The second edition of the Pouzza Pelouzza took place last week end in Lavaltrie, a small town about half an hour outside of Montreal, and what a great day of Punk music it was!
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Incredibly, we dodged a 90% rain and thunderstorm forecast and got served beautiful, hot and humid late summer weather instead. The forecast was so grim there was talk of cancelling the whole thing, festival organizer Hugo Mudie from L’écurie told me with a sigh of relief, as the sun was peeking through the clouds and we were enjoying one of the local bands playing in the early afternoon.
The first half of the day was pretty mellow, with a good selection of local punk bands playing their hearts out to a thin but joyful crowd taking it in for some in front of the stage, for some under the shade of nearby trees, while others were listening from afar, relaxing by the waterfront. Completing this idyllic setting was an inflatable toy boat for which the children were visibly grateful. It was punk rock fun for the whole family!
By the time The Flatliners were up, around dusk, the crowd had considerably thickened and the Ontarians were in stellar shape, delivering a powerful mix of their classic songs (crazy how quickly Calvacade achieved classic status right?) as well as a couple from their upcoming album. After them, Rollerstarter and Grim Skunk were up, both local acts that required no introduction and were highly appreciated. Then it was Strung Out’s turn headlining, and the old California punks did not disappoint. Their set had all the force and emotional rawness I remembered they’d had last time I’d seen them, maybe ten years ago.
After Strung Out said their goodbyes, those of us who hadn’t had enough headed to a local pub for a late night acoustic gig with Miracles (Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques of Sainte Catherines fame), and The Flatliners frontman Chris Cresswell, who played a few of his own unplugged tunes, an acoustic rendition of a D4 song and, of course, one of Tony Sly.
I got home late, tired, and happy.
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