For a five-piece rock outfit from Nova Scotia, it would seem like the perfect time to do a mini-tour in a not-so-mini SUV. And so it happened that my dear friends from Yarmouth were in Ontario this weekend to play a few shows.
Rain Over St. Ambrose, recent winners of 'Best New Artist' in The Coast's 'Best Of' poll, played shows in Peterborough and Hamilton (at the Casbah Lounge) on Thursday and Friday, respectively. They also had a gig last night (Saturday, March 24th) at The Underground Garage, as part of a Canadian Music Week showcase.
Happily, I was able to attend both Friday and Saturday night's shows, and I must say that they slayed.
I, on the other hand, did not. You see, I though that I might celebrate this momentous occasion by capturing a few photographs.
A relatively simple proposition, given that I take pictures, no? No.
I would blame the lighting (which was poor-ish) and the beer (which was delish), but the fact-of-the-matter is that I haven't shot a live show in ages, and I have kinda forgotten how to do it. I made many n00b mistakes that resulted in relatively poor shot quality. From focus issues, to bad ISO selection, to forgetting how to bounce a flash; I managed to fuck up just about everything.
That being said, I managed to salvage a few photos, and I learned a pretty valuable lesson: There is no substitute for experience. What little I have is dusty/rusty and needs a good amount of work to re-polish (not that I'm saying I was ever THAT good...).
Other than that, though, this weekend was one for the record books. My wife and I had tons of fun, and I got to see some close friends that I see less than once a year.
So, without further ado, Rain Over St Ambrose (click for larger):
Casbah Lounge, Hamilton Ont. Friday, March 23rd:
The Underground Garage, Toronto Ont. Saturday, March 24th:
And if you are kicking yourself because you live in/around TO and missed the show, never fear. Before they roll out of town, they are playing a !!FREE SHOW!! at Lee's Palace, Tuesday, March 27 at 8:30pm SHARP.
See show deets here!