Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Full Throttle), A New Local Hard Rock Band, And More Concert Previews!!

As promised, we're touching on Sault Michigan-area weekend concert previews today, but be sure to check out this weekend's Sault Ontario hard rock show previews (including a new confirmation) in the post below this one! There's live metal bands in both the Soo and St. Ignace this weekend, but first, here's some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS tied to a brand new local band with a familiar name!

Remember how Sault Michigan hard rock quartet The Bottom Line have been teasing a breakup in recent weeks due to bassist Jack Slater heading out of town again for college? Well, it's been confirmed, as their Music & Art Dockside Festival set last weekend in Hessel was indeed their last show. That said, remaining members Ryan Kitzmiller, Joe Jenkins, and Will Storey aren't stopping there, as they've formed a new successor band named Full Throttle.....wait a minute, wasn't there already a local band named Full Throttle? Yes, but it's a complicated story. Ryan had originally joined a local hard rock cover band named Full Throttle in late 2012, but early last year, there was a major split in their lineup, with Ryan, guitarist Nathan Switzer, and bassist George Belleau leaving to form the short lived RamWagon, while remaining members Jason Lamoreaux & Mark Gillotte maintained Full Throttle with a new lineup (now including Donny Newell, Steve Pevarnic, and Chris Gurnoe) through last August, when they issued their last public update.

Fast forward to almost a year later, and the remaining local members of The Bottom Line have decided to re-purpose the Full Throttle name for their new band, with Ryan's former bandmate George Belleau replacing Jack on bass, so it seems likely that the old Full Throttle are defunct now, and/or allowed Ryan & George to use the name again. Somewhat confusing timeline, but it will be very interesting to see how the current Full Throttle does in the area! No word on how they sound yet, but you can get your first taste TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, as the new Full Throttle will make their live debuts this weekend at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino! They'll also be playing there next weekend (August 1st & 2nd), and again on September 26th & 27th, and it should be noted that these shows (which Kewadin's entertainment page has yet to confirm) all appear to have previously been London Gentlemen gigs, with next weekend's bookings once belonging to RamWagon earlier this year.

And yes, apologies for the short notice, especially as they were all announced two weeks ago, but they got lost in the shuffle until now. All six shows have 21+ age limits, 19+ age limits, and no announced cover charge, so check the above links and each weekend's Facebook event page (here, here, and here) for more details! The Bottom Line recieved a positive reception from what I remember, and if the new Full Throttle can build on that, they should do just fine in the area! Don't miss them at The Rapids Lounge THIS WEEKEND, so stay tuned for more as we hear it, and best of luck to members of the old Full Throttle in the future!

Also this weekend, Charlevoix classic metal trio Peril will return to The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT for another weekend of hard hitting covers! Last seen in St. Ignace two months ago (though they've played at the Soo Kewadin since), Peril are local favourites from their frequent trips up north, and while Jeff Hudson's other projects have been making inroads to our area lately as well, a good old Peril weekend never hurt anybody, and if you're up for some classic metal action, a trip to St. Ignace would satisfy that nicely! As usual for their Kewadin dates, there's no announced cover charge, you must be 21 to attend, and a 9:00 PM start time each night is likely. For more details, check the above links! If you can't wait until October to take in some U.P. Peril intensity, be at The Northern Pines Lounge this weekend, and for a preview, here are the guys live in Vanderbilt!



Finally for this weekend's known previews, Munising metal quartet Infathom will play a rare solo gig in Sault Michigan THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at The Savoy Bar & Nightclub! Last seen headlining at LemmaFest last month, this show is likely the penultimate in The Savoy's Summerfest outdoor concert series, which has seen bands like Power Slug, No Decision, and Ricochet playing shows outside in the West Portage Avenue bar's parking lot over a 6 week period, with Plastic closing the series next weekend. No word on why Infathom (featuring ex-Half A Man singer Dillion Semasky) aren't playing tomorrow night too, but keep in mind, they are from out of town. It's not often where we see Infathom play in our area without other bands joining them, but their modern metal covers are explosive and skilled, and you can catch them this Saturday at around 10:00 PM! You must be 21 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here they are covering Godsmack in Brimley last fall!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and features this weekend! Thanks everyone!

