Video­tape spool­ing for­ward


Adam Saika­ley is tak­ing a left turn with Video­tape, the sparse, fuzz-rock trio fea­tur­ing him­self and two other for­mer mem­bers of As the Po­ets Af­firm, Ryan Pat­ter­son and Nathan Gara.

They play their sec­ond show to­mor­row. The Po­ets, a six­piece that mas­tered whooshy in­stru­men­tal largesse within the style of indie rock, broke up last sum­mer af­ter seven years and four al­bums — the last one is still sit­ting on a com­puter wait­ing to be pressed.

Known for their long song ti­tles, even longer songs, and a torchy set that warmed up small stages, the band had great trac­tion with fans and the de­par­ture seemed poorly timed — not that any time was good for its end.

The breakup came just af­ter the band played a huge stage at Ottawa Blues­fest and af­ter ra­dio started to take an in­ter­est. When asked, ev­ery mem­ber floated a ver­sion of “we were bored play­ing the same style of mu­sic.” The an­swer still holds, Saika­ley says, though re­cent ten­sions over the canned fourth album are di­vid­ing the band — lit­er­ally.

The other three mem­bers of As the Po­ets Af­firm have be­gun jam­ming, says gui­tarist Gary Udle, with the in­ten­tion of form­ing a band. “Half the group that is not their thing (Video­tape) would very much like to re­lease an album,” Udle says.

Saika­ley says other mem­bers can’t see spend­ing the money to press an album they won’t be tour­ing and want to give it away on the In­ter­net. It re­mains in dis­pute.

While that sits, Video­tape is spool­ing for­ward, cel­e­brat­ing a dead medium in ev­ery way. The band, rolling in the sonic glory of bands like The Je­sus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valen­tine, recorded an 11-song album called

My Favourite Thing on ana­log tape that they plan to re­lease on vinyl later this year. Saika­ley calls it a re­turn to sim­plic­ity and a chance for him to write lyrics about re­lat­ing af­ter years of hon­ing com­po­si­tions that em­pha­sized struc­ture and space.

In fact, Video­tape is pos­i­tively slum­ming it, com­pared to The Po­ets, us­ing crappy gui­tars, two chords and plenty of dis­tor­tion and de­lay for a real off-therails feel. The trio recorded the album over read­ing week with pro­ducer Dave Draves. To get a con­tin­u­ous fuzz tone, they put a cin­der block on the grand pi­ano pedal and sat a mi­cro­phone over the pi­ano’s strings. In the same room as the amp, the pi­ano would con­sis­tently hum, pick­ing up re­ver­ber­a­tions bounc­ing off the gui­tars. That sound gives the album con­ti­nu­ity

Saika­ley says a small band is ef­fi­cient, with only three heads to con­sult, in­stead of six, and he’s notic­ing an in­cli­na­tion. Video­tape is work­ing on a Mon­treal-Toronto cor­ri­dor tour with two other trios, The Bal­conies and Sis­ter Suvi — off­shoots of the larger bands Jet­planes of Abra­ham and Is­lands.

Video­tape opens for Im­mac­u­late Ma­chine and Lady­hawk to­mor­row at Zaphod Bee­ble­brox, 27 York St., 8 p.m., $12.


The Dou­ble Pumpers play two CD re­lease shows: to­mor­row with Bionic and Mad Parish and Satur­day with C’Mon and Starvin’ Hun­gry.

The DP’s Paul “Yogi” Granger says The Dou­ble Pumpers booked in twice to com­pen­sate for be­ing in a small venue. The metal-rock propul­sion comes alive on the trio’s third disc called Old Gold, which is be­ing re­leased on CD and vinyl. Both shows take place at the Do­min­ion Tav­ern, 33 York St., 9 p.m., $12 each night.

Jeff Mel­eras, singer-song­writer, crim­i­nal lawyer and some­time Jupiter Ray Project jam­mer re­leases his sec­ond album called The Cot­tage Ses­sions this week­end. Mel­eras gath­ered pals from JRP and the Soul­jazz Orches­tra for a few days of bing­ing and writ­ing in Val des Monts in Oc­to­ber 2006, fol­lowed by a few tweaks in Ja­son Jak­nunas’s stu­dio. The open-air vibe is all over this disc that doc­u­ments long days and churned-up mem­o­ries. See Mel­eras with Jack Pel­letier and Shan­non Ross of JRP to­mor­row at Irene’s, 885 Bank St., with Jump Inc. 9 p.m., $8.

One-man rasta-soul-rock band Marc Char­ron plays a home­town tour closer show to- mor­row. The Ottawa song­writer, who is also part of the band Lure, is look­ing for­ward to the post-tour de­com­pres­sion.

