Monday, November 12, 2018

New Local Solo Videos, Plus More Assorted News & Updates!!

(Updated on Wednesday at 12:42 AM) Before the snow piles on any more, here's a new news post for your Monday afternoon! Along with some assorted news and notes, we're largely tackling new videos today, including regarding this year's Toystock and a prominent local solo artist's busy plans, but we'll start today's post with a very fitting cover from local/Thompson, Manitoba hard/alt-rock solo artist Mike Haggith, as uploaded to his Facebook page on Saturday. Fans of his old band The Din will recall their frequent live cover of The Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment", and as fate would have it, Mike recently moved from his initial apartment in Thompson to a new building, so what better way to send off his own old apartment than by covering that very song in it? This is a very serviceable acoustic rendition that fans should enjoy, so give it a look below, and stay tuned for more from Mike's solo project when it rolls in!

Next up, here's the latest from experimental folk/metal solo artist (and Mike's former Strange Coyotes bandmate) Chase Wigmore, starting with the launch of his own recording studio! Entitled Clever Bastard Records (I didn't name it!), Chase is hyping up the studio by saying that you can get your original material mixed "for pretty much free", and any genre is welcome, among other irreverent tweaks of that statement. If this is accurately described, than this is a generous service that Chase is offering, so visit the above links for more details, and the studio's now in our "Other Local Metal Links"! As for his music, Chase did post the link to Soo Blaster's second Indie Music Showcase on his Facebook page, but no one had plainly confirmed that he's playing the November 30th event at press time. He also quietly launched a Soundcloud page, which features free streaming copies of two of his solo albums, and most recently, he posted a new original song entitled "Psychic Driving", so what should you know on it?

Allegedly a song that Chase has been working on for a while now, this eight minute long original has a swinging 1990s alternative vibe with heavier stretches and great bass work, while this is a solid drum showcase too, and the lyrics have some requisite creativity! Unfortuantely, Chase would quietly take the video down for unannounced reasons on Tuesday, but it was a good song, hopefully it resurfaces! Stay tuned for updates either way!

Also today, here's a new Toystock-related video, as shared by organizer Greg Simpson to their Facebook event page on Friday, and as originally posted to veteran local rock drummer Glen Thomas' personal Facebook page! Those familiar with The Freq's drum work locally will know that he has made and donated drum kits for Christmas Cheer each holiday season for over 20 years, and at the last four Toystocks (where Glen played with Mourning Wood & The Peace Vibe), he has given a drum kit to a child in attendance after their set, which is a great gesture at a very giving time of year! This will recur later this month when Glen plays Toystock VII at The Northern Grand Gardens with Soundcheck, and you can see him showcase his garage-turned-drum assembly line in the video below. Interesting look at a great bit of holiday generosity, so kudos to him for what he's doing for a few lucky kids each year, give his video a look below, and don't miss Soundcheck and 9 other acts in two weeks!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • Local rapper Chuck "Lil' Majick" Charrette quietly replaced Bom Kronik on the lineup of Thursday night's Lightmares concert, as per updates on the Facebook event page. A reason for Bom Kronik's late withdrawal wasn't announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened! Genre fans may recognize Lil Majick (formerly Lil' CZ) from his work with True North Talent Entertainment, and hopefully his set was well received last week!
  • In their first Facebook page posting since July 2017, local death metal trio Pillory revealed last week that their new album "is getting there", with guitar tracking now underway, and with vocals and mixing apparently next on the docket. Rivers of Nihil show aside, we have heard next to nothing publically from Pillory in the past year, but it's great to see that they are still plugging away, so stay tuned for updates when they come in!
  • Tickets are now on sale for Theatre of Night's Christmas tour stop at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on December 15th! Unlike usual concerts there, this will be in the venue's table seating configuration, with traditional theatre seats ($15) and dinner tables ($25) for a more intimate experience. Pick them up at this link, at 1-800-KEWADIN, or at the in person box office! No word yet though on the teased December 16th concert.

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site as the week progresses! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Foothill Road

It's now time for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile, our monthly feature series that spotlights one or two defunct/inactive local metal, hard rock, or punk acts for current readers, in order to give them new attention for current readers! This time, we had randomly selected two bands to look at due to my projecting that neither had enough content for a solo feature, but for a second straight month, I underestimated the first band, so we've promoted things to a single band profile once again. As such, I have bumped the planned second band (Kraken Mara) to the headline spot next month, but don't worry, they are coming! Now, here's this month's profile!
Foothill Road

Genre: Hard/Alternative Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie/Hamilton, Ontario (also listed from Copetown, a Hamilton suburb, in their EP booklet)


