The band has been making waves in the nation’s capital since forming in 1998 and their latest releases sees them return to their pop-punk and Ramone-style jams. As a born and raised Ottawan, I have had the luxury of seeing and hearing the Riptides for years. It is great to have the first full length Riptides album in nearly a decade as they had focused on releasing a bunch of splits over the past few years with bands such as The Dwarves, The Apers, and The Connections.
The 18-track album only features two songs over 3 minutes in length, as it focuses on quick catchy tracks leaving you wanting more. One of my highlights of the album are the great local references such as “hanging out at Brewer Park” and “going to Barbarellas’s after dark.” I always find it very special when I can connect to the location or a person a band is singing about, especially after years spent signing songs about other towns other than your own. That local touch always strikes a chord is the very best way.
One of the perfect examples that the band hasn’t lost touch with it’s pop-punk roots after all these years are the back-to-back tracks of “Homing Missile” and “Happy Ever After.” The first is full of analogies and about being locked in on love as the title suggests, and the second is all about lost love and how there will be no happy ever after in his life due to breaking up. You can’t get much more pop punk than trying to secure love and being destroyed after losing it. What is great is even after doing it for nearly 20 years, The Riptides do not come off gimmicky or fake, just true veterans of the scene.
My favourite track might have to be “Someone Just Like You” which has almost every element I love to see in a song. It features claps, duet vocals, a relatable story of attraction out at a show, catchy chorus and then on top of that they make a guitar sound like they are joined by some brass on the track. Just love it.
Beer: Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Broadhead Brewing Company
Style: Stout – Other
Pairing: A “Holiday” Playlist
About the Beer: Candy cane lovers rejoice! It might not pair well with a steak but it’s not supposed to. I had it with chocolate and it paired well. They currently have it at the brewery and I suggest you add it to your beer advent calendar.
It is however a challenging beer for the novice. My playlist for MKSC reflects that. You won’t find these songs in your everyday holiday playlist just like you won’t find this beer in your typical beer fridge.
Jim Bryson “Mary New Year’s Eve”
Starting off with this sweet song by #Ottband Jim Bryson. A reflection on how much we consume this time of year.
Tom Waits “Christmas Card to a Hooker in Minneapolis”
I like how his Christmas story is so much different than mine…
Julie Doiron “Heavy Snow”
My formative years were spent in the same region as Julie Doiron in New Brunswick. She knows about heavy snow.
Clarence Carter “Back Door Santa”
Yeah santa, please come through my back door. It’s a lot easier!
James Brown “Hey America”
Hey!!!!!! If you want your dose of James Brown HEYS!, look no further.
Dana Dane “Dana Dane Is Coming to Town”
Hip hop has come a long way since Dada Dane came to town.
De La Soul – “Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa” or The Roots “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa”
Take your pick! Same song, different vibes…
Beck – “Little Drum Machine Boy”
When Beck wrote good songs… Not saying this one is…
Fucked Up “David Christmas”
He’s and angry elf…
El Vez “Feliz Navidad”
Also known as the Mexican Elvis, El Vez performs a spirited version of Feliz Navidad.
Moar Treeverb “PS Xmas Dood”
My Fav on this list… #OttBand
The Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”
How many of us dread the family business of the holidays?
Pointed Sticks “Power Pop Santa”
Power pop kids the same as a hipster?
The Visit “Offering”
I want to leave you with a gift. An “offering” if your will. This #OttBand is one to watch for. The Offering is not like anything I have heard before. Enjoy and happy Holidays!
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It was a night of extreme highs and some really sad lows during the Mother’s Children LP release party at House of Targ Friday night.
Ottawa’s Mother’s Children took to the stage without their normal bass player, Davey Quesnelle, as he had injured himself and doctors would not clear him to play (low). In his place was Josh (Remi Royale). They started to play the “Gang is Back” but Josh was just not cutting it. So they appealed to the crowd for someone with “a funny hat that can play bass and know our songs.” Answering the call was, Seiji, the bass player for Average Times. He killed it and the band played an awesome set full of songs off their new album Lemons(high).
The band even threw in a Ramones cover, which turned out to be quite “serendipitous,” because as they finished the song we all got the news that the last surviving original Ramone, Tommy, had just passed away (low). It was sad to hear the news of Tommy Ramone passing, but there was no better place to be than at a punk show in the town’s leading punk venue. We’ll keep rocking while you start resting Tommy. The new songs are stellar and the band which is half former Sickfits and half former Million Dollar Marxists put on a great show. Davey couldn’t help but sing backup vocals all night and when it came time for the final song, he jumped on stage, took up the bass and played defying doctor’s orders (check out the video above)(high).
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs killing it at House of Targ in Ottawa
Opening for Mother’s Children was one of the best musical discoveries of last year, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs. When they played Ottawa Explosion Weekend last year I was instantly a fan of their sound, look, and attitude. All sporting matching sleeveless jean jackets with their own band patch on the back, the boys from Toronto played an awesome set of their rock n roll. Fresh off the release of their second full-length album, Gates of Hell, they treated fans to new songs and older tunes as well. Some of the highlights were without a doubt the very sing-a-long friendly songs like “Lose that Bitch,” “Hold Me Close” and “All To Myself.” (high)
The fellas clearly enjoyed themselves as they posted this the next day on Facebook “We played House of TARG last night in Ottawa. It is without a doubt the coolest venue we’ve ever played. The service, the environment, the pinball and the PEROGIES! They even had a zine. Wizards of TARG, The Iron Lung army salutes you.” Come back any time boys.
My pal Brett with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies at House of Targ in Ottawa.
Lastly, it is also worth noting that after their set at Bluesfest earlier that day, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies stopped by for some pinball and to check out some local music. He was very laid back, down to earth and super cool with people approaching him to chat and snag a photo. Pretty darn cool. (high)