely honest, I could probably get away with using that description for every band on the bill here. My only concern was the startling lack of an audience, which I think can be blamed on a few factors. Primarily, I discovered over the course of the night that this was the first time the establishment had even been open past 9, and had only recently been licensed. As I mentioned earlier even the security was last minute. Secondly I think this is a symptom of a bigger problem in Oshawa. There used to be a few places to get guaranteed exposure, because there were enough headliners coming through you could get on the right bill and make a bunch of new fans, or at least count on a few regulars to be holding it down.
Speaking of regulars, as Survive to Rise was playing in some of the worst lighting a photographer could hope for, I happened to run into a few. While I’m sitting at the bar taking in the show, an older couple sits down beside me clearly somewhat surprised that there was even a show going on. Didn’t take long to figure out it was going to be one of those nights. Conversation picks up and one thing leads to another, I find out I’m talking to a published author and visual artist who’s interested in doing poster work and whatnot. I think this is great, a healthy interest in supporting local music, and then I see his work…oh…my…god.
If I ever write an autobiography this man is going to have to illustrate it for me, and you can look forward to hearing more about him and his body of work soon. Just so happens they lived around the corner so a quick jaunt over there and I’m checking out some more of his work. Oil paintings, ink and paper, sculpture, all sorts of work. Since I pretty much missed the entirety of Pressure Makes Diamonds, I have replaced what would be pictures of them with a piece of this guy’s work. Fair trade I’m sure. Before heading back things get a little weird. His wife asks me if I’d prefer a 15 year old or an 18 year old…Scotch that is. Never been a huge fan of Johnny Walker until I tried the Gold label.
Fortunately I did make it back in time for the headliners, District Down. Despite the modest crowd they hit the stage like they were playing a packed stadium. For my money, that’s the most important thing a band can do. You might be playing for beer 600 km away to the opening acts’ girlfriends, but you give them the show they deserve. They were tight, fast, and entertaining, or maybe I was just getting a few sheets to the wind at this point, but I’m still pretty sure they were good. It makes me glad to see that bands like these are still coming out of Oshawa, so if you see any of these names on a bill you better come check them out and support your local scene before it dies and takes you with it
- Duke

District Down @ the Eclipse - Friday March 16, 2012

For anyone who’s ever been a regular at a bar, it can be weird going back long after it’s heyday. At one point I was pretty much furniture at Catch 22, so when I was told to go to the club currently occupying the former Catch I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was weird walking up to the curb where I watched a dude drop like a redwood with his head on the road and his feet still up on the curb, only to to get yelled at by the manager to get off his property. It was even weirder walking down those steps again, for the kabillionth time. But the weirdest part was probably walking in to see the door being run by some of the old crew who’d been called in at the last minute.

After doing a lap to survey the modest crowd early in the night I took a seat at the booth where I had sat at the beginning of one crazy Catch 22 night, nursing a beer by myself waiting for the mushrooms to kick in. This time though I was just setting up my camera while Pressure Makes Diamonds laid down some very competent blues licks for sound check. Sadly I wouldn’t get to see their set but we’ll get into that shortly. After a couple of pints and a few smokes the show proper was getting underway as out-of-towners Take the Capital hit the stage. They must have been under the impression that they were at the capital because they sure did take it. Full force and lots of energy kept their set going strong, and overall they were a real tight unit.

To be completely honest, I could probably get away with using that description for every band on the bill here. My only concern was the startling lack of an audience, which I think can be blamed on a few factors. Primarily, I discovered over the course of the night that this was the first time the establishment had even been open past 9, and had only recently been licensed. As I mentioned earlier even the security was last minute. Secondly I think this is a symptom of a bigger problem in Oshawa. There used to be a few places to get guaranteed exposure, because there were enough headliners coming through you could get on the right bill and make a bunch of new fans, or at least count on a few regulars to be holding it down.

Speaking of regulars, as Survive to Rise was playing in some of the worst lighting a photographer could hope for, I happened to run into a few. While I’m sitting at the bar taking in the show, an older couple sits down beside me clearly somewhat surprised that there was even a show going on. Didn’t take long to figure out it was going to be one of those nights. Conversation picks up and one thing leads to another, I find out I’m talking to a published author and visual artist who’s interested in doing poster work and whatnot. I think this is great, a healthy interest in supporting local music, and then I see his work…oh…my…god.

If I ever write an autobiography this man is going to have to illustrate it for me, and you can look forward to hearing more about him and his body of work soon. Just so happens they lived around the corner so a quick jaunt over there and I’m checking out some more of his work. Oil paintings, ink and paper, sculpture, all sorts of work. Since I pretty much missed the entirety of Pressure Makes Diamonds, I have replaced what would be pictures of them with a piece of this guy’s work. Fair trade I’m sure. Before heading back things get a little weird. His wife asks me if I’d prefer a 15 year old or an 18 year old…Scotch that is. Never been a huge fan of Johnny Walker until I tried the Gold label.

