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"