We played our first Toronto show this past weekend at a venue called Rancho Relaxo. Overall we had a great time and it was a great chance to meet some cool new bands outside of our hometown of Ottawa.
Anyone who’s been in a band before knows that travelling with gear can often prove challenging. Luckily, Keyboardist Scott is somewhat of a guru when it comes to these things (he calls it “tetris”). We were smart this time and took before and after shots so we knew how to put it all back together come 3am load out time.
After packing Owen’s Nissan Versa with gear, we headed out. One of the coolest things to happen on the road was seeing this…
Yes. This is the Bat-mobile. To be precise, the gothic version of the car that was featured in the 1989 Tim Burton BATMAN. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Batman nut, and have been even before that movie. I was like a kid in a candy shop as I drove side by side on the passing lane so the boys could grab a few shots. Also confirmed – Batman is blonde and in his mid-50′s, just so y’know.
We made plenty of stops, including this strange location conveniently placed in the middle of nowhere. Scott ignored the sign. Nature was calling loud and clear. Such a rebel.
We arrived at the venue around 7:45pm, just in time for soundcheck. The sound guy there was named Spock, which was fitting as he was a fairly close match to what the legendary Science Officer would look like as a sound man – albeit longer hair and a taste for sarcasm. He was very easy to work with and did a great job getting the right mix for us.
We hit the stage just after opening band When We Was Young finished. This venue easily had the hottest stage we’ve ever played on. Quite literally a sauna up there…I can only imagine how this venue cooks in the middle of July! Luckily we hydrated most of the day so we were well prepared. No musicians were harmed in the making of our music;)
Crowns for Convoy played a great set after ours, featuring some very cool acoustic looping (a much needed break from our obnoxious set). The highlight for us came when Drugs in Japan hit the stage. These guys just had a massive punk-rock in your face sound that just didn’t give up. The drummer (named Po) was the singer, and man could he belt it out while he quite visually beat his drums to death. They had a bunch of crazy syncopated off-beat tunes. One hell of a band and a great bunch of guys. We hope to do something with them again in the near future (Ottawa show guys??).
It was great to see Owen’s family as well as my brother Trevor and sister-in-law Victoria at the show and catch up. Overall we had a blast playing our first TO show and hope to get back there soon.
- Guitarist Scott