Fortunately I did make it back in time for the headliners, District Down. Despite the modest crowd they hit the stage like they were playing a packed stadium. For my money, that’s the most important thing a band can do. You might be playing for beer 600 km away to the opening acts’ girlfriends, but you give them the show they deserve. They were tight, fast, and entertaining, or maybe I was just getting a few sheets to the wind at this point, but I’m still pretty sure they were good. It makes me glad to see that bands like these are still coming out of Oshawa, so if you see any of these names on a bill you better come check them out and support your local scene before it dies and takes you with it

- Duke

The Micronite Filters @ The Atria - Saturday March 3rd 2012 Review




I checked out The Micronite Filters last Saturday night. They were playing with Paper Bag Blues Band and Little Foot Long Foot at the Atria.
You know how sometimes you find something you didn’t even know you were looking for? That was seeing The Micronite Filters play.
These dudes play music, and I’m talking music that hits you in your frigging guts.
The Micronite Filters are forceful and sturdy, hard Blues with an ecstatic metal groove, and a whole lot of soul. Body moving and toe tapping (my shoe now has a hole in it). The rhythmic alliance between Abel’s guitars (one of them is a cigar box!) dirty, bluesy slides, and Angel’s metal/jazz bass-lines made my eyes roll back more than once. His bass is like those tobacco flakes that are always in the pocket. Bruce on the keys keep the deal fun, and he plays sounds on the trombone that creates a shout just as nice as the light bouncing off of it. Drop dead perfect drumming by Reefer, a seriously talented drummer. The guy gets into it, and it shows.The whole set was serious enjoyment, and you could feel the good vibe in the room. I looked around at one point to see everyone dancing. This band leaves you with a feeling that’s almost post-coital - nice stuff!
On a side note: I was giving The Micronite Filters a good listen today, and my Budgie, Bud, went nuts singing along. 
Apparently great music transcends species. 
—RockinFrolics!
The Micronite Filters @ The Atria - Saturday March 3rd 2012 Review
I checked out The Micronite Filters last Saturday night. They were playing with Paper Bag Blues Band and Little Foot Long Foot at the Atria.

You know how sometimes you find something you didn’t even know you were looking for? That was seeing The Micronite Filters play.
These dudes play music, and I’m talking music that hits you in your frigging guts.

The Micronite Filters are forceful and sturdy, hard Blues with an ecstatic metal groove, and a whole lot of soul. Body moving and toe tapping (my shoe now has a hole in it). The rhythmic alliance between Abel’s guitars (one of them is a cigar box!) dirty, bluesy slides, and Angel’s metal/jazz bass-lines made my eyes roll back more than once. His bass is like those tobacco flakes that are always in the pocket. Bruce on the keys keep the deal fun, and he plays sounds on the trombone that creates a shout just as nice as the light bouncing off of it. Drop dead perfect drumming by Reefer, a seriously talented drummer. The guy gets into it, and it shows.
The whole set was serious enjoyment, and you could feel the good vibe in the room. I looked around at one point to see everyone dancing. This band leaves you with a feeling that’s almost post-coital - nice stuff!


On a side note: I was giving The Micronite Filters a good listen today, and my Budgie, Bud, went nuts singing along. 
Apparently great music transcends species. 

—RockinFrolics!

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"I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you’re doing something." — Jim Morrison

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"I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you’re doing something." — Jim Morrison

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The Standstills @ The Thirsty Monk. February 7th 2012 Review
The Standstills played right after Giagantour at the GM Centre ended. As they were setting up at the Thirsty Monk, the pub was filling up with Rock’s most enthusiastic Metal-heads. I was in mid-conversation when The Standstills started their set. I literally stopped mid-sentence and slowly turned around with my eyes wide open. Everyone who was sitting down, stood up. We were all hooked. Jonny Fox on the guitar (Gibson hollow body). Renee Couture on the drums. The sound coming from these two is unbelievable. Tuned down alt rock, with a vein of Blues running through the entire deal. First off; I have never in my life seen a chick drum like this during a pub set. And she has a freaking school recess bell on her kit. What? Yes. She plays strong and hard, and the sound goes right though your body. I caught a total buzz from it. Jonny’s strong licks, and intense slide pulls the whole thing together like a hug from a clap of thunder. They play like they have some sort of telekinesis with one another, and they’re allowing you in on the conversation. Nice retro voice feel on the Shure mic with a sweet custom stand. Their cover of Black Betty is wicked. To give a feel like this to a song done by so many, is an accomplishment in itself. Go see The Standstills live. Just go. Yours truly —RockinFrolics! 