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Stiffler's Mom) And Sault Ontario Weekend Concert Previews!!

With an surprisingly busy hard rock concert weekend immediately after Rotaryfest, we're breaking up this weekend's previews so each of the Twin Saults are grouped together, so our Yooper readers need not worry, we're touching on shows across the bridge either tonight or tomorrow! As for this post, there's some notable concerts on the Ontario side, with some taking place at venues you may not expect, and remember that the previously announced Beaumont Avenue gigs at The Rednecks Saloon have been cancelled due to The Bear Hunters' show tomorrow, and personal commitments on Saturday. Read on below for what you need to know, starting with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Fresh off of their successful set at Rotaryfest, local hard rock veterans Stiffler's Mom will return to The Rockstar Bar for a solo gig THIS SATURDAY! Apologies for the short notice, the event was only just announced yesterday. This won't be a straight-arrow usual gig for Greg, Mike, and Jon however, as this will be the official after-party for the "Summer Smackdown" roller derby contest in Batchewana between our own Soonami Slammers and Michigan's Kingsford Krush, and for full details on the derby itself, visit this link! After the match wraps up, Stiffler's Mom will rock The Rockstar Bar in their usual energetic party style, so whether you've taken in the bruising roller derby fun, or just want some hard rocking covers, keep this show in mind! For the event, there will be NO COVER CHARGE, though the 10:30 PM start time and 19+ age limit remain similar from past Rockstar Bar gigs. For more details, click here, and a for a preview, here are the guys at the Essar Centre!



Moving to previously announced shows, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison has a big weekend ahead, with three concerts at two venues over the next three nights! First, he'll return to his old stomping grounds at The Road House Bar & Grill on Trunk Road for their monthly customer appreciation night TODAY, in what will be (at least) his third stop there since his regular weekly run at this east end venue wrapped up. There will be free food and such for attendees, and Tym should have a solid night of hard rock covers for patrons, so keep it mind! He'll be on at 5:00 PM, there's no announced cover, and given the timeframe, I doubt this set will be 19+. Get more details at the official Facebook event page! Then TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, Tym's regular weekly run at The Harp Bar & Grill on Pine Street enters it's 34th straight week with solo acoustic shows, with tomorrow's being the hosted jam night, and Saturday's being a usual solo gig as usual, following last week's Friday-only appearance.

Arguably Tym's most successful arrangement with a local venue for regularly scheduled shows since moving back to the Soo, don't sleep on his shows at the former Madison's Pub this weekend, as they've lasted this long for a reason! His talented hard rocking renditions can be seen each night at 10:00 PM, you must be 19 to attend, and there's no announced cover. Click here for more details, and for a preview, here he is at the former Smack Daddy's!



Also this weekend is a rare appearance of a popular band's full lineup, as local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters will reunite with rhythm guitarist Josh Stephney for one night only TOMORROW when they make their first ever appearance at The Rednecks Saloon! Last seen with the guys opening for Bam Margera in December, it's great to see Josh back from Brampton to add the missing guitar back where it belongs, and if you've missed the complete Bear Hunters, you won't want to miss tomorrow's concert, their first local date in any form in 2 months! It will be unique seeing the guys at the former Nicolet Tavern, but lead guitarist Mitch Sirie has a solid relationship with them thanks to both a number of Beaumont Avenue concerts & their Urawk live band karaoke series. For reference sake, local opening bands have been announced over the last few days, one of which being local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades in their first local appearance since their EP release show in May! Fresh off of their Spiderfest set in Meyersburg, it'll be nice to see their hard hitting originals & covers back on stage in their own Rednecks debut, so don't miss their set, and maybe they'll have EP copies in tow?

