“Loud, quiet, loud” was what the flyer said for the show on Thursday evening, and that’s exactly what it was at Turbo Haus. It was an intimate show, which actually means it was bands playing for other bands and the few fans that made it out. This, of course, does not represent the quality of the performances, just that when it comes to weekday shows, they can’t all be zingers.
Coming out first, and very loud, was the dynamic duo, Da Beumb Project. Patrick Meimari and Ludovic Boyadjian have been playing together since 2011 and their range from stoner-rock to grunge to punk features both musicians performing vocals on their tracks. 2019 saw the release of their fourth full-length album, armwell to farms, which they played a number of tracks from including “Past Lives,” “Social Suicide,” and “Good Luck Chuck” which has a fun video to go with it. Seriously, it’s only 59 seconds long so, go check it out. Most of their set was original material, but they did end with two covers, Nirvana’s “Tourette’s” and Mclusky’s, “To Hell with Good Intentions.” And, according to Meimari, they did so: “To win back the haters.”
The middle act was much more on the rock side of things. Sunday At The Ward is a three-piece band with Frank on acoustic guitar, Scott on acoustic guitar and keyboards, and Matt on the drums. Being formed in 2017, this band is fairly young compared to most, but have a sound that actually reminds me of maritime folk and is self-described as “catchy songs about depressing stuff.” This theme is also present in their merch which features lobotomy tools and images of the Allan Memorial Institute where horrific experiments were conducted on unsuspecting patients. Don’t worry though, their set was not torturous. On the contrary, it was an easy flowing performance and very pleasant. I’m not sure if it was all original material but a couple of track names I caught were “One Horse Town” and “To all my friends.” They have three EPs available and if you’re into their kinda sound, then I suggest following them as a full-length album is inevitable.
The last band, and going back to loud, was by The Whiskey Chase. They are a four-piece with Johnny on guitar and vocals, Nico on drums, Charlie on guitar, and Conor on bass and vocals. They have been around since about 2013 when their first EP Songs We Wrote in the Basement came out. Their set got off to a rocky start as one of the guitars had two strings break but no one panicked, just jokes about how it’s punk so they don’t need that many strings anyways. Along with their original material, they played two covers, Blur’s “Song 2” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” I found their classic punk sound was present through the performance in terms of instrumentation and vocals. Check out them out to see what I mean.
Written by Joey Beaudin
Photography by Marc-Antoine Morin
*edited by Danielle Kenedy