October 17, 2021

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

 Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
I love a powerful rock song; a huge chorus with strong vocals, cool hooks, huge guitars, great keys, and a rock solid rhythm section. Call it rock, classic rock, power pop, pop-rock or whatever else you want to call it. Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs hit that spot for me. 

After live music ground to a halt after mid-March 2020, I was so ready to hear powerful rock songs live again. It was so good to see and hear Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs crank out their songs live again at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Although the audience had to stay in their seating areas for the show, and the capacity of The Phoenix was severely limited, we got to experience live music again. It was a demonstration of human resilience and our unshakeable desire to share music with our fellow humans in a collective experience. 

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs played tunes from their latest release, Real One, their 2017 self-titled release. We got to experience favourites both new and familiar including "Back with the Gang", "Talk to Her", "You Don’t Have to be Nice" including an appearance by the double-neck, "PhD", "Tough", Real One" and more. 

Montreal power trio Les Shirley opened up the show. Check out my coverage of their show right here

Check out my previous coverage of the band from when Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs first blew me away at Riverfest Elora, and from awesome shows at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, The Elora Brewing Company, Jasper Dandy, and The Garrison

Take a listen to some Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs music and catch these guys next time they're playing a show near you. 

 "Back with the Gang"

"Talk 2 Her"

"PhD"

"Tough"

Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

 Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer

Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Les Shirley at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Montreal rock power trio Les Shirley played their first Toronto show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 27 warming things up for Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs. Check out my shots of their set right here.
 
Les Shirley crank out fun, powerful, dynamic tunes with strong vocals, huge guitar riffs and chords, solid bass and groove-laden drums, with tons of energy and passion. They got people up and dancing in their socially-distanced seats. Their album Forever is Now, is out now.

Check out some of their tunes:

"Easy Target", "1994" and "Fuck It I'm In Love"

September 6, 2021

Ellevator at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Ellevator  at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 26, 2021 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
It was March 11 of 2020 the last time I photographed a live band or saw a live band in an actual venue. March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. Another world. So much has changed outside of the pandemic; but that’s a story for another time and place. What stayed the same is my love of music and especially of live music.

An Ellevator show was the perfect event to bring me out of hiding and back into a venue with a camera. The Hamilton quartet quickly became one of my favourite bands after the very first time I saw them perform back at Riverfest Elora in 2016.

For this show, Indie 88's Back at It show number one, they opened with a quiet version of "St. Cecilia". They cranked things up for a powerful set that included "Hounds", a new song, their excellent cover of "Running Up That Hill",  "Struggle/Lost" and more. I found the last song cathartic with singer Nabi Sue Bersche sat on the front edge of the stage singing her heart out. Such great intensity with an intimate feel to end the set. 

It was definitely a different vibe with a small, seated audience; but I’m not complaining. I felt like I was new again. It was so good to be back in a live music venue seeing a band again. And I’m happy it could be one of my favourites. 

Behind the camera, I felt a little different. Rusty. I felt that my muscle memory was badly faded. I felt a little out of sorts. That will sort itself out pretty quickly.

If you want to check out my other pics of Ellevator from past shows, click on these links to them at Hillside 2019, at Longboat Hall, at The Danforth Music Hall, at Riverfest Elora 2018, at Field Trip 2018, and at Riverfest Elora 2016.

Please check out some of Ellevator's music:

"Easy"

"St. Cecilia"

"Hounds"

"Running Up That Hill"

August 6, 2020

Control Top at The Monarch Tavern - Remixed Concert Photos

Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
Here's a shot from the last concert I attended before lockdown. There hasn't really been much going on with my site since then, due to the obvious lack of concerts. 

I was never super happy with the photos I took at that last show - Control Top's fantastic performance at The Monarch Tavern on March 11. I've been thinking about sending them through the editing process again to see if I can get some better results. This is what I have so far.

Here's the original:
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words
I think that new one is worlds better. Off I go to remix all the rest and update the original post. 

Love you and can't wait to be out to enjoy live music again, whenever that will happen.

Be well!

April 29, 2020

Control Top at The Monarch - Concert Photos

Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
Control Top at The Monarch Tavern on March 11, 2020 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos nikon d750 camera yyz photographer
If you're reading this post in the period relatively soon after I published it, then you're acutely aware of what's going on. If you're looking back at this from quite a time along, you might forget exactly what was going on at this exact moment in human history. I hope the world has returned to something resembling normal. Whatever that actually means anymore.

I'm well known for taking some time with my edits and my posts. Some of it's due to lifestyle, some it it's to do with juggling responsibilities, some of it's to do with awaiting the editing muse. This time, it might be different. This time, it might be due to the fact that I don't know when I'll see another live band, in front of me, in a live music venue, and publishing this post is kind of an end.

When I finished editing all my photos from 2019 I felt like I’d cleaned the slate and was optimistic about what 2020 would hold. I’d get better at posting quickly and being on top of my concert calendar. I was optimistic and hopeful about the year ahead for music and for my place in it.

Now that the world is a different place, I have been procrastinating on editing the photos from this last show. While we have to stay in our homes, and certainly not gather in close and sweaty proximity to each other in front of musical acts like Control Top, I long for the busy concert calendar that laid out before me, and the innocent plans I had for 2020 including travel and adventure, and I think I just don't want to accept the change.

Now back to our regular programming...

Back on March 11, I attended my first-ever show at The Monarch Tavern. It was headlined by Control Top and featuring Weeping Icon and The Effens.

I knew Control Top from their Covert Contacts album and the fantastically energetic and addictive tune "Chain Reaction". The tune impressed me enough to land on my Favourite Songs of 2019 list. Check it out.

Control Top are a post-punk power trio from Philadelphia. They put on a show of unrelenting intensity that got me and everyone else hyped. They played The Monarch back in June and were happy to be back. Their tunes all sounded great live and amped up the energy and power of their recorded music.

When will they be back? When will another band perform at this venue? Who knows. Until then I'll be looking forward to the return of live music and to hearing the new music that Control Top are working on.

Cherish the good times life gives you, or that you go get. Show gratitude for what you have, because you'll never know what the future will bring. All the best, everyone. Be well.

Please check out my shots or Weeping Icon and local personal favourites The Effens from this show.

And give a listen to some tunes from Control Top:

"Office Rage"

"Black Hole", "Type A", "Covert Contracts", "Chain Reaction", "Straight Jackets", "Ego Deaf", "Unapologetic"