Ken Luxton (Spy vs. Spy, J.A.B.), vocals
Mario Carlucci (Sneaky Pete, Glitch), guitar
Mark Oliverio (Tripod the Dog, Boogie Fever), guitar
Ron Pyette, bass
Rick Bain (Sara Inksetter, Cousin It), drums

Audio/Video: Foothill Road released two studio albums, including their 1994 debut CD "Seventy" and a self-titled EP in 1996. The former was locally recorded at Satellite Sound Studios with producer Bob McLeod, while the latter was recorded at Comfort Sound Studios in Toronto with producer Andrew St. George. In 2005, Mario Carlucci compiled a posthumous final album, "Live: End of the Road", featuring live tracks, studio outtakes, and a Rush cover, as a means of bringing closure to their original run, while the EP & "Taste" from the last album can be heard on their posthumous MySpace page. However, with their run taking place over 20 years ago, public videos aren't known to circulate. Here's "Cavern" from their EP!

Info/Analysis: Active from circa 1993-1996, and named after a real west end street in Sault Ste. Marie, surviving public information on Foothill Road is in short supply, but they had a strong profile during their original run, including positive album reviews in Meat Magazine. The band relocated to Hamilton circa 1995, but disbanded shortly after their 1996 EP release. Not long after, Mario Carlucci & Rick Bain would join bassist Nancy Henrech (Rick's future wife) in the Hamilton rock bands Sara Inksetter & Cousin It, the latter alongside Ken Luxton too, and both had measures of success in that market. Of their studio albums, I prefer "Seventy" for it's heavier & rawer nature (plus Ken's rangier singing), but Foothill Road were a talented group who made strong use of 1990s grunge & alt-rock influences, and they showcased great chemistry during their run, with the guitar work always a highlight! Give Foothill Road a listen, and follow members' later local projects too (like Mark and Mario's later hard rock cover band Glitch!)
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! Next month in this series, we will spotlight Kraken Mara next as promised (deja vu from Foothill Road's postponement!), but as I am certain there won't be enough material for a solo profile on this prog-metal studio project, we will round things out with one more similarly limited-for-content band that we randomly selected, namely the late 2000s experimental metal trio Dreamscape! Look for both profiles on or around December 10th, and stay tuned for more news and notes on the site soon! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

This Weekend's Concert Previews, Plus New Videos!!

A quiet concert weekend is upon us, so barring a late notice confirmation, today's post features this weekend's previously announced concert previews, plus some new videos from two very different local acts. Without any further adieu, here's what you should know!

We'll start our previews with the Sault Ste. Marie debut of Sudbury punk trio Lightmares, who will rock LopLops Lounge TONIGHT! After two fan favourite appearances at both of the Oh!No concert festivals in Leeburn, this will be a long overdue chance for Oh!No attendees and newcomers alike to see Lightmares in the Soo proper, and with their alternative-tinged, upbeat blend of originals, they should get a solid reception among the LopLops faithful! Openers were quietly confirmed in recent weeks, and they will include new local hip-hop jazz quartet Bom Kronik (spelled "Bomb Chronic" on the Facebook event page) and local surf rock quartet The Dynowaves, who also played at Oh!No this year. Diverse but talent-laden lineup, so don't be late for the opening acts! Advertised as promoters Six, Two, Oh.'s 90th concert to date, this show has a 19+ age limit, $5 cover charge, and 9:00 PM start time.

With this show tonight and The Therapists returning to our area later this month, this is a good time to be a fan of this year's Oh!No lineup, so if you can swing a Thursday nighter, head to LopLops for all of tonight's varied action, and for a preview, here's Lightmares live last month!

Next up, the only other advertised local hard rock concerts this weekend will take place at the re-opened and relocated Gliss Restaurant, as Tym Morrison's weekly arrangement there begins it's second week since the big move TOMORROW & SATURDAY! Following the grand re-opening on October 27th, Tym resumed his regular run there last week, and will play his second public concert weekend at the former Cesira's location over the next two days. Fans of Tym's regular and proficient blend of hard and classic rock covers should welcome his weekly Gliss matinee gigs back after a 3+ month hiatus, and you can expect more of the same high quality entertainment on Spring Street tomorrow and/or Saturday! Unless there's a late confirmation, these are Tym's only publically announced shows this weekend, and they are 6:00 PM gigs with no announced cover charge or age limit, but mind the more intimate restaurant locale. Visit the Facebook event page for more details, and here's Tym live in concert a few years back!

