We we fortunate to have Andrew Depedro come out to The Rainbow Bistro on a chilly March evening when we joined The Dirty Deeds Club, Danny Van Sceney and Restless Soul in support of the Ottawa Humane Society. Here’s Andrew’s review:
Wyntr Live In Ottawa
RE! SPECT! Walkies? Local Rockers Wyntr Bring The Rough And Ruff Housin’ To The Rainbow Bistro Stage For Charity, Ottawa, Canada, March 8, 2019
By Andrew Depedro, Local Correspondent
Blizzard warnings! Beer! Helping abandoned canines!
The weather had pretty much gone to the dogs that night, so it would only make sense that the first official concert that I was finally able to catch by local rockers Wyntr would as well. By this I mean that the band was amongst several other local acts playing a benefit show to raise money for the Ottawa Humane Society for a campaign known as One 4 The Dogs. Pretty much lured to the event on the promise of a free beer or two and because I’d been suffering from cabin fever, this was as good of a reason to catch this show.
Fortunately, nobody screwed the pooch on this performance.
Opening with “Pinkeye” (yes, an actual song title), the quartet comprised of Will Andrade (vocals), Lorne Keefe (drums), Bob Ross (bass) and Ryan Conway (guitar/vocals) brought out an energetic 45 minute performance of their entire catalogue. Wyntr’s music is best described as a thorough mix of rock, hard rock and even hints of alternative rock with some metal thrown into the mix for some decent measure. Frontman Will Andrade has a voice well steeped in standard hard rock such as when he’s taking on loose numbers such as “Backburner” but he can deliver with the grunge metal vocals on powerful bangers such as “Skull Light”, “Hell” and their self-titled namesake. Despite the small turnout in the front row save for myself and one other photographer, Will still manages to whip the rest of the band into a solid frenzy as if they were playing to a crowd of thousands. Guitarist Ryan Conway, bringing with him over a decade and a half’s worth of live playing experience to the band’s sound and attitude, certainly plays in that same manner as he’s effortlessly controlling the groove and the rhythm of his instrument one minute and then crafting and crashing out a neat solo the next. Let’s just say that one doesn’t expect songs titled “Cow”, “Toilet” or “Sandwich” to suddenly boast a solid guitar hook or riff in between their freestyling and fast punk/grunge hybrid but it still works. Finally, the bottom end rhythm talents of Lorne Keefe and Bob Ross shape out the raw primal sound Wyntr have successfully honed and crafted over the past year.
At the end of their performance, Wyntr go above and beyond the call of duty and help to raffle off one of their instruments for One 4 The Dogs and I got to hang out with the band afterwards for the remaining performances of the evening.
To summarize, despite the cold, Wyntr made for the perfect change in the weather that night for anyone looking to drop the leash.