Ponctuation M at NXNE Bruise Cruise, Toronto ON, June 20
Published Jun 21, 2015M for Montreal's annual NXNE Bruise Cruise has become one of the festival's most popular events and it's easy to see why: you get to leave the city for a few hours of sunshine on Lake Ontario after several nights in dark, dingy clubs and you get hear some great music — they'll even throw in a frozen treat if you're nice. Kicking things off this year was Québec City's Ponctuation, who delivered a blistering set of psychedelic punk stompers played at breakneck speed.
Normally a duo of brothers, the addition of bassist Laurence Gauthier-Brown to Ponctuation's guitar-and-drums lineup turned the group into a formidable power trio, with Alex Beaulieu more than capably filling in for missing drummer Maxime Chiasson with some crisp, heavy beats. Wild-haired frontman Guillaume Chiasson showed off his arsenal of lustful Lux Interior-inspired vocals, Nuggets-worthy riffs and old-school guitar heroics on songs like opener "Poésie automatique" — complete with a guitar solo that recalled prime Amboy Dukes-era Ted Nugent — and the glammy "La réalité me suffit." By the end of Ponctuation's set, even those unfamiliar with the group's addictive garage rock were begging for more — and who could fault them?