Direct Hit, Stuck in a Hole and Fresh Hell @ Luneta
Direct Hit bringing it at Luneta.
Milwaukee’s awesome Direct Hit rocked Luneta Thursday December 19. The show also marked Ottawa punk rockers Stuck in a Hole’s final performance.
How does one begin a set when visiting Canada? “Grab your Toonies and let’s get Loonie,” said the band. That was not the last of their satire of Canada. After a few songs they simply began apologizing for no reason no stop and then laughing aboot it. Other than that though, the boys from Direct Hit! played an amazing set full of wicked punk rock tunes that had people singing a long the entire time. Some of my favourites from the night were “Snickers Or Reese’s (Pick Up The Pieces)” an older song that wiped the crowd into a riot (very entertaining to watch people mosh when the floor is so wet from winter boots) and “White Robes,” which you can watch live just below.
Stuck in a Hole playign their last show.
As mentioned this was Stuck in a Hole‘s final show. There is something very strange about seeing a band for the first time, when it is the last time. However, they usually go out with a bang, which leads to a very entertaining show. Let me tell you, Stuck in a Hole did not go quietly. The three-piece were all sporting top hats as the set began with “Halifax Tier” and people with sparklers. Throughout the in your face hardcore punk set, there was silly string attacks, confetti being shot in the air and even a pause for a piñata. The band looked like they were having an awesome time, making it feel much more like a celebration than a funeral. A prime example was their coordinated jumping and then can-can dancing where you could not smack the smile off their faces. The boys ended their set with the gruesome song “Knife,” which is about cutting of your own arms. As the song ended, the last words spoken were, “Fuck you we’re stuck in a hole.”
Opening the night was another local act, Fresh Hell. The band played some sweet punk rock with two very raspy singers, something I love. This was also the first time I ever saw Cory Levesque in a band as opposed to a bleeding heart solo acoustic artist. The tunes were great, specifically “Pick Up the Pieces.”
PS: Thanks to Christopher Cook for the videos.
The Centretown Recording Alliance Christmas Compilation
The Centretown Recording Alliance just released its Christmas song challenge compilation. The compilation features great originals and covers that range from very festive to songs that would make Scrooge and the Grinch proud . The only thing that might be better than the songs, are the excellent band names. Some of my favourites are, Misfit Toy Money, Chris Cringle and The Allbrights, The Steve Adequate Band and On Dancer, and the Baby Jesus Family Fun Times Band.
I asked Christopher Cook, member of the Centretown Recording Alliance, how this compilation came to be. “The Christmas compilation is a collection of songs recorded by a rag tag group of friends and friends of friends that we refer to as the Centretown Recording Alliance,” said Cook. “It’s the 7th in a string of recording challenges we’ve done where we record songs based on a theme or challenge. This one was pretty straightforward — a cover or original song about Christmas or the holiday season. The challenge is based mostly on the idea of solo/home recording but everyone approaches it with different levels of technology/experience/collaboration which makes for fun results.”
So who is this Centretown Recording Alliance? Who is this rag tag group of friends and friendly friends’ friends? The Centretown Recording Alliance, is a group of musicians from Centretown Ottawa who take part in regular recording projects as a means of challenging each others’ creativity and encouraging musical growth. The Alliance includes members from many established Ottawa bands. Generally most participants are from the Ottawa area, however there are several participants (satellite members) who’ve either left Ottawa and continue to participate or spend enough time in and around Ottawa that they are given official “Centretown status.” Cook added that, “Generally, we refer to the ‘spirit of Centretown’ so anyone who’s interested in supporting and encouraging creativity and developing the scene is free to participate.”
This is the 7th challenge overall, and the second Christmas one. It all started back in 2010 when a fellow by the name of Matt Wells, who used to be in the Centretown Cripplers with Christopher suggested the idea. “The general motivation being that we had a large group of friends, both people in bands and not, who had a lot of talent and interests outside of the more formal music groups they were involved in. Matt thought we should create something to challenge everyone’s creativity and output,” said Cook. They had 11 submissions in the original challenge and since then have done other album challenges and also single song theme challenges (Christmas, Canada Day, etc).
So take a listen to some fun tunes below and change up the same old mundane sound of Christmas. I also strongly encourage you to check out the rest of the challenges and other cool songs posted The Centretown Recording Alliance here.