Booze­Hound set to in­vade Ottawa’s rock scene

Seaway News - - ENTERTAINMENT & RESTAURANTS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – All it takes is one per­for­mance to make it big.

Booze­Hound (BH) rocked for that top spot at a com­pe­ti­tion in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

Corn­wall’s groovi­est band com­peted in Ottawa’s Land­mark Show­case Com­pe­ti­tion 2013 fi­nals held at Rit­ual Night Club on Satur­day, Nov. 30.

BH made a favourable im­pres­sion on judges in early Oc­to­ber, dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion’s first round at Mav­er­icks in Ottawa. Stuck in a crumby time spot (7:45 p.m.), with a small crowd and be­ing the only out­side per­form­ers didn’t stop them.

“We just went out and did what we do ev­ery show and leave it all out on the stage. No re­grets,” said Ben Dy­na­mite, Booze­Hound’s lead singer and gui­tarist.

The other mem­bers of the band: Jor­dan ‘ Piz­zle’ Poapst, lead gui­tar, Dan ‘ Danny G’ Gad­bois, on drums ( step­ping in for Matt ‘ An­i­mal’ Howard) and new­comer Jor­dan ‘ YJ - Young Jor­dan’ Allard on bass – share his ded­i­ca­tion to the mu­sic.

But be­sides blend­ing old school and new age gen­res ef­fort­lessly, Dy­na­mite and his band live reg­u­lar lives. Record­ing their first al­bum, Dog Days, re­leased in­de­pen­dently this Septem­ber, meant find­ing ex­tra time to re­hearse, record and rock shows. Mixed and mas­tered at Dy­na­mite’s house, the al­bum fea­tures nine tracks and an in­tro, re­leased on their own la­bel, In­spired Records.

“My iden­tity for the last 15 years has been mu­sic and same for the rest of the guys in this band,” said Dy­na­mite. “It’s not some­thing you can just turn the page on, it’s who we are and some­thing we need to sur­vive.”

To in­crease the off­stage en­ergy dur­ing their per­for­mance, this time they brought a bus.

“The shows are largely based on crowd re­ac­tion,” said Dy­na­mite.

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