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ULTRATHIN s/t LP out now!

Montreal’s Ultrathin have been hammering out their distinct take on psychedelic punk for more than a few years now. A single, three tapes, a series of killer shows with bands like Red Mass, Soupcans and Tyvek; Ultrathin hasn’t been idle. But now, with their debut LP courtesy of Bruised Tongue, the ‘thin have finally broken the surface. Ultrathin is stepping towards the light, so to speak, and have dropped one of the year’s finest displays of frustrated punk and bad-acid psych.

Opener “White Walls” establishes the Ultrathin template – head-down rhythmic drive led by drummer Matthew Wilson as bassist Mark Fragua’s desperate vocals fight to be heard above Shaun Anderson’s corrosive guitar mangling. “Got A Feeling” focuses these elements into a blistering punk attack. “I Wanna Know” transitions effortlessly from mid-tempo burn to a ride off into the sunset, sparks trailing everywhere. I’m sure you can figure out what “Scum With A Badge” is about; ditto for “Sick of Living” which finds an echo on a savage cover of the Pagans’ “Real World.” “Whac-A-Mole” shows off Ultrathin’s snotty garage roots, which feels almost pleasant after the annihilating meltdown of “Out From the Cold.” In case you still had any doubts, “In My Mind” will erase them, closing out the album with a Spacemen 3-like intensity.

There are only 238 copies of this excellent LP out there, so don’t sleep on what is surely to be a hidden gem of this year of our Lord, 2014. – Erick Bradshaw


Ottawa Implosion Weekend!

Bruised Tongue, Ottawa Explosion, & CHUO 89.1fm in Present… THE OTTAWA IMPLOSION WEEKEND
$25 weekend passes will be available at on sale below, and in store following the full lineup announcement. Only 100 passes will be made available to the public so act fast.

3 days of the best contemporary underground post-punk, psych, and dark disco from North America and Europe, October 16-17-18 2014, here in the Nation’s Capital. 

THURSDAY October 16th-
MERCHANDISE (Tampa, FL post-punk heroes’ first time in Ottawa in support of their upcoming LP on 4AD!)

LOWER (Copenhagen, Denmark doomy post-punks return. New LP on Matador Records!)

BOYHOOD (Ottawa, ON. DIY minimal-psych. Bruised Tongue Records)

at THE HOUSE OF TARG (1077 Bank St.)
FREE with pass or $12 at the door. Doors at 9PM.


FRIDAY October 17th-

FEMMINIELLI (Montreal/Berlin dark disco. Desire/Night People Records)

FIRE COAST ACID CLUB (Ottawa, ON. Live analog Acid House Party all night long. Adam Saikaley/Patric Egan collab)

at GABBA HEY! (250 City Centre Ave.- Unit 202)
FREE with pass or $5 at the door. Doors at 10PM.


SATURDAY October 18th-

ICEAGE (Copenhagen, Denmark post-punk. Matador Records)

FATHER MURPHY (Venice, Italy occult no-wave psychedlia. Aagoo Records)

ROBERTA BONDAR (Ottawa, ON spacerock. Bruised Tongue Records)

+1 TBA

at GABBA HEY! (250 City Centre Ave.- Unit 202)
FREE with pass or $12 at the door. Doors at 9PM.


poster by Ross Proulx



Bruised Tongue turns 5 this weekend, and we want to celebrate with you. 3 days of bands, DJs, and positive vibes.


CHUO & Cafe Alt present… /8PM/$5/19+:
*part of the Café Alt concert series. don’t miss the afterparty!

FUNHOUSE punk DJ night at Mugshots/11PM/NO COVER:
Bruised Tongue/Small Talk Stinks DJ’s w/ DJ Skid Vicious (Ottawa Explosion)
+ special guests



Gabba Hey!/9PM $6:
ROBERTA BONDAR (Ottawa/BT/1st show in forever!)