The other advertised band is local punk trio Redundant in what would be their first set since Medi-Fest in March, but at least one personal Facebook posting implied classic metal quintet Project 421 would be playing instead. If there's any clarification, we'll have it here! Tomorrow's show has NO cover, a 10:30 PM start time, and a 19+ age limit. For more details, including tentative set times, visit the official Facebook event page! I regrettably can't be at this show (I'm working very early mornings this weekend at a garage sale at my grandma's old place), but hopefully everyone knocks it out of the part and gives Josh a nice homecoming! For a preview, here's the complete Bear Hunters live at The Canadian!



Finally for this weekend's known Sault Ontario heavier & punk shows, all-female hard rock quartet The Danger Cats will themselves make their debut at a local venue for shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT, that being The Esquire Club at 103 Second Line West! Never previously well known as a concert venue for hard rock bands (rather, classic rock & country), it will be very interesting to see how the girls do at this popular bar this weekend, and if there's a solid receptive turnout to encourage more shows of the SMS' ilk! Both of this weekend's gigs have 19+ age limits and 9:00 PM start times, but I have no idea on if The Esquire Club has cover charges in general (bring cash just in case.) For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and for a preview, here's one more video of them from Rotaryfest this past Saturday! Uploaded to their YouTube channel on Monday, this is a fan-shot video of the girls covering Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", so how does this video sound?

The audio quality is staticy, and only 42 seconds of this song were captured, but this is a solid harder rocking rendition of this 1980s classic, and it's nice to see a good turnout for their set! Check out their new Rotaryfest video below, and don't miss their Esquire Club shows this weekend!



That's all for now, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan weekend concert previews either tonight or early tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rotaryfest 2014 Video Showcase (Part 2)

Earlier today, we shared the first half of our look at Sault Online correspondent Mike Caruso's videos from this year's Rotaryfest stage at Clergue Park, all as uploaded to his YouTube channel over the last few days, so let's touch on the second half of the videos in this post! You can see videos from the first half of the event (including hard rock covers by KT, Kyle, and The Pocket, Beaumont Avenue, Stiffler's Mom, and Domina) in the post below this one, so give them a look if you want! Focusing on the majority of Saturday's bands today, let's start with the second of two straight all-female bands that day, as hard rock quartet The Danger Cats made their own Rotaryfest debut! Mike filmed them covering The Kinks' "All Day & All Of The Night" (with some gender-related lyric changes), which is a well done rendition, but Kate Kougar's vocals are generally too quiet. Solid performance, so give The Danger Cats' Rotaryfest video a look below, and I think there might be at least one more clip floating around too, so keep an eye out just in case!



Right after them was local classic rock cover quartet Obsession (featuring Domina frontwoman Valerie Powley) as they covered Nazareth's "Turn On Your Reciever", and they did a fine job as usual! The band (who finally have their own Facebook page) have always shown clear skill when doing heavier covers, and having vocals like these never hurts on this quality cover! If you're curious, the guest backing vocalist is Alandra Brooks, who you may recognize from Mike Case's junior rock camp bands. Check out Obsession's Rotaryfest video below!



Mike's four videos following Obsession were of classic rockers Mid Life Crysis covering Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)", Spyder's Web covering the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Who'll Stop The Rain", country quartet Summer Thunder covering Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel", and one-off Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks tribute band Free Falling covering The Travelling Wilburys' "End of the Line", so give each of those songs a look above! The closing bands were both hard rock performers, with the last local band of the 2014 Rotaryfest being Griphook, whose Rotaryfest video might be their first public clip with new singer/guitarist Joel Syrette in place of Jim O'Leary. However, guitarist Brian Oja provides lead vocals on this cover of Bad Company's "Rock Steady", and he handles it very well, hitting the higher chorus notes with ease! Very nice cover with good energy, and is it surprising that Griphook were Saturday's only local band with an all-male lineup? Check out their Bad Company rendition below!



