Smokes, 24th Street Wailers play shows this weekend
Gritty violin-rock and raw vintage blues are turning up the heat in Ottawa-Gatineau
Smokes @ Bar Robo on Thursday, 8 p.m., $8
For their album Zone Eater, Montreal band Smokes took to a massive studio space with 30-foot ceilings in order to lay down the drums. The thunderous result set the tone for the rest of the record — a collection of gritty, shout-laden rock songs brightened by howling dashes of violin.
The four-piece's sound is intelligent, hard-hitting, and refreshingly original. Thursday night, they land in Ottawa for a show at Bar Robo alongside Casa Lagarto and Pet & The Defectives.
Forty Seven Teeth @ The Rainbow on Thursday, 9 p.m., $10
Forty Seven Teeth are a punk band in theory — but their emotionally honest, power-chord jams betray their true emo tendencies. The Kingstonians' debut EP is an anthemic singalong and a half, full of satisfyingly chuggy guitar and soaring dual vocals.
The band's first single, "All the Feels," was written about growing up with social constructs around things like gender and sexuality. Its accompanying music video — set in the stereotypical childhood bedrooms of a boy and a girl — turns those constructs upside down with totally poignant charm.
Forty Seven Teeth plays The Rainbow on Thursday alongside powerhouse Halifax band Like a Motorcycle.
The 24th Street Wailers @ The Black Sheep Inn on Friday, 8:30 p.m., $12
Sultry, slow-burning torch songs. Raunchy dance floor rock-outs. The 24th Street Wailers have it all covered.
Like a dive bar in the daytime, the Toronto outfit is shadowy and raw — half old-school rock 'n' roll, half aching blues. Since meeting at music school, the band has spent several years developing a reputation as a fiery live act, powered by the vintage R&B vocals of its anachronistic singer, Lindsay Beaver.
It'll be a party when the Wailers arrive at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday to play songs from their latest album, Where Evil Grows.
Yellow Jacket Avenger @ Kaffe 1870 on Saturday, 9 p.m., $10
For the uninitiated, Yellow Jacket Avenger is the one-man project of Geoffrey Pye, a prolific Montreal-based musician (with Ottawa roots).
Since starting to make music under the Yellow Jacket Avenger name in the early 90s, he's put out more than 20 records — that translates to countless quirky songs that each offer a window into Pye's colourful imagination.
The latest, Put the Sun, is rich with layered acoustic instrumentation and electronic touches, building at points to an all-out ruckus of saxophones, viola, recorder, synth and penny whistle. He'll put on a show well worth your ten bucks.