No Relaxo, we’ll sleep when we’re dead…
Canadian Music Week 2015: Rancho Relaxo – May 8th

Our next foray into the night was to revisit Rancho Relaxo, a popular haunt in recent times for the DCC crew and one where we spent some considerable time during CMW in 2014. We’d come to cover six bands, but as you’ll see later on, only five are reviewed.

Chico Dusty: The group from Burlington who are Adam Izsak (vox/guitar), Matt Lasswell (guitar vocals), Nick Dion (bass) and Michael Neglia (Drums). Opening with the 50’s feel ‘Shakin’ (video link below), the band were clearly having fun and this continued during the next song ‘Makin’ Love and Taking Drugs’, which was a slower tune, but led straight in from the opener. Another slower tune ‘Wear Me Down’, revealed a change in vocalist, which showed real flexibility and talent in front of a growing and appreciative crowd. ‘Sovereign Man’ was next and opened with a nicely understated strummed intro, which led to more changes in lead vocalist for the complex ‘Back Then’, which had elements Pink Floyd in the guitar work and some tremendous harmony vocals. The next song ‘Stepping Stone’, their first written song was truly awesome, with brilliant lead guitar from start to finish. More blues riffs were evident in ‘Let It Slide’, a slightly slower tune, with some rapid, almost rap vocals in mid song. The set finished with ‘Us Alone’, that built beautifully from mid song and contained some really strong vocals throughout.

Syn Brit Rating: 3/5

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Website:
Chico Dusty
Twitter: @losChicoDusty
You Tube:
Shakin'



#1 Babe: By happy circumstance we’d seen #1 Babe at The Horseshoe Tavern recently and they’d been good enough to warrant another look. Despite only being together since late last year, the fact that all of the band members, who are Casey Lyons (Lead Vox/Guitar), Thor Thunders (Guitar/Vox), Sarah Budden (Bass/Vox) and Adam Boyle (Drums), had previous experience, was clear from the start, which opened with a great punk thrash ’25 At Least’.Following this warm up, a slower delivery of ‘Nervous Are The Teeth’ showed the maturity of the band as the tightness of all players showed through. ‘Die Irrelevant’ upped the pace once more, followed by ‘You Don’t Know How To Lie’, which was another slower jam but which featured some great leads riffs. Once again the pace increased for ‘Trick Pony Run’, before the set closed with ‘In The Backseat’ and Inoculate’. Our overall impression was this is a very fine band, comfortable and confident in each other’s ability, but one capable of having fun onstage at the same time, which takes some doing.

Syn Brit Rating: 4/5

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#1 Babe



This Ship: Arriving all the way from Halifax to play Canadian Music Week, Bethany Fulde (Guitar), Jupiter MVV (Synth/Keytar), Jordan Stephens (Bass) and Shane Martin (Drums), could have been forgiven for delivering a lack lustre set, but instead delivered one full of energy, pace and power from the get go. ‘More Than A Year’ saw a mass, all in, jam mid song, which showed a lot of confidence during the opener. The great sound production continued with a church organ driven ‘In Your Bones’, which was powerful and tight and was followed by ‘To Move On’ that went straight in through some feedback delay. As the set progressed so too did the lead vocal duties and ‘Materials’ saw Bethany take the lead for a longer slower song, but one that contained some hypnotic bass riffs, that kept the audience focused on the stage at all times. Another change in vocals occurred for ‘Witches Is Trouble’, a new song, before a sporadic ‘Shelter’, which somehow managed to stay together for the whole song, a testament to the organised chaos on stage and the artistry demonstrated to do so. They closed with ‘Into The Wild’, bringing an enthralling, experimental, visually dynamic and challenging performance to a close, but one which bodes well for a new band, who are breaking new ground with each gig played.

Syn Brit Rating: 4/5

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Website: This Ship
Twitter: @thisshipband



Bloody Diamonds: OK, confession time, it was the thought of seeing this former Halifax based band, who consist of Sara Elizabeth (Vocals, Keys), Jake Seaward (Guitar), Jordan Quinn (Bass) and Andrew Wiseman (Drums), that brought us to Rancho, that and the fact that they delivered a stonking set at the Bovine this time last year, but as a two piece. Opening with a storming version of their superb latest single ‘Skin and Bones’ (see video link below), they quickly moved onto ‘She Ain’t Pretty’ and then ‘Monsters’, which framed the stunning ethereal and dramatic lead vocals to perfection. Their next number ‘Rose Tattoo’ took no prisoners with an amazing haunting 60’s spy theme guitar riff that really worked. ‘Baby Don’t Be Nice’ could have been taken from the film Cabaret as the dark noir set continued and the organ base for ‘Twisted’ was excellent. There was even time for an encore, ‘Nightmare’ with its slow build into a raging spitting vitriolic conclusion, brilliant, there we said it. Bloody Diamonds spent a lot of time touring last year and it shows, their no holds barred approach to Goth Rock is as complex as their musicianship is excellent. Miss them when they pass through your town at your peril.

SynBrit Rating 4/5


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Website:
Bloody Diamonds
Twitter @bloodydiamonds
You Tube:
Skin and Bones



Go For The Eyes: Based in Calgary, the band of Jeff Turner (Vox/Guitar), Elise Roller (Vox/Keys), Scott Perrin (Bass) and Jacob Pasterfield (Drums) describe their sound as ‘Modern Blues-Rock’, but their sound is clearly more than that. Drawing from their releases ‘Six through Twelve’ and ‘Fifteen through Twenty’ they started with the funk based ‘I’m Alive’ and continued on into the catchy, slow burning, thumping tune that is ‘When the Lights Come On’. The rockier ‘The Birds and The Birds’ followed with a great drum/keys platform, nice harmonies and higher pitched vocals midway through. As the set progressed the vocals, both lead and harmony stayed strong and tuneful and these continued with a superb delivery of ‘Drinking with the Devil’ showing a truly soulful side to the band. To close, the band played ‘Move’, which contained an immense bass riff and some rapid vocals leading to an instrumental at the end. ‘Your First Mistake’ featured another great lead break and an ending that showed the band will have to increase own description of themselves by adding ‘Soul’. When these guys are in town, go and see them, you will not regret it.

SynBrit Rating 4/5

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Website: Go For The Eyes
Twitter: @goforthetweets
You Tube:
Drinking With the Devil




Which brings us to Skeggs, the Australian band we stayed until 1 o’clock to watch. Now we have no problem with bands being drunk or high, but

a. don’t insult your audience and

b. be able to play.

Skeggs do not have a review as they failed both of these tests.  

Until next time......The Moose 

Canadian Music Week 2015 - Chico Dusty

Chico Dusty

Canadian Music Week 2015 - #1 Babe

#1 Babe

Canadian Music Week 2015 - Bloody Diamonds

Bloody Diamonds

Canadian Music Week 2015 - Go For The Eyes

Go For The Eyes


All photos reproduced by kind permission of Back2basicsphotography.com