Can you overdose on rock, punk, pinball and perogies? I hope not because I plan on doing it all summer while living at my new favourite venue House of Targ.
With a wall full of pinball and another with old school arcades like Pac-Man, Galaga, NBA jam, Tetris and more, six kinds of perogies, fair beer prices and a stage, you can understand why I love the place. For the curious, the first game I played was the Last Action Hero pinball game…AHHNOLD!
Setting the tone for the night was Steve Adamyk DJing the real way, with wax. He played some great bangers, including “Orgasm Addict” by The Buzzcocks.
Ottawa’s The Creeps played their first show of 2014, and it was excellent. The ghoulish pop punk band played to a pretty packed house. They played some sweet new tracks off what they said will be a new record coming out this year (so exciting!). They also rocked some of my favourites, including “Our Time” and the creepy “All the Way Home.” It was a great set, and an excellent first band to see at House of Targ.
Closing out the night was Sonic Avenues from Montreal. They played great music, which I will get to in a second. But they also did something I loved…they chirped and gave shit to the obnoxious fan who was too drunk and moshing too hard. We all know that guy, there is one at every show. But it is great to see the band put him in his place. It happened when he threw himself towards the band knocking people down, the mic stand and the band’s beer. One guitarist said in a super sarcastic voice: “Sick mosh dude, we are now going to play an old song and maybe the mosh will get sicker and get us new beers.” I loved it! As for their music, Sonic Avenues really kicked it. My favourite track from their set was hands down “Lost and Found,” but I also really liked the very garage feel to their track “Automatic.”
And I will lead you with Sonic Avenues’s words of wisdom, because I could not say it better myself. “Fucking House of Targ, this the best place ever.”