The Standstills @ The Thirsty Monk. February 7th 2012 Review

The Standstills played right after Giagantour at the GM Centre ended. As they were setting up at the Thirsty Monk, the pub was filling up with Rock’s most enthusiastic Metal-heads. I was in mid-conversation when The Standstills started their set. I literally stopped mid-sentence and slowly turned around with my eyes wide open. Everyone who was sitting down, stood up. We were all hooked. Jonny Fox on the guitar (Gibson hollow body). Renee Couture on the drums. The sound coming from these two is unbelievable. Tuned down alt rock, with a vein of Blues running through the entire deal. First off; I have never in my life seen a chick drum like this during a pub set. And she has a freaking school recess bell on her kit. What? Yes. She plays strong and hard, and the sound goes right though your body. I caught a total buzz from it. Jonny’s strong licks, and intense slide pulls the whole thing together like a hug from a clap of thunder. They play like they have some sort of telekinesis with one another, and they’re allowing you in on the conversation. Nice retro voice feel on the Shure mic with a sweet custom stand. Their cover of Black Betty is wicked. To give a feel like this to a song done by so many, is an accomplishment in itself. Go see The Standstills live. Just go. Yours truly —RockinFrolics! 

Charming Ruins and The Bonedevil @ Murphy’s Jan 28 2012 Review
  Charming Ruins take the stage first. This band hits it big, and throw sounds that fill the set like there’s way more people on stage. They have a nice low-fi, bluesy rock feel. Dirty southern rock with a grungy twist, these guys keep the crowd swaying. A throw-back to the late 60’s/early 70’s, they have the rhythm (and the big hair) to back it up. This is simple, blues rock done exactly how it’s supposed to be done. Charming Ruins take their name and personify it in the best possible sense. Well freaking done.
 
  With a new Vinyl LP (sneak peak: it’s smoke coloured) being released by Get Bent Records on March 20th 2012; The Bonedevil kicks it up yet another deep notch at Murphy’s. With their ripping hard, rhythmic, and high energy sound, this Hard Rock band out of Oshawa totally hypnotizes the crowd for their entire set. With deep dark guitar riffs with a shake of psychedelia, and thumping hard drumming that’ll give you an out-of body experience, and will get stuck in your head for a trip back later. They keep tight time and hold it together in the most chaotic songs. And dude has a voice as smooth as a baby’s ass. This guy can seriously sing. This is why we go to shows. We need a t-shirt. Best logo I’ve seen in a while.

Charming Ruins and The Bonedevil @ Murphy’s Jan 28 2012 Review

  Charming Ruins take the stage first. This band hits it big, and throw sounds that fill the set like there’s way more people on stage. They have a nice low-fi, bluesy rock feel. Dirty southern rock with a grungy twist, these guys keep the crowd swaying. A throw-back to the late 60’s/early 70’s, they have the rhythm (and the big hair) to back it up. This is simple, blues rock done exactly how it’s supposed to be done. Charming Ruins take their name and personify it in the best possible sense. Well freaking done.
 
  With a new Vinyl LP (sneak peak: it’s smoke coloured) being released by Get Bent Records on March 20th 2012; The Bonedevil kicks it up yet another deep notch at Murphy’s. With their ripping hard, rhythmic, and high energy sound, this Hard Rock band out of Oshawa totally hypnotizes the crowd for their entire set. With deep dark guitar riffs with a shake of psychedelia, and thumping hard drumming that’ll give you an out-of body experience, and will get stuck in your head for a trip back later. They keep tight time and hold it together in the most chaotic songs. And dude has a voice as smooth as a baby’s ass. This guy can seriously sing. This is why we go to shows. We need a t-shirt. Best logo I’ve seen in a while.

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Who’s going to Gigantour? is everyone excited for Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil?

Who’s going to Gigantour? is everyone excited for Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil?

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Check out The Bonedevil with Charming Ruins and BradleyBoy MacArthur Saturday Jan. 28 at Murphy’s Pub, see the Bonedevil’s music profile at http://durham-live.com/The_BoneDevil.htmlMurphy’s Pub is located at 15 Simcoe St. N. Oshawa

Check out The Bonedevil with Charming Ruins and BradleyBoy MacArthur
Saturday Jan. 28 at Murphy’s Pub, see the Bonedevil’s music profile at
http://durham-live.com/The_BoneDevil.html
Murphy’s Pub is located at 15 Simcoe St. N. Oshawa

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Whenever society gets too stifling and the rules get too complex, there’s some sort of musical explosion" —Slash, Lead Guitarist, Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver

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