w/Ampersand, Like A Motorcycle, The Pack A.D.
Saturday, October 20 at Reflections Cabaret,
5184 Sackville Street, 8pm, $20
Saskatoon's Shooting Guns' aim is true: to fill your head with sludgy, unadulterated doom metal riffs, providing a sweet musical high to coast on for awhile, complete with cool-looking pentagrams, psychedelic melodies chugging away and heavy as lead bass thundering along straight to hell.
It's both familiar and challenging, and it was a happy surprise when their Black Sabbath-tinged sound landed them on this year's long list for the Polaris Prize. By now we know that Feist's soft-pop took the $30,000, but I like to think the world would have been a darker, gloomier, all-around more awesome place if Shooting Guns had swept in for the big win, bringing with them a new world order for everyone to grow their hair as long as possible, wake and bake on the reg and wear black hoodies all the time. There's always next year.
Shooting Guns w/Ampersand, Like A Motorcycle, The Pack A.D. Saturday, October 20 at Reflections Cabaret, 5184 Sackville Street, 8pm, $20