Lastly for Mike's Rotaryfest videos (which are awesomely shot, save for some audio quality jumps at some camera angle switches) is this video of headliners Michael White & The White paying tribute to Led Zeppelin with a rendition of "Black Dog"! The veteran Toronto-based Led Zeppelin tribute sound good here, and while you may notice that Michael's vocals don't sound that much like Robert Plant's original singing on this song, it does bear resemblances with how this song sounded at their "Celebration Day" reunion show from 2007 (click here for proof.) Well done cover that Zeppelin fans should enjoy, so give it a look below!



I hope you guys liked our look at Sault Online's Rotaryfest videos, and as teased above, I believe there's at least one more from The Danger Cats to share in the coming days as well! That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Rotaryfest 2014 Video Showcase (Part 1)

Like in past years, Sault Online (formerly Local2) correspondent Mike Caruso was on hand to film some great quality videos of the bands that played at Clergue Park for Rotaryfest, so we're going to feature the hard rock and metal covers from this year's event in two special posts this week! Luckily, Mike filmed every single advertised band this year, which is a slight change from previous years where one or two wasn't shot (including Fusion in consecutive years, oddly.) We'll focus on videos from this past Friday (and one from Saturday afternoon) today, and cover the remainder of the Saturday videos in the second post, so let's get this rolling! We'll first acknowledge the videos that Mike shot last Thursday, and they include Crossroad covering Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues", The Bob Jenkins Band playing a jazz instrumental (title unannounced, but it reminds me of a Vince Guaraldi composition), The Jaztecs covering "The Girl From Ipanema", and Coverfly covering The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreamin'", so click each link to see those performances!

First for the hard rock videos on Friday is this cover of Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle" by local cover quartet KT, Kyle, and The Pocket, who we only tend to see at Rotaryfest. It turns out that singer KT Antler and bassist Kyle McKey (who've recently lived in Pembroke) and drummer Ed Young (who moved to Prince Edward Island last year) all came home for the event, which is nice to see on all accounts, especially knowing their talents! This cover (also featuring Kyle's Sailor's Tongue bandmate Blake Jackson on guitar) is probably more reminiscent of KT & Kyle's brief run with the original Turner Up than the rest of The Pocket's set, but it's well performed, and KT's got a great voice! I presume this will be the closest we'll get to a Sailor's Tongue set this year too, as that band only has reunited to play the Second Stage in the early 2010s, and we know that didn't return last weekend. Nicely filmed from great angles though, so give KT, Kyle, and The Pocket's Aerosmith cover a look below!



Next up on Friday was local hard rock quartet Beaumont Avenue (formerly The Suicide Kings), and while that obvious difference paired with the lack of a guest bassist were changes from last year, their talents and chemistry remained the same! Mike filmed the guys covering Guns N' Roses' "Mr. Brownstone" at Rotaryfest, which turned out pretty well, though Mike Gaetano's vocals can be an odd tone on the verses on a first listen. Solid as expected, so check out Beaumont Avenue at Rotaryfest below!



Lastly for the hard rock covers filmed on Friday was local hard rock veterans Stiffler's Mom's rendition of Golden Earring's "Radar Love", which also got the job done in their usual fashion, with Mike Davies' guitar standing out, and Greg Simpson's vocals being a great match on this classic hard rock standard! Nice chemistry also, but after how long these guys have played together, that's a given. Check out Stiffler's Mom's Golden Earring cover below!



The other Friday performances shot include classic rockers Mustang Heart covering Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" and country favourites Thin Ice covering Blackberry Smoke's "Like I Am", so check those out via the linked titles! Among the footage Mike shot on Saturday afternoon, he filmed R&B veterans The Reptiles covering Crowbar's "Oh What A Feeling (What A Rush)", as well as a surprise cover of Neil Diamond's "Play Me" by Rotaryfest stage MC (and Q104 DJ) Jeff McNeice in between bands. I didn't know he had that in him, very solid for the genre! The first of five filmed hard rock covers on Saturday was of the new all-female rock band Domina, whose creative description in the Rotaryfest program didn't tell us much on them, so what do we know? Well, their singer is Obsession's Valerie Powley, so they have absolutely nothing to worry about vocally! Their lineup also includes Shirley Kominos (Spyder's Web) & Patricia Palarchio on guitar, Mid Life Crysis' Lori Reinholtz on bass, and Boogie Fever alum Tracey Hilderley on drums, all of which were credited under stage names in the program.

