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apb, Sink Or Swim, Mr Doubtfire and Ransom Smith at Jim’s Basement April 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Jim’s Basement. I got out at 5 after a reasonable day at work, though I didn’t land the day where I hoped so today will be an extra challenge. I had enough time to hang out and eat some food, then took the long walk down to King st.

I was running a little late and apb was already on stage. It was just him and a fuzzed out overdriven guitar and he sounded great. I only caught a few songs but his questioning of what it must feel like to be middle aged and began to wonder if you are gay and his assertion that everyone should get at least a little bit involved in local politics spoke volumes. I really liked the few songs that I caught. I hope I did not miss much.

 

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apb pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next Sink or Swim hit the stage hard and fast. They have a classic ’70’s punk sound and were tons of fun. With tight melodies and a rocking energy the guitar bass drums trio powered through a great set. The only song title I remember was An Obscene Amount of Debt, but all the songs were brilliant and I enjoyed every moment.

 

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Sink Or Swim pic by Tim Lewis

 

Mr. Doubtfire followed and sounded slick in comparison, but still had tons of furious rock energy. I had just gotten, but had not listened to, their new EP Drive By Fruiting, but I’m sure they played some, if not all of it. Their regular drummer couldn’t make it so Swim’s drummer, Ruston Fettig, sat in and glued the set together. The only song I remember was Blank Daze, which has the line about the marionette, and it was pretty wonderful. The rest of the set was blissfully rocking and I was in a great place.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

The night was capped by guitar, bass drums trio Ransom Smith. I think they said they have another guitar player who was not there that night. They had a low-fi indie punk sound and rocked hard. As they settled into the set they got tighter and tighter and the amazing drummer drove the show over the top. The songs began to have more of an indie feel with some catchy melodies, but always rocked hard. Their set was short and sweet and just great.

After they finished up I hung out a bit in the back yard with James Lockridge and Brian LaClair and several other cool people for a while, then took the chilly walk home. What a great night.

 

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Ransom Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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