We'll close today with some new videos, starting with a surprise song posting from.... Room 206?! This comes from bassist Brad "Example" Lacell's YouTube channel last week, and while your first guess may be that the song (entitled "Last Stance") is a 20 year old demo from the punk quartet's original run, that doesn't appear to be the case, as the video's description says that it was "recorded for Tidal Records' compilation #1." This seems to imply that former Room 206 members recently reunited to record at least one more song, presumably at Tidal Records' own Mission Control Studios, for an apparent compilation album featuring Tidal-signed artists & collaborators, though this is largely conjecture until there is confirmation beyond this video. For what it's worth, Brad is on Tidal's roster already as a solo artist, and was a bandmate of Tidal head Dustin Jones in The Inner City Surfers. Also note that much of Tidal's recent online posts have revolved around the big Jesse Merineau concert yesterday, so outside topics may have been on hold then.

I was a kid (as in, under 10) during Room 206's heyday, so I missed out on the glory years of the Windsor Park Hotel concert era, but this new song should highly pique the interest of mid-1990s local punk fans! I can't confirm full credits for who's representing Room 206 here, and I'll hold on reviewing "Last Stance" pending teasers of a Tidal compilation album being true, but give it a listen below, and stay tuned for more when and if it comes in!

Finally for today, here's the latest from local cybergrind solo project Malignant Neoplasm, who returned after a lengthy hiatus with two new digital albums on their Bandcamp page on Tuesday! One is entitled "Jesus Died For Our Tins", and the other (embedded below via label Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel) is entitled "No More Medical Songs." This seems to signal a shift away from songs named after medical terminology and conditions, though this isn't new, as their 2016 album didn't have any medical song names either. In fact, Malignant Neoplasm's 2018 songs have more in common thematically with their sister goregrind act Crucify the Whore, so if that's more your thing, these will be familiar! While less cyber-influenced than previous material, these new songs (some with suitably provocative titles) remain a quick listen, as despite having 8 and 9 songs respectively, neither crosses 10 minutes in total length. Only 3 songs between them exceed 2 minutes, and 6 don't run for more than 20 seconds, so don't lose track of time when checking them out, as a song could end before you know it!

These albums are both available at the above links on "name your price" models, and while the polarizing gorenoise originals and typically undecipherable vocals will not win over any prior detractors of Blood Shed's grind acts, the aggressive noise rock will be right up the alley of existing label fans! Give all 9+ minutes of "No More Medical Songs" a listen below, and stay tuned for more from Tyler and company when it rolls in!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tool Tribute, Soundcheck, And Fluid 5ive), Plus A New Punk Band!!

Before we dive into weekend concert previews, we have a bunch of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS to touch on, mostly at one popular venue, but first, here's a new addition to our band links!

We have a new local punk band to add to our active band links on the site, and they are the Distillers tribute band from last month's Halloween Party concert at The Rockstar Bar, who are no longer simply a one-off! Following a positive response to their set, the band has decided to continue as a full project under the name Coral Fang (taken from The Distillers' 2003 album), so if you liked what you heard late last month, they are reportedly open for more bookings! Channeling Brody Dalle up front is Stegadeth/Jack Spades guitarist Tiffany "Spades" Stocco, with bandmate Johnny Belanger joining her in a third active band on drums, and their lineup is rounded out by A Dire Setback's Chris Nielsen on guitar and Destroilet's Adam Larocque on bass. Aside from teasers of more dates both here and out of town, we don't know much about Coral Fang, but can they sustain in the long-term just as a Distillers tribute, or might original songs or outside covers join their rotation? It will be interesting to find out, but like and follow Coral Fang at the above links!

We'll have more on the Halloween tribute end of things in a bit, but first, let's kick off those LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, starting with local classic/hard rock cover quartet Soundcheck's return to the aforementioned Rockstar Bar for one night only on Saturday, November 17th! While not confirmed at press time by the band, the show was announced via the venue's Facebook event page on Sunday. This will be Soundcheck's first stop at The Algonquin Hotel's upstairs nightclub since June, and unless there's a short notice surprise this weekend, their first anywhere since rocking the Reggievelt over Halloween weekend. Soundcheck's fan favourite blend of 1980s-themed hard and classic rock covers should go over as well as ever in 10 days time, so keep this one-nighter in mind for next week! No word yet though on if bassist Paul Belair will be back in the fold on the 17th. There is no cover charge for this 19+ show, which has a 10:00 PM start time. Visit the above links for more details!

Also, here's another Rockstar Bar show that was newly announced via a venue-created Facebook event page this week, as local classic/hard rock cover quintet Fluid 5ive will return there for one night only on Saturday, November 24th! This will be their first concert since playing at the same locale early last month, and their second with new guitarist Liam Vaillancourt, so if you haven't seen their fan-friendly blend of rock covers yet, this would be a good time to be introduced! In another new show announcement, Fluid 5ive will be the musical entertainment at the third annual Habitat For Humanity Builder's Bash at The Grand Gardens North on Friday, November 30th! This special event is a fundraiser for local Habitat for Humanity operations (always a great cause),with dinner, a silent auction, some type of gaming, a photo booth, and yes, Fluid 5ive in concert, so keep this in mind if you want to show your support! Keep all of the above details in mind when you note the $40 ticket cost, or $375 for a reserved table for 10.

