Girlschool & Guests – Live at Mavericks – June 11th, 2015 – Ottawa, ON

Girlschool & Guests - June 11th, 2015 - Montreal, QC
Old James

Maverick’s isn’t the most glamorous bar; the bathrooms are some kind of foul, and the bar’s selection is pretty nil, but luckily I will drink just about any kind of beer (which is all I need for a show). I arrived at this gem of a place while Old James was about halfway through their set, getting the crowd amped up. Their sound is something straight out of the 80s filled with some pretty tasty riffs and powerful lyrics that lay right into you. Vocalist Brian Stephenson has phenomenal stage presence with a voice comparable to Miljenko Matijevic of Steelheart, hitting notes that could shatter glass. If you’re interested, the band’s latest self-titled EP was released in June of 2014 and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Crucified Barbara

Up next was Crucified Barbara, who was not on my radar at all- in fact, I’ve never even heard of them OR the headliners of this show, mostly because I’m not a huge fan of chick bands. The all-female hard rock/metal band comes all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, and has toured with bands such as Motörhead, In Flames, and Backyard Babies. From past experiences, I have often found that female rock bands tend to be strained by their instruments, and as a result they just end up being motionless on stage, which makes it hard for me to get into. Crucified Barbara surpassed my expectations by being the complete opposite and rocked fucking hard with tons of energy and raw emotion.


Headlining the show is a band called Girlschool, a heavy metal group from London, England. The band has been around since 1978 and have toured with some pretty big names like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, and Rush, just to name a few; the list is endless. When they made their way on stage, I watched bassist Enid Williams fling the strap over herself and actually knock off the wireless transmitter from her guitar in the process. Whoops! It went without notice until she went to strum and I could see the panic on her face while she frantically looked around for the device, so being the good samaritan that I am, I walked up to the stage and handed it to her, saving the show. Hah ok that’s a little over dramatic, but she thanked me and the show commenced without any more delay. Although these gals are old enough to use a senior discount in some places, they’re young at heart and still rip it on stage and make it their own.

Despite my lack of interest when it comes to chick bands, both bands won me over as soon as they came out. It’s actually pretty inspiring to see such badass and powerful women dominate on stage. Rock the fuck on ladies!

Written by Jamie Markell
Photography by Isa Hoyos   
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About Jamie Markell 10 Articles
Jamie resides in Ingleside, a small town in eastern Ontario working as a Lab Tech Monday to Friday. On weekends you're likely to find her in Hamilton with her other half or checking out the music scene in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto - wherever it takes her. While she will listen to just about anything, her favourite bands include Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Alexisonfire and Monster Truck.

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