“This tour was by far my best jug­gling act,” he says. His car broke down in the mid­dle of the Rock­ies just be­fore a run of seven shows in seven days in five dif­fer­ent towns leav­ing him search­ing for a ride and a good me­chanic. See him at the Live Lounge, 1261⁄

2 York St., to­mor­row. He opens the club’s indie ses­sion with Pat Ro­bitaille and Ac­ro­bat. 9 p.m., $8.

Ninety Pounds of Ugly, the side project of Greg “Lefty McRighty” Har­ris, plays the Elm­dale Tav­ern for a night called “The Me­chan­icsville Hor­ror”— the posters of which are a play on The Ami­tyville Hor­ror book cover (though, tech­ni­cally, the tav­ern is in Hin­ton­burg). Along with gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Har­ris, the band is singer Patsy Clash (Liz Berg­eron), bassist Stand-Up Steve (Steve Donnelly) and gui­tarist Pis­tol Pete Z. Di­mov.

The band plans a sum­mer re­lease for its album, ten­ta­tively ti­tled The Bloody Show. See them Satur­day with Oshawa’s The Sta­bles. 1084 Welling­ton St., 9 p.m., $5.

The Bi­ble All-Stars host an Easter De­bauch-Fest at the Mer­cury Lounge, 56 Byward Mar­ket, Sun­day (9 p.m., $10) with Max Cos­sette of the Sick Sick Sicks. The cow­punk hea­then he­roes are work­ing on a new album, ten­ta­tively ti­tled A Honky Tonk Life.


Mon­treal reared, ’80s-trib­ut­ing rock bot DJ duo Chromeo sails into the Cap­i­tal Mu­sic Hall (128 York St., 9 p.m., $25) with guests Let’s Go to War and DJ Drastik. Due to de­mand — tick­ets sold out a month in ad­vance — the show has been moved from its orig­i­nal venue, Baby­lon.

Hotly hyped Toronto R&B gal Zaki Ibrahim — who’s been called an “ur­ban Feist” plays Zaphod Bee­ble­brox with The Key Com­po­nents tonight, 9 p.m., $12.

Party at the Na­tional Gallery tonight: Arts­parks is a night of mu­sic and art. Tour the Joe Fa­fard ex­hibit, dance to the Hilotrons and DJ Te­kno­brat and cre­ate a sculp­ture in clay or metal. 380 Sus­sex Dr. All ages, 7-11 p.m., $10.

The Flaps and The Em­pir­i­cals pile on the stage of The Elm­dale Tav­ern at the same time for a kick­ing, in­stru­men­tal band duel to­mor­row, 10 p.m., $10 .

Team Canada, the Mon­treal DJ duo, has a sub-crew called The Eh! Team which fea­tures Ottawa DJ Illo (Ian Lloyd). Team Canada plays a re-sched­uled date here this week­end. They were due here in Fe­bru­ary un­til Paris Hil­ton per­son­ally re­quested them to play her birth­day party in Ve­gas and we got shafted for the heiress.

The mu­sic mash­ers call their tunes a “fu­sion of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary ed­its to cre­ate a ma­jor re­ac­tion.” Track names are drawn from orig­i­nal song ti­tles. Get down to Dancin’ Black Dog or Knife to the Izzo. The Team Canada DJs play Helsinki, 15 Ge­orge St., Satur­day, 10 p.m., $7 be­fore mid­night. Tonight:

The Habit plays Café Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St., up­stairs with Glenn Nuo­tio, 9:30 p.m., $7. Mari­posa, The Postage Stamps, The Weather Sta­tion Band and Spy­girl play the Black Sheep Inn, 753 River­side Dr., Wake­field, 8:30 p.m., $10. To­mor­row: Wil plays the Black Sheep Inn, Dis­tant So­ci­ety and Ben­e­fit of a Doubt play Mav­er­ick’s, 221 Rideau St., 9 p.m., $10. Andy Maize and Josh Fin­layson of The Skydig­gers play the Black Sheep Inn with Claire Jenk­ins, 8:30 p.m., $14. Satur­day:

Cari­bou, a.k.a. Dan Snaith, plays Baby­lon with a full band, 9 p.m., $18. Brock Ze­man hosts a birth­day bash at the Black Sheep Inn with Bren­dan Flynn & the Ter­ri­ble Liars and The Brothers Chaf­fey, 9 p.m., $10. Grimskunk, Drill­point and Uni­ver­sal Habit play Bar­ry­more’s, 323 Bank St., 9 p.m., $12. Cap­tain Foxy and Hol­lowtip Hearts play Irene’s, 9 p.m., $6. Owen, Casey Baker & The Buf­falo Sin­ners and Pa­per Ri­val play Zaphod Bee­ble­brox, 8 p.m., $12. Sun­day:

The Lucky Songs singer’s cir­cle takes place at the Black Sheep Inn (4 p.m., all ages, $10) with An­drea Simm­sKarp, Kaya Fraser, Jamie An­der­son, Sharon Cardiff and oth­ers. Mon­day:

The Black Ha­los host Easter Mon­day May­hem at Zaphod Bee­ble­brox with The Mighty Ea­gle Band, 9 p.m., $12. To­day is the Day, Psy­o­pus, Fuck the Facts and Com­plete Fail­ure play the Rain­bow Bistro, 76 Murray St., all ages, 7 p.m., $14.


The mem­bers of Video­tape — Adam Saika­ley, Nathan Gara and Ryan Pat­ter­son — bring their sparse fuzz rock to Zaphod Bee­ble­brox to­mor­row night.

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