Domina's cover was of The Headpins' "Don't It Make Ya Feel", which is definitely a hard rock song, and with the vocals Valerie is putting out here, how could it not be? There was a girl power theme for sure on Saturday afternoon (we'll cover The Danger Cats in our second Rotaryfest video feature), and Domina have the talent to make some noise if this is more than a one-off gig, though I'm curious to see if they're essentially an all-female Obsession, and if not, how they'll deviate in sound. Check out Domina below!



The rest of Mike Caruso's videos from Rotaryfest will be touched on either tomorrow or on Friday, and we'll feature hard rock covers from the aforementioned Danger Cats & Obsession, plus Griphook and headliners Michael White & The White, and we'll also link you guys to the other four covers that Mike filmed on Saturday. Give everything a look above, and stay tuned for more soon! Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Emergency), The Danger Cats On Shaw TV, And More!!

Keeping the news coming so we can beat the next rainfall, we have an intriguing LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next month for those of you who missed The Second Stage, and some new videos featuring some known female hard rock talent in Sault Ontario, so here's what you need to know, and check out this month's YouTube Channel Profile in the post below this one!

At least three acts that fit the SMS' coverage range will be taking part in LopLops Lounge's new concert festival The Emergency, which will be taking place on Saturday, August 9th both in LopLops and outdoors on Queen Street East! Possibly a successor or replacement for the Rotaryfest Second Stage (which LopLops had co-organized before it's 2014 hiatus), this all ages downtown festival will see bands playing all day at three outdoor locations, along with a stage set up inside LopLops itself. This adds up to four stages in  all, named respectively "The Emergency Stage", "Acute", "Shock", and "Pulse", so click each name for each respective Facebook event page! As it currently stands, the fourth Pulse stage has no announced performers, and the first Emergency stage (which features local bands like Kalle Mattson and out of town headliners like The Treasures) has nothing visibly heavy, but how about the other stages?

On the second "Acute" stage, fans will be able to see Role Models frontman/Inner City Surfers alum Brad "Example" Lacell in a likely acoustic punk solo set, which should be entertaining among the early stages of The Emergency! This stage is solely comprised of solo artists, with Lorrie Bolduc & Mark Kulmala headlining at 2:00 & 1:00 PM respectively, while Greg MacLachlan will open at 11:00 AM. As for the third "Shock" stage, it's essentially a reprise of Lopstock from earlier this month, with alternative hard rockers The Pixo Control and post-punk rockers Gnaeus returning for sets at 2:00 & 12:00 PM respectively, and both should be riding high off of their recent successes! That stage will be headlined by acoustic trio K.I.C.K. at 3:00 PM, with newer band Mashagama returning in the 1:00 PM slot, and remember, this is the only Emergency stage advertised to take place indoors. Along with the musical entertainment, promoters are advertising farmer's markets, artisans, and patios to take in as well for the event, with the Emergency expected to wrap up at 10:00 PM after The Treasures' first stage set.

For more details, visit the above links! The Emergency sounds ambitious on the surface, but with LopLops past relationship with the Second Stage, I'm not worried about how this is ran. Fans of the Second Stage (whether it comes back next year or not) will be right at home with The Emergency, which retains a very similar band lineup with a focus on indie & roots rock, plus select out of town bands, and it's nice to see some of the younger Ears & Eyes-affiliated bands get a showcase too! I'm curious to see how the Pulse stage fills out, and especially, to see if this is a success, so stay tuned for updates as they roll in!

We'll close today with new videos, including a long teased feature on Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie featuring local all-female hard rock quartet The Danger Cats! If you're not a Shaw customer and can't turn your dials to channel 10 for the rolling hourly airing of the piece, then never fear, as the girls posted the video onto their YouTube channel last night, so what should you know? Hosted by veteran local bassist Nathan Bouliane with camera work by Free Beer's Christian Lemay, I believe this is part of the new Boardwalk Sessions series that Nathan's been working on with Shaw TV. The interview features an interview with the band (minus drummer Calico Katie), while bassist Jamie Jaguar doesn't feature in the outdoor performance clips, which are of two acoustic guitar original songs, parts of which are shot in black & white. Oddly, Nathan doesn't feature on camera interviewing the girls, with questions shown in Clerks-esque title cards, but what's in the interview?

The video features Kate Kougar, Paula Panther, and Jamie talking about how they met, the inspiration for the band's name, why Kate wanted to form an all-girl band, their musical backgrounds, their view on the local scene, their upcoming plans for 2014, and where you can find them online. In terms of new items, the band did reveal that they want to have proper songwriting sessions this year towards a CD, which would be cool to see happen! Solid interview, though the girls did seem a bit shy on camera, but Danger Cats fans will definitely enjoy it! Check out the full video below (or hourly this week on channel 10), and stay tuned for more videos from them soon!



Finally, here's two new solo performance video from Shadowthrone guitarist and solo metal singer Sabrina Strange (a.k.a. Isla Encanto), as uploaded to her YouTube channel on Sunday! Both are solo vocal & keyboard covers of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box", with the shorter first take viewable here, and a longer version embedded below. These are just practice renditions and not intended to be refined final copies, but she does take this grunge classic and make it darker and more symphonic, and it's interesting to hear! For reference, some fans may have heard that Shadowthrone will be playing (I think) their first live concert in Garden River next month as part of an AlgomA-hosted event named Das Bunkerfest, alongside Pillory's first set since the winter, and numerous other bands, but that's an invite-only house party, hence why we haven't plugged it on here as a public show. If you've received an invite, keep it in mind, and give Sabrina's newest videos a look above & below!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews soon, along with Rotaryfest videos and more updates! Thanks everyone!

YouTube Channel Profile Series: Rick Styles

On this 22nd of the month, here's our newest YouTube Channel Profile, our last before we formally include channels in our random selection that have a high ratio of local punk videos! This month's selection in our monthly look at YouTube channel(s) with a majorty of SMS-relevant clips takes us to a channel that's been a steady source of metal & punk action since the mid-2000s, and is owned by a very familiar face, so read on below for this month's YouTube Channel Profile!
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Rick Styles (http://www.youtube.com/fitswitch)

Owner: Frightlight guitarist Rick "Styles" White, also known as the drummer for Redundant, T-Rex Manning, and The Thrill Junkies, and for past work with bands like Fitswitch, Caveman Morrison, Browbeat, The Pisstanks, Fist Fighting Stephen Hawking, Chronic Demonic, and The Northern Mudsliders, among others

Channel Timeline: Launched on February 16th, 2006; Videos posted from that day through March 2014

Channel Summary: Originally the official YouTube channel for Rick White's popular mid-2000s punk/metal band Fitswitch, Rick began expanding the channel to include other bands & videos in December 2006, later including an early No Arrow performance and two clips referring to his old band The Pisstanks, though neither features the band playing a song. After his last Fitswitch video from one of their reunion concerts went up in the spring of 2009, later uploads would revolve around Rick's newer bands, focusing on Frightlight & Redundant through 2012, and Fist Fighting Stephen Hawking in early 2014, with his most recent video being a solo guitar cover of The Kittens' song "Great Dane".

Why Should You Watch: Rick's channel is worth checking out if you've ever been a fan of any of his more prominent bands, as it's got some solid concert footage spanning over 8 years, and the talent and live energy is present on these whether you're a punk or metal fan! Note that the quality of the videos can be sporadic (especially the older Fitswitch clips), and aside from the Redundant videos, there's no footage relating to bands that he drummed for. For reference, note that while Rick did post videos on his channel earlier this year, it's not uncommon to go months without new postings there.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

Suicide Girl - Fitswitch: Though Rick's most viewed video is actually of a pool party, it's not connected musically to any of his bands, so we won't embed it here. Instead, here's his second most viewed video, of Fitswitch playing their song "Suicide Girl" at a basement jam session circa September 2006, late in their original run together. Their lineup at the time featured Rick on lead guitar alongside Frightlight bandmates J.D. Pearce & Chris Thompson on vocals & drums, plus his Redundant bandmate Justin Langlois on rhythm guitar, and ex-Sense of Truth bassist Curtis Beauchamp, though with the band wearing what appear to be Jason masks, it's hard to tell without the end credits. The video is very dark too, and the colour filters don't necessarily help, but it's a strong performance musically, with a neat ambiance, and J.D.'s melodic vocals fit well throughout! Give more of Rick's Fitswitch videos from the late 2000s a look above!



Fright Light - Dead town (live): Rick uploaded two videos of his recent punk/metal band (and Fitswitch successors) Frightlight onto his channel from a concert at the old Coch's Corner on June 16th, 2010, which was the famed "secret show" that still has never been publically detailed in it's entirety as to what happened that night. All I'll say is that the events of their Toronto tour date vlog from 2012 (also from Rick's channel) bear a large common element. As for the videos, an attendee filmed Frightlight's then lineup (Rick, J.D. as "Johnny Pints", bassist Mike "Eddie Fright" Gingras, and drummer Jeff "Shrek Ogre" Richards) playing their originals "Fright Night" & "Dead Town Anywhere" that night, though the audio can be tinny through this camera, and the absence of a second guitarist is noticeable. Still, this was a solid early performance from the guys on a big night... you had to be there!



Redundant Live Halloween Show 2011 at Feedback: Running for 41 minutes, Rick's longest video comes from his current punk trio Redundant's Halloween night concert in 2011 at the former Foggy Notions (then in it's brief run as Feedback, now the current Coch's Corner.) The video features Redundant (also featuring frontman Justin Langlois & Rick's brother James on bass) in Green Day costumes playing an all-cover set, including covers of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" (with usual Metallica intro), Green Day's "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?", Screeching Weasel's "Cool Kids", Weezer's "El Scorcho" (with usual TLC interlude), Del Shannon's "Runaway", Metallica's "Enter Sandman", Blink-182's "Dammit" (with Fitswitch alum Larry Mousseau on guest drums), Green Day's "When I Come Around" (with "Friends" theme intro), part of Tool's "Sober", and NOFX's "Bob", before a noise complaint and a police visit called the show short. Strong energetic set, and well filmed at stationary and moving angles from near the stage, so fans will enjoy the fun yet attitude fueled covers on display!


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I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, we'll profile a channel picked from our deepest pool yet of local channels due to the punk expansion (217 and counting!), but what channel got picked this time? Through 100% random selection, we've chosen Bad Back drummer Nathan Sauve's old YouTube channel, which features videos of him with Bad Back, Lion Ride, Fuller, and more, so there's a wide array of sounds for fans to enjoy there! Look for that on or around August 22nd, and stay tuned for more news and notes this week! Thanks everyone!

Monday, July 21, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Late & Loud), Frightlight's Future, And More Recent Updates!!

Covering some big recent news today (and yes, I know I'm behind on some other stories), we're touching on some new recent video uploads, big album updates, and a prominent local band's planned farewell, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next week that has it's own attached finality!

Inactive local classic metal quartet Late & Loud will headline a second (and perhaps final?) reunion concert on Friday, August 1st at The Rockstar Bar! Last seen at this venue in February, this is being hyped as both their "last gig for a year" and "your last chance" to see them live, as per the Facebook event page, so Loudmouths out there should take notice, regardless of which statement you believe! From what I understand, the extra finality is at least partly due to guitarist/singer Brendan Christie's impending move overseas next month, so whether this is goodbye for a year or for good, give Brendan (and the band?) a solid sendoff one week from Friday! Local openers will include recently reunited local grunge quartet Haggith in just their second show of the year (more on them in a bit) and all-female hard rockers The Danger Cats, who also opened for L&L in February, and both should fit in nicely at this show! Admission will be $5 at the door, you must be 19 to attend, and a 9:00 PM start time is in effect. For more details, see above!

While most of their shows in the past year have had a bittersweet air about them due to breakup teases and relocation hints, Brendan's move is much bigger than Jon's was, and this definitely could be their last show for at least a year or beyond. Fans of Late & Loud's energetic metal sound shouldn't miss this event, so keep it in mind for next weekend, and stay tuned for updates!

Next up (and also in the realm of bands whose days may be numbered), local horror punk/metal quintet Frightlight are apparently breaking up this fall, but not before a farewell concert of their own! According to a post on their Facebook page last night, the band will be hosting both a reunion and "a frightening farewell" on Halloween, as members are "real busy with life & other projects", so they wanted to play one last full Frightlight concert as a proper sendoff. This year's Halloween falls on a Saturday, and chances are that alludes to frontman Johnny Pints' annual Halloween party concert, which has been optimistically teased over the past few months, but further details won't be released until closer to the event. While Frightlight were last seen at The Marquee at Bon Soo in February, their last set to an actual paid audience was last August at the former Roosevelt Hotel, so regardless of any finality, fans have been waiting a while for their return.

Members have been busy with bands like Jack Spades, Redundant, and Chronic Demonic lately, so we won't be starved for new music from the guys, but this is still disappointing for fans who've loved their horrifically entertaining sets over the past 5 years! Exactly 5 years, in fact, as their debut set in 2009 was also at Johnny's annual Halloween show, which fell on the 31st that year too, so they're coming full circle! Stay tuned for more from both Frightlight and the Halloween event as we hear it!

Moving to some more positive news to close today, the aforementioned Haggith have began revealing some of the plans and content for their announced new album, so what should you know? Well, for one, they're working on two albums now, one being a normal studio CD named "XIV" (no word what they're counting 14 of), and the other being "Apocalypse II", the sequel to their second studio release that they had originally tried to put out prior to December's "farewell" show. As per their Facebook page, this teaser image was released that lists 10 songs for "XIV", including memorable live originals like "Public Enemy", "Anthem", and "Metal Cage", plus some newer tracks, but possibly most interesting is that "XIV" will also include originals that had originally debuted in members Curtis McKenzie & Daniel Horton's recent hard rock band Punch, such as "Road Rash", "By The Hand", and the eponymous "Punch". Interesting to see Haggith take these tracks on as their own, I wonder if Steven or Ben had any hand in the songwriting?

While "XIV" is teased for an October release, no studio samples are out yet for it, but on the flipside, a song from their other upcoming disc "Apocalypse II" is now up on the band's YouTube channel! Their first posting there in 9 months, the song (titled "Apocalypse") features just Curtis & Daniel on all instruments, including the keyboard, and it has a softer and plainer ambiance, presumably to fit in with the conceptual nature it and it's predecessor had. I'll hold on thoughts until it's review time, but check out the new song below, and catch up on Haggith's ambitious studio plans above!



Finally for today, here's the latest from local grunge/hardcore duo Bad Back, starting with the news that they finally have their own Facebook page! Odd that it took over a year to launch a page there, but things will get up to speed there in time, so become a fan above! Also, drummer Nathan Sauve uploaded five new concert videos from their set opening for The Archaics last week at The New American Pub onto his new YouTube channel over the last few days, all uniquely filmed from overhead, which gives an interesting angle, but doesn't tell fans much about the stage setup if they've never been to The New A. The filmed songs include "Shirt Tucker", "Two Tongues", covers of NOFX's "Linoleum" and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "American Girl", and as embedded below, their original "Drum My Way Home", so check each link to see each video! Well shot with a great camera, angle aside, you get a great sense of Bad Back's live presence, but the vocals are far too muffled on average. Fans will be right at home though, so check out these new concert clips above and below!



That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's YouTube Channel Profile tomorrow, plus more news and notes soon! Thanks everyone!