What do you do on a mild winter Wednesday in February? Go to a rager of a house show with Pregnancy Scares, Roomrunner and Multicult, that’s what!
Pregnancy Scares was pure madness as always. The basement was stuffed to the brim and there was a never-slowing moshpit, people throwing couch pillows and crowdsurfing galore. Through this, Craig fought his way in, out and through the crowd to sing with his trademark demonic look on his face. These local boys just blast through powerful sets full of fast-paced heavy sludge explosion. To truly understand this, you must go see Pregnancy Scares live. Even if somehow you don’t like their music, these guys are still a must see act in Ottawa. Get some earplugs, an open mind, and come experience the insanity! I have had visions of their performance of “Facelift,” in my mind non-stop since last night.
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Baltimore’s Roomrunner made their Ottawa debut in the basement on Gladstone. These guys certainly made a lot of new fans with their performance, and I am certainly one of them! To me they are the result of grunge having a child in the nineties and evolving its sound into the 2000’s while staying true to its roots. I was hooked throughout the entire set, and there was a pretty solid mosh pit going on where the couch pillow made its first appearance. The lead singer was really feeling the crowd’s energy – “You guys are wild and that’s cool,” he said with a big grin. He later offered to trade a record for nacho cheese size 11 shoes or boots, the Tom Green score board outside, or any Tom Green memorabilia. I love their tune “Vaporize,” it’s so good!
Kicking off the night was another Baltimore band, Multicult. The America trio were making their Canadian debut, and they picked the right place and night for it. They play some sweet heavy noise rock with absolutely amazing sounding bass lines. Bassist Rebecca Burchette feeds her bass through a rat pedal and gets this wicked crust sound at times that just takes their songs to the next level. Check out their track “Very Large Waveform,” for a good feel of that cool bass sound.
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