October 24, 2014

Augustines at The Garrison

Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I got to see Augustines at The Garrison on October 8. In a very short period of time, Augustines has become one of my favourite bands. Their live performance only served to cement this opinion.
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
This is the type of band that shines on stage. These are the kinds of anthemic and passionate songs that shine when performed live. You can see the intensity on singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy's face. You can see the sweat bead on his forehead. Multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen give it their all, too. This is a band leaving it all on stage, night after night, winning fans over one by one.
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
The band's set included songs from their recent self-titled release, their 2011 release Rise Ye Sunken Ships under the name We Are Augustines and even included tunes from McCarthy and Sanderson's previous band Pela.
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
As often happens at Augustines shows, they performed a few tunes unamplified in the middle of the crowd. I don't know how often the next thing happens, but they then spilled out into the street to serenade the neighbours and finish their set while standing on the wheel well of their uhaul. Very cool and fun way to end the show.
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Augustines at The Garrison in Toronto October 8, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Enjoy some Augustines' music:

"Chapel Song" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships

"Cruel City" from Augustines

"Juarez" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships

"Augustine" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships

"Now You Are Free" from Augustines


"Nothing To Lose But Your Head" from Augustines


"Book of James" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships

"Weary Eyes" from Augustines


They finished up the show on the side of their uhaul, on Dundas Street, with "New Drink for the Old Drunk" from Rise Ye Sunken Ships. Spectatcular performance. So glad that I was introduced to this band.

October 23, 2014

Beach House at Lee's Palace

Beach House at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 4, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Baltimore's Beach House started their second show of a two-night stand at Toronto's Lee's Palace with just the two core band members, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, in moody lighting. They stated that they'd been together as a band for 9 years and were going to play songs from across their career. Then the drummer joined them on stage. A few songs later the 2 multi instrumentalists who also are the two opening acts joined them on stage to fill out the sound. Legrand was in a flirtatious mood, making googly eyes at some of the better looking girls and boys in attendance.
Beach House at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 4, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I like it when bands bring their own lighting to Lee's Palace. It definitely kicks things up a notch or two in the visual excitement department. I like the extra bombast that Beach House brought to some of their tunes. It brings an extra live energy that comes across very well.

Here are some tunes:

"Myth"

"Wishes"

"New Year"

"Wild"

"Lazuli"

"Gila"

"Master of None"

"Irene"

"10 Mile Stereo"

"Zebra"

"Other People"

"Silver Soul"

October 22, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 2 Band 5: Bob Mould

Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
How often do you see an artist leave the ruins of a highly influential band only to have even greater success with his next band, and then enjoy a decades long solo career, all while being completely uncompromising and delivering with an energy and passion that belies his age?
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould started his musical success in Hüsker Dü. After their breakup, he put out a couple of solo albums before forming another power trio called Sugar, which released one of the all time classic alternative rock albums, Copper Blue. After the dissolution of Sugar, Bob returned to his solo albums, where he's been ever since. In between all that, he released an autobiography, See A Little Light; The Trail of Rage and Melody, which I thought was a great read.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesBob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I've seen Bob perform live many times, the first time with Sugar. I've even taken some of my classic iPod Touch pics at his shows at The Mod Club and The Horseshoe. Toronto's Riot Fest was different. This was the first time I actually got to officially photograph this personal influence and legend.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould and the band were in top form, kicking the hell out of the set in a "show 'em how it's done" manner. He opened with some Hüsker Dü in the form of "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Sugar tunes "Changes" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind" made it into the set, as did a handful of tunes from Bob's latest, Beauty & Ruin and a little more Hüsker Dü. The only other solo album he pulled from was 2012's Silver Age and the tune "The Descent".

I'll leave the notes I made during the show intact: Unreal energy. Amazing. The peak of my day.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here's a bunch of stuff from Bob's amazing set.

The two opening tunes. Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Amazing tunes but it doesn't give us photographers a lot of time.

Sugar's "Changes"

"The Descent"

"I Don't You Anymore"

"The War"

"I Apologize"

"If I Can't Change Your Mind"


"Hey Mr. Grey"

"Makes No Sense At All"

October 21, 2014

Haerts announce album details, share new track

Fans of earnest and impassioned synth pop have been awaiting the full-length album release from Haerts for a while now. I've featured a number of Haerts tunes starting with "All The Days" and "Wings" in mid-2013,  the official video for "All The Days" that accompanied the release of the Hemiplegia EP back in August 2013, and "Call My Name" in March of this year.

The band has now announced the release of a full-length album on October 28. They've also shared new tracks including "Giving Up", "Heart" and "No One Needs To Know". Take a listen and mark the date on your calendar.

"Giving Up"

"Heart"

"All The Days"

"Wings"

"Call My Name"


Album cover pic from Facebook.

October 20, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 2 Band 4: Lucero

Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I was supposed to go see Memphis' Lucero the last time they were in Toronto but I never got myself together to go. I made right with Lucero on Day 2 of Toronto's Riot Fest.
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero took to the stage on a glorious day and brought their unique blend of blues and rock, mixed with bits of country and punk, combined with musicianship, attitude, guitars, horns and honky tonk piano. Great stuff!
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesLucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here's a smattering of tunes from their set.

"The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo"

"Nights Like These"

"Women & Work"

"Darken My Door"

"The Last Song"

Did anyone else notice the alligator by the drummer?
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Lucero at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures