I got a chance to shoot Brazilian band Sepultura, when they brought their unique flavour of thrash/alternative metal to Vancouver on Wednesday, sharing the stage with Prong and Testament at the Commodore Ballroom.

Formed in 1984, the current line up consists of vocalist Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Jr. and drummer Eloy Casagrande. Paulo Jr. has appeared on all fourteen albums form the band since joining in 1985, and Kisser has appears on all but one.

The band is touring in support of their latest album Machine Messiah (also an awesome song from prog rock giants Yes).   The band is sure to add to the 20 million units of their previous albums that they shipped over the years.

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The Wild Romantics were back in town on Friday night supporting Martin Harley on the first leg of his short Western Canada tour. The band, which according to their website “emanate a 1970’s glamorous bohemia meets whiskey guzzling trailer park sensation that is completely unparalleled” hail from Ladysmith BC and now call Vancouver home. They are fronted by high school friends Evan Miller and Aleisha Kalina.

For tonight’s show Aleisha and Evan left the band at home and performed as a duet, and even without the backup their combination of folk, country and rock n roll was a delight,

The couple have a great dynamic on stage, joking, flirting, and displaying a great chemistry which adds to the intimacy of their performance.

Their voices, and vocal harmonies were ideal for the small venue and their interaction with audience was easy, making the show feel like a good group of friends just hanging out.

We were treated to a couple of tracks that had not been played live before – San Francisco, and their new single Fell the Lightening.  Also the energetic Burn ‘Em Down, and the phenomenal ballad Every Single Summer.

If you get the chance to check them out jump at it. The band next show is scheduled to be in Port Renfrew in June, at the Tall Tree Music Festival,

 

Gallery of my favourites below:

Martin Harley was in town on Friday at the start of a short tour, which will see him sprinting backwards and forwards across BC of the next week or so.  He is set to play seven gig during his stay.  This traverse through the southern half of the province will not be much a challenge.  In the past Martin, has taken part in what was the Highest Gig in the World at the time, travelled through Western Africa and did a concert tour of northern on England on a bicycle in the Blues Gone Green Tour – 27 gigs in a month, covering 1,200 miles.

Martin has just released his latest album “Static in the Wires”, Martin’s seventh album, and the second with bassist Daniel Kimbro.

The celebrated guitarist kicked of this trip at The Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, supported by the Wild Romantics.

Despite battling a sore throat which he fought off with a combination of whiskey, water, and “Canadian convenience store honey”, Martin put on a great show. This was Martins second visit to Vancouver, after performing at last year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and it appeared that much of the audience had returned after seeing him after his first visit.

Between songs Martin was funny, and displayed a self-deprecating humour that went down well with the crowd.  His banter often revolving around the depressing content of his lyrics of his songs, and hoping people had not come out to be cheered up.

Through the set martin switched between playing a traditional guitar and his more distinctive hollow necked Weissenborn guitar.  Martin does excel on the Weissenborn, and can create an enormous wall of sound from it, as was demonstrated on the wonderful Blues at My Window.  This track incidentally was preluded by a story of his aborted trip through Australia and a giant Holden.  The trip, curtailed by speeding fines resulted in Martin taking a job making pancakes at a nunnery…

Martin ran through several tracks from the new album including One Horse Town, Dancing on Rocks, and Feet Don’t Fail Me. A notable preamble to Postcard From Hamburg, was his comparison of the famous red light district in that city and the fact that tonight’s gig was in a converted porn theatre.  In addition to the new tracks he also played crowd favourites, including a waltzy Goodnight Irene, a cover of Vincent Black Lightning.

A thoroughly entertaining show from a very talented musician.

Mother Mother made a triumphant return to their west coast roots for the first of five sold out shows at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night, marking the end of the Canadian leg of the No Culture Tour.  The five piece are riding high on the success of their latest album, and the enthusiasm the audience showed for the set clearly demonstrates that the band knows how to please.

Opening act, K Flay provided support for Mother Mother, as she has for much of the tour.  The Illinois native treated the audience to a high tempo performance, with her own unique blend of indie hip-hop. Despite suffering a little vocally, having given her all on the tour, she was very well received by the Vancouver crowd. Flay will be taking a week off before getting back on the road, with a trip around Australia based around the Groovin the Moo festival.

Mother Mother took to the stage just before 10pm, opening with Free, the lead track from their latest album, No Culture.  It was the perfect track to showcase the lyrical harmonies of Lead Guitarist and singer Ryan Guldemond, and keyboardists Molly Guldemond, Ryan’s sister, and Jasmin Parkin. This unique trio of voices is one of the things that sets Mother Mother apart from other acts, and is always a pleasure to hear.

The band proceeded to take a tour through their back catalog starting with Body of Years from the 2008 offering O My Heart which was combined with a melodic version of the Motorhead classic, Ace of Spades, followed by the quirky hit The Stand, and the darker, Reaper Man.

With the audience well and truly pumped up, we were brought right back up to date with the poppy Love Stuck.  There is something impossibly addictive about this song, along with many others written by the band.  If there is one thing Mother Mother excels at, it is tightly produced songs with catchy hooks. They also know how to seamlessly blend one song into another.  Let’s Fall in Love followed O My Heart, with the opening chords almost sounding like a refrain, both songs were played faster and heavier than their studio versions, which clearly was a crowd pleaser.

Ryan took the opportunity to thank the audience for their support before launching into The Letter, which was perhaps the slowest song on the night.  Following the song he again engaged with the audience reminding them to appreciate the good times, but acknowledge the pain as that what helps us appreciate the good. This proved to be an apt prelude to the song Baby Boy, an ode to life’s missteps and adventures.  The song gave Jasmin Parkin the first of a couple of opportunities on the night to really let loose with her soaring vocals.

Monkey Tree saw the audience jumping around, causing the venue floor itself to bounce for not the first time of the evening, a great feature of this classic and well loved Vancouver venue.

Wrecking Ball saw a solo from Ryan, a mandolin solo from bassist Mike Young, and a solo from drummer Ali Siadat after which the band then ripped it up with the country-vibed fan favourite, Hayloft.  This morphed into a stunning rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused, with Parkin again showing her vocal prowess.

Following the hit Get Out the Way the band returned to the stage for an encore with Ghosting and Simply Simple rounding out the evening.

Overall, a fantastic, dynamic performance by one of the most underrated bands currently touring.  By the time they have closed out their fifth show at the Commodore at the end of the week they will have earned a few days off before going on to conquer the US on the next leg of the tour.

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All Photography is taken at the Commodore Ballroom