Friday, 27 May 2011

What A Night!

Thanks to everyone who out to the Silver Dollar last night for what proved IMHO to be a very good show indeed. Punters trickled in slowly but there was a healthy crowd by the time super fresh trio Prosimii began their most excellent aural assault. I was really impressed and look forward to seeing them again soon, hopefully on a bill with us. The 50 free copies of their EP vanished in no time, and it is now available online here.

Nick Flanagan took the stage next (following perhaps the world's worst introduction, courtesy of moi) and people started heckling -- which is kind of strange since I'd just read a thread last week all about heckling (tons of excellent related video links) -- so I decided to get some fresh air in lieu of letting a growing tsunami of anxiety wash over me.

When I came back in, Pow Wows had started playing what turned out to be a pretty thorough set; I was pleased to hear they can pull their sound off live, and they do the whole three-part harmony thing with aplomb. They told me they haven't been at it very long, but they certainly play like seasoned pros, and I was very wowed indeed.

This time I stuck around for Nick's comedy and enjoyed it as I always do; special thanks to him for coming out and doing the show. I've known Nick a long time now and he's a great guy, a real class act, and of course very funny too. Get his new record "I'm Here All Weak" if you haven't already...

By the time we got on, it was pretty late and most folks had left for whatever came next. The flipside of that is that those remaining were hardcore freaks and drunks. Even though I'm now well into my Fat Elvis period, I was giving it 110%*, and the band played beautifully, and fun was definitely had.

This was an especially special show for No No Zero because it was our first one with the very sweet styles of 'Sweets' Sweetland (now on baritone guitar) in a few years, and our last one with Gideon Steinberg of the spectacular Soupcans. Don't expect to see us out for a bit as we mix our forthcoming record, and hopefully work on some new songs.

Thanks to all the bands, Nick Flanagan, Dan Burke, my wife for working the door, and Ireek Sofakia for uploading some footage from the show!

Bonus: Live video by Ireek of new song "Bite Me"

*even after falling backwards off the stage and onto a riser, as seen halfway though the first video at the top of the post. And yes, I am feeling that today, thanks...

Friday, 13 May 2011

Poster for our next show!

Ryan Halpenny has mad skills, as any long-time blog followers here will know. But with this, the poster for our upcoming extravaganza at the Silver Dollar, he sets new standards for wickedness. I'm blown away and I don't know what else to say.

Hopefully, we'll have a few copies for sale at the show.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Really Big Shew at the Silver Dollar!

I've been trying to hold off actually doing a post on this announcement until I had the Ryan Halpenny poster art for it (which is going to rule), but I just can't wait any longer or I'll burst into tiny excited particles, so...

NO NO ZERO is playing two weeks from now, Thursday, May 26th, at the very fine Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Ave., Toronto) - and with quite a splendido bill lined up for all you wonderful people: three sweet bands and one sour host -- ha ha, no (that's my own sad attempt at comedy). He's a super-sweet guy and super-funny and super-hosty. If you're like me, you know him and you love him. He's the man -- NICK FLANAGAN!!!

As to the bands, things heat up with PROSIMII, who I am really looking forward to. This is Adam from (the always entertaining) LUNCHMEAT's new band and this is their very *first* show; come out to say you saw them back when... Folks attending the show will be getting a free five song EP from them as well (while supplies last - there's only 50). You can't beat that!

POW WOWS are a Toronto rock band with an impressive sound and an impressive record deal (putting out their "Nightmare Soda" LP on Get Hip) to go with it. I am thrilled they're playing with us, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them rip it up live. So don't talk to me while they're on, OK?

NO NO ZERO don't wanna disappoint when we're playing with such amazing company - so we come stacked this night with not one, not two, but *three* guitar playing fools onstage (including the return of Sweets Sweetland, this time playing a beautiful gold baritone guitar) -- pretty sure this is our first three-guitar show since Poster Show IV at the Legion Hall by the lake back in '09.

It's also probably going to be our last show for a bit, while we finish work on our new record, so don't miss it.


Approximate Set Times --
Promisii 10, Pow Wows 10:50, NNZ 11:40


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Penultimate Overdubs!?

Last Sunday, three wise men came by and blessed my baby. They were Jeremy Strachan, Jon Sharron (pictured above), and Michael Keith, and all three contributed wonderful sounds to the forthcoming No No Zero record. I thank them profusely.

Nyles Miszczyk was conducting things for these hopefully penultimate overdubs (just one last thing left, honest) and the maestro also wound up adding some finishing touches himself (to wit, tambourine, maracas, and moog). This lean beast is turning into a gargantuan feast.

And the end is coming up fast.