July 28, 2018

NXNE 2018: Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's - Concert Photos

Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Marlon Chaplin at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I'm a big fan of up-and-coming Toronto singer-songwriter Marlon Chaplin. Last month, he and his band played Cherry Cola's as part of NXNE 2018 with The Nursery. I've covered his past shows at this same venue for NXNE 2017 and at Lee's Palace in 2016. Click through and check out my photos from those excellent shows. Marlon consistently writes impassioned, genre-defying songs and delivers them with energy, enthusiasm and presence.

This time around, Marlon had some new singles out for consumption and has a new album called The Circle on the way. New songs like "Elevation", "Drain Me", "Imaginary Mary K", "A Single Drop", "Back to the Start" and title track "The Circle" have a great live power and energy with strong, unique yet classic melodies. I can't wait to hear the entire album. Marlon has an amazing way of writing and delivering a strong chorus that I don't think I'd ever get tired of.

Many more people deserve to hear Marlon's music. The power, the energy, the presence and the songs have the potential to go anywhere. Please mark down August 24 on your calendar as the release date for The Circle and August 30 as the date for the release party/show at The Piston in Toronto.

Give Marlon's music a listen and watch out for his next live show:

"Elevation"

"In Stars"

"Drain Me"

"Fossils"

NXNE 2018: The Nursery at Cherry Cola's - Concert Photos

The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Nursery at Cherry Cola's on June 15, 2018 for NXNE 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Based out of Toronto and Buffalo, The Nursery is an alternative, indie, electronic band that played Cherry Cola's on June 15 for NXNE 2018 along with Marlon Chaplin. They've got a great sound with solid, dance-inducing beats, some cool 80s sonic touchpoints, a great raspy scream that punctuates clear vocal lines and some nice guitar hooks and licks. Their latest album is Life After Wartime.

Check them out:

"Everybody's Famous"

"She Speaks the Wave"

"Timeless Eye"

"Digital Ashes"

An Horse at Hard Luck Bar - Concert Photos

An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
An Horse at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I love An Horse. The Australian duo's 2008 album Rearrange Beds is one of my favourite albums, packed with great tunes like "Camp Out", "Postcards", "Company", "Horizons", "Rearrange Beds" and "Little Little Little". Their 2011 follow up Walls was amazing too, with standout tunes like "Dressed Sharply", "Airport Death" and "Leave Me".

And then they were gone.

Fast forward to spring 2018 when I was so happy to see an announcement that An Horse was back and hitting the road with new music. Their new tune "Get Out Somehow" sounded awesome and I knew I wanted to cover their June 10 show at Hard Luck Bar in Toronto with Camp Cope, another Australian band that was embedding itself in my consciousness, complimented by local openers Fxrrvst. Click through to my coverage of those acts.

This was An Horse's first tour in 6 years, the last night of the tour, and their third date with Camp Cope. I loved every second of it. Singer/guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer/vocalist Damon Cox sounded awesome. We got all the great tunes that I'd been longing to hear live for so long, along with strong new tunes like "Get Out Somehow". Can't wait for more music and their next tour stop in Toronto.

Give An Horse some well-deserved time with your ears:

"Get Out Somehow"

"Camp Out"

"Dressed Sharply"

"Postcards"

"Airport Death"


"Little Little Little"

Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar - Concert Photos

Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Camp Cope at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Melbourne, Australia's Camp Cope are a musical revelation. They performed at Toronto's Hard Luck Bar on June 10, sandwiched between the returning An Horse and local openers Fxrrvst.

Camp Cope's music is empowering, engaging, brutally honest, strong and inspiring; trying to make the world a better, kinder, more just place; delivered with a voice of I'm-done-with-the-bullshit confidence, raw emotion and a good dose of humour.

It was so moving to hear the crowd sing along to these empowering songs. I loved every second of the show, their latest album How to Socialise & Make Friends is one of the best of 2018, and I will be waiting excitedly until I get a chance to hear these amazing tunes from the stage again.

Until then, let's listen to some Camp Cope tunes:

"The Opener"

"How to Socialise & Make Friends"

"The Face Of God"

"Done", "Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams", "Keep Growing", "Flesh and Electricity", "Stove Lighter" and "Lost (Season One)"

Fxrrvst at The Hard Luck Bar - Concert Photos

Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Fxrrvst at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Toronto-based Fxrrvst opened things up at Hard Luck Bar on June 10, opening things up for An Horse and Camp Cope. Their name is presumably the latest in the battle between having a unique band name that's simple and easy to remember, while overcoming search engine challenges with common words, like maybe "churches" or "always". They were kind enough to let us know that their name is pronounced "forest".

I enjoyed the band's cool guitar licks and hooks. The band gracefully overcame the lead singer's illness by having their back-up singer step to the front. Overall, it was a fun set.

Check out some Fxrrvst music:

"Tidal Wave"

"Road to Nowhere"