Ottawa Explosion has announced its first round of bands for OXW happening on June 12-15 this year. The biggest news was that Spectrasonic and Explosion teamed up to book ex-Ottawa noise-rock, post-punk band METZ. No, METZ doesn’t give a shit about your eardrums, and neither does Explosion. It’s an ear-abusive relationship with this festival and that’s why we love them. Their show at Babylon in April of last year was one of my personal favourites, as each member takes their role to an extreme. Drummer Hayden Menzies attacks his drum set relentlessly throughout the entire set, while vocalist Alex Edkins busts arteries belting out words and Chris Slorach somehow makes noises come out of his bass that could easily get mixed up with a Boeing 747 jet engine. My mom went to Metz, France once. It has no semblance to the band. I will demonstrate this below:
There will also be a DIRTNAP showcase which will feature some of Ottawa’s best, Steve Adamyk Band & Voicemail, as well as Texas’s garage-punk purveyors The Marked Men and Montreal’s Sonic Avenues. Other Ottawa faves include The White Wires, Crusades, Boyhood, The Creeps, Tropical Dripps, and of course – the eternally smashed ex-Fun Boy Club House miscreants – New Swears.
Here’s the full list of announced bands so far: