Pkew Pkew Pkew and No Fuss @ House of Targ


Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots) and No Fuss rocked House of Targ last Thursday night in Ottawa.

The four-piece from Toronto, Pkew Pkew Pkew play music for people who love drinking beer and hanging out with their friends. So anyone who knows me knows that this music speaks to me very loudly. They are not setting out to change the world or even change your mind, they just want to play punk rock music and have a great time. Their songs are light and super fun, such as “Before We Go Out Drinking,” which is all about making the most of your pre-drinking, love songs to cigarettes, or “Let’s Order a Pizza,” where they sing about the need to eat something to absorb their alcohol intake.

Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots) bringing the party to House of Targ in Ottawa.
Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots) bringing the party to House of Targ in Ottawa. (Photo: Eric Scharf/Ottawa Showbox)

On top of their fun music, they are a blast to watch live. The band is always full of energy and all smiles, especially their bass player Emmet O’Reilly who always looks like he is having a party while on stage. Ironically, his bass dawned a No Fun sticker. They definitely took it to another level when they launched into a cover of The Darkness’ hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” The crowd absolutely loved it and some of us later discussed how impressed we were with the high pitch singing and guitar solos which were both on point. I also loved that earlier in the set they covered one of my all time favourite songs, “True Believers” by the Bouncing Souls. They capped off the night with the great sing along song “Stop Calling Us Chief” which gets me singing at the top of my lungs every time. It’s an anthem and a message that I think everyone should get behind. The next day I certainly felt like I had been shot in the vocal chords – pkew pkew pkew!

No Fuss rocking out at the House of Targ in Ottawa. (Photo: Eric Scharf/Ottawa Showbox)
No Fuss rocking out at the House of Targ in Ottawa.

Opening the night was Ottawa guitar and drum punk duo, No Fuss. This was my first time seeing them and I am always blown away by what some two-pieces can create. Their sound was rich, the rhythm was pretty fast  and both provided vocals throughout the set. Although they’re relatively new, I’m looking forward to seeing this band progress. Hey, here’s an idea. Maybe we can get No Fuss, Big Dick and another rocking two piece for an all punk rock duo night, because why not? Make sure to check out No Fuss’ EP here. I am a big fan of the last track “Holding Out.”