If you’ve ever been to Lee’s, you know that the stage is four feet high, which leads to a lot of “up from below” shots from a photographer’s perspective. That said, the venue is a definite upgrade from the Wreckroom, where Weedeater made its last two Toronto appearances. Bigger stage, better sound and a much higher capacity, to boot!
Opening band Fight Amp, a decent sludge/math or math/sludge band–take your pick–weren’t the most photogenic fellows. For one thing, they requested that the lights be turned down low, which ruined any shot at taking decent pictures. I took this one just to prove my point. Fucking stoners…
A good portion of the crowd showed up early, what with Bison B.C. going on second at 9:15 or so. These guys, on the other hand, have never met a camera they didn’t like, and their aggressive stage demeanour–not to mention some killer heavy tunes–has won them a solid following in this city. (The crowd was already a bit thinner after they finished.)
REASONS WHY DIXIE DAVE IS THE MAN: Number 11 – When Bison found a pair of cheap sunglasses on stage, who put them on? Dixie did!
Saviours was the only band on the bill I hadn’t seen before, though I remembered them being more of a traditional metal outfit. As it turns out, they didn’t disappoint with their take on Motorhead meets Diamond Head old-school worship. A couple of their tunes had some solid slow doomy riffs, too. While they still stuck out, it was definitely in a good way. Oh, and kudos to their bassist for rockin’ the vintage McKenzie Brothers t-shirt!
Although they had a lot more stage to work with this time around, WEEDEATER set up their drumkit right up front, as per usual. Since I was so close to the stage, I couldn’t squeeze Keko and Dixie into one shot without zooming out quite a bit, thus there are a couple pictures where the latter’s face is obscured by a cymbal. Man, I must say, though, if there’s anybody who can make red eye look good, it’s Dixie! (Reason Number 12, if you’re keeping track at home…)