COUSINS OF REGGAE (Ottawa/T.O./Fluorescent Friends)
PARADISE (Montreal/new mutant minimal synth)



Gabba Hey!/4PM $6:
CROSSS (T.O./Halifax. BT/Telephone Explosion)
BLUE ANGEL (Ottawa/BT all-stars)


poster by DEATH/TRAITORS coming soon

Heavy Chains S/T 7″


Those keeping track of the Vancouver underground over the past few years are no strangers to Heavy Chains.  2/3s of Nü Sensae & 1/4 of White Lung have come together to drag you through a Burning Hell of cough syrup sludge, brown notes, and feedback screams. An unofficial first-ever vinyl release from Bruised Tongue, and the first recorded output from Heavy Chains in nearly three years sees the band taking a much more aggro approach than we’re used to, heavily channeling the best of Japanese hardcore psychadelia on the A-side (including a GISM cover that seriously rivals the original) and digging even deeper, darker, and doomier on the flip.

Ottawans can pick up a copy from us personally this Friday. Available to the rest of the world after the weekend.

Limited to a one-time edition of 300 in risograph’d sleeves.


This Friday at Mughshots! Pierre and Craig will be on the decks and hocking our wares in the prison. Soupcans, Ultrathin, and The Yips play after midnight. There will be tape deals (5-4-15) . Soupcans will have their new 7″. We will have brand new (hopefully) tie-dyed BT logo shirts. This will also be your first chance to pick up the first official Bruised Tongue vinyl release, Heavy Chains’ S/T 7″.

Thanks to Kichesippi and Support Local Month for hooking this up.


Weird Canada gives Bruised Tongue some love!

From the eyedropper blues of Adam Bradley:

Straight-sampled Moondog opens the Hiss EP with a humble jangle of bells and found train-whistle sound before the calm is cracked sidelong by a sledge of garagey ’tude. An eyedropper’s worth of blues is swallowed up in a vat of steaming punk-rock pitch. Denim-shredding tones, dented rhythms and proto-Karen O vocals slap you square in the gob. Roberta Bondar are yet another jewel in the crown of Ottawa’s Bruised Tongue.

From the mashed bangers of V. Rachel Weldon:

 This prolific Ottawa songwriting duo have put out three full-length releases this year alone, with no signs of slowing down.Marine Tantrum’s title does well to reflect its fine balance of bangers and mash, but gets the chronology backwards. Out of the gate, “British Grafitti”, “Teenage Kingdomdom” and “Jesus Fish” throw fits like angry mall punx, before mellowing out later tracks like “Needle Beach” and “Tumble Dry” with submerged distortion, wavy falsetto and effortless indifference. Closer “Zola Saw”, which most closely resembles Multibody’s teen-dreamy vibration, is spacious and drawn-out, playing with pseudo-naïveté. Knowing and not knowing, it negotiates between youth and maturity, light and heavy, resolving nothing.

From the downward spiral of Joni Sadler:

 Montreal trio Ultrathin delve into otherworldly territory with this deeply psychedelic blast of fuzz-punk. Whether you prefer your jams fast and nihilistic or drawn out and spacey, these dudes have you covered. When they beckon you to “walk into the void,” it’s tough to ignore the call. Welcome to the next dimension.



MARSHSTEPPER + BLUE ANGEL at 614 Gladstone- July 24th


MARSHSTEPPER (Tempe, AZ. Ascetic House. mem. of Destuction Unit)

“Marshstepper is more than a just band, they are a perfect extension of the Ascetic House collective that the members have built. In Marshstepper’s case, the band has pushed beyond simply playing music and create an eerie aura at live shows that includes performance, costume and a whole lot of fog.”



1st show ever! Mysterious all-female lineup of BT allstars.




Wednesday, July 24th

614 Gladstone

Doors 8PM/show done by 11



be cool. respect the house.





Ottawa Explosion & Kichesippi Beer presents…

Friday July 12th will be the night for the third edition of FUNHOUSE!

This month CRAIG PERU (Small Talk Stinks/Bruised Tongue) & Skid Vicious (Rock & Roll Pizza Party/Ottawa Explosion) will be spinning choice punk platters and new wave nightmares in the prison yard all night long! Get ready to dance!

We’ve also got special musical guests MONOMYTH coming from Halifax, NS!! You may have caught them last year at OXW or on the last two Afterburners compilations.

$4 bottles of Kichesippi all night & $4 dark and stormy’s made with Harvey & Vern’s Old Fashioned Soda! What a steal!

Mugshots Jail Bar
75 Nicholas St.

10 pm. $5.

A real cool time.