Get a taste of OXW 2015 with this free compilation

The biggest five days in Ottawa for independent bands with a punk/garage bent is coming up again. Ottawa Explosion Weekend is back and keeps growing (if you don't know what you're missing, check out this KBT post from last year's OXW.)

Here's the tracklist for Volume 1 of the comp. Ottawa Explosion posted it for free download on Mediafire here.

 1 - RED DONS - AUSLANDER
 2 - BLACK TOWER - DEATH MARCH
 3 - FERAL TRASH - NO AVAIL
 4 - TOYS THAT KILL - TIMES WE CAN'T LET GO
 5 - SAILOR JUPITER - JESUS FREAK
 6 - WET BRAIN - SCUM
 7 - CHASTITY BELT - TIME TO GO HOME
 8 - THE YIPS - REPEATER
 9 - SHEER MAG - HARD LOVIN'
10 - BENNY THE JET RODRIGUEZ - ALLEY CAT
11 - BOILERMAN - II
12 - MICK FUTURES - A FEW PIECES
13 - THE CREEPS - EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE
14 - NAP EYES - NO MAN NEEDS TO CARE
15 - VACATION - WHAT I FOUND

OXW 2015 is running June 17 - 21. See the festival lineup here.

STREAM: Boyhood - "amaryllis killis"

Here's "amaryllis killis" by Boyhood, arty pop experimenters who played the Ottawa Explosion showcase at l'Esco during POP Montreal this year. It's off their latest release bits n' bobs, which starts off with what could be categorized as a few "songs" before things get a little more fragmented (not like this record begins all sheen pop or anything).

They make abstract lo-fi tunes, synthier than their fellow Bruised Tongue tape aficionados Roberta Bondar (read an interview with them here), grooving along to a drum machine for a bunch of swaying Ottawans and curious Montrealers. The guy rocking the Korg was either completely engrossed in his two-note lines or bored as hell — for the few songs I saw he never looked up to give me an idea.

Though this was the Ottawa Explosion show at POP, Boyhood were only one of two bands from the capital city (along with The Yips), the rest of the lineup being filled out with Nap Eyes and Monomyth from Halifax, Strange Attractor from Sudbury and the violent punk rock of Calgary's Hag Face (read about their show at the Craft Singles showcase here).

Ottawa is exploding (no really)

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Ottawa Explosion Weekend couldn't be contained in the Arts Court, a micro music festival under a tent bordered with stone walls beside the old jailhouse. The festival can't even be contained in one weekend anymore; what was once a couple days at Babylon was this year five days, packed with bands indoors and outdoors, in pop-up shows and venues.

But what OXW can do like nothing else is show how many goddamn bands there are here. Ottawa Explosion has built a meeting post for punk and garage rock in a city known for its canal and its bureaucrats. It shines a light on the scene.

Bands are up front for each others' sets (pretty sure I pulled something in my shoulder saving the guitarist from Sonic Avenue's ass when he was crowdsurfing), Hashed Out saying we're all idiots for seeing them at Dekcuf while Ottawa power pop staple The White Wires play an all-too-rare show. At the Saw tent the packed crowd's singing every word back at them.

When Ottawa's resident shitheads New Swears jump onstage wearing shades and those paper hospital gowns, the crowd loses it. We're crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts, pool noodles and candy everywhere. It doesn't matter that it's barely 5 p.m., the tall cans of Steamwhistle are already piled on the ground. Silly string is hanging from the tent's scaffolding for the rest of the night.

When Metz tears up Ritual (few bands can make a pit that furious happen in Ottawa) Alex Edkins tells his hometown to support the local bands and shop at the local record stores (and to catch Crusades end the night back at Saw), that this festival is only going to get bigger.

It's pretty easy to believe him.

Here's Dead Weights with a track off their new 12" Dead Ends & Closed Doors. They rocked Avant Garde, the soviet-themed bar that's always projecting foreign music videos, with all of us drunkenly singing along, arms around each other. The track is  "Latitude 45,"an ode to friends who have left Ottawa.

OXW Warmup: Steve Adamyk Band - "Careless"

Here's "Careless" another new track from Steve Adamyk Band's new LP Dial Tone out July 1 on Dirtnap Records. Let it be your pre-show kick if you're heading out to another day of Ottawa Explosion Weekend. They're playing outside Club Saw tonight before Crusades and co. tear things up inside. On the free side, T.V. Freaks is playing a gratis show at Vertigo Records with The Abandos starting at 6:00 p.m.

New single "Leeches" from TV Freaks

Get some post-Pouzza party punk in you tomorrow at L'Esco with TVFreaks. They're hitting Montreal before touring through eastern Canada and the U.S. Here's "Leeches," off a 7" they're putting out next month.

Local noise two-piece The Famines are opening the two-band bill, playing their first Montreal show with new drummer Drew Demers.

They'll both be at Ottawa Explosion Weekend, happening June 12 - 15. Find the full lineup in all its garage goodness at ottawaexplosion.com.