Contact organizer Sandi Wheeler at (705) 941-9646 or for ticket availability (reportedly, drummer Jeff Pennett has tickets too), and a 6:00 PM start time is advertised. Meanwhile, the Rockstar Bar show the previous week has a 19+ age limit, likely 10:00 PM set start time, and no cover charge. See the above links for complete details on both of Fluid Five's shows this month, and stay tuned for possible updates!

Finally, we have one more Rockstar Bar show to acknowledge, as two more tribute bands from the aforementioned Halloween parties there will join forces for an encore on Friday, December 14th! The announced headliners are the (two-off?!) Tool tribute band from night #2, featuring Late Shift's John Barber & Anthony Gagnon, The Wild Iris' Steve Myers, and Skeyes of Seven's Alain Fletcher. It;s great to see the guys bring their proficient and authentic brand of tribute prog/alt-metal back for another go-around, and in case this is it for this tribute, don't miss out! The other announced band is a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute, and while not firmly stated on the Facebook event page, this appears to be a encore of The Elements' themed set from night #1 of the Halloween party. If accurate, they should have another fun blend of Chili Peppers hits in store on December 14th, so don't be late for their set either! No other bands are advertised, but wouldn't it be fitting if Coral Fang played this too?

A $5 cover charge is advertised for this 19+ concert, which has a 10:00 PM start time. This is a solid way to help continue the holiday concert season, and after how good the Halloween Party sets were, who will complain about one more set from each? Visit the above links for more details, and that's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Theatre Of Night Updates, More From Sault Michigan, And Other Assorted Notes!!

Here's a new news post for your Monday afternoon reading, and today's is largely devoted to Sault Michigan news and notes, though we do have a handful of shorter Sault Ontario stories to cap things off with. Along with a prominent band's latest happenings, some local radio updates, and a new teaser clip, read on below for what you should know!

We'll start today with the latest from local classical metal project Theatre of Night, starting with some more clarification for dates on their Christmas tour, which starts in Blanchard this weekend! Based on new event pages, the planned December 8th show was moved from Holland (where they are still playing two weeks later) to The Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, while they will be appearing on Grand Rapids cable access channel GRTV on November 16th for a special televised performance. That should be some great exposure, so keep this in mind if you're in the Western Lower Peninsula and have Comcast! No word yet though on the teased December 1st weekend shows in Grand Rapids or the Sunday, December 16th gig in the Soo, those three dates do not have event pages or confirmed venues at press time. The guys have also posted a pair of videos to their Facebook page as the build towards the tour continues, including a re-posting of their version of "Carol of the Bells" with former studio singer Gaby Koss.

Embedded below is their newest video from Saturday night, a live-streamed rehearsal performance of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by all of the tour performers sans singer Rachel Mender, who hasn't surfaced in any of their jam teaser clips. Filmed by keyboardist Craig Harrison (who's still playing one handed here), this is a strongly done rendition at this stage, and they're sounding good in advance of their Blanchard gigs! Give this a look below, and see much more from Theatre of Night's Christmas tour plans above!

Next up, here's a first, if brief, overture into new Sault Ontario streaming box local TV channel ONNtv (via local news website Sault Online), as this preview video for the Steel Panther concert at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino on December 1st was posted to their YouTube channel last month! The 16 second video just features singer Michael Starr announcing the show and encouraging fans to get their tickets A.S.A.P., even in spite of work the next day. Short but sweet, so give it a look below, and tickets are still available at this link for $25! Center seats are almost sold out, but there are still tickets in the left and right sections from the seventh row and back!

Also, I wanted to acknowledge Lake Superior State University's campus radio station The 46th Parallel Radio, which has been a familiar sight on the dial at WLSO 90.1 FM since 1993. Station followers may have noticed a severe decline in (off-campus) public updates on WLSO after the fall of 2016, with 90.1 FM not visibly broadcasting since early last year, their website closing after March 2017 following years of disuse, and Facebook page updates ceasing before then, despite their well hyped 2016 rebranding and online relaunch. With no major off-campus statements from LSSU, I have done some research, and here's what I've learned. While WLSO still has an FCC license (source here), it does look like the FM signal was taken dark, with operations continuing as an internet radio station only, even if slightly under the radar. LSSU's website links to this web player, and through it's assorted links, we can confirm that the station is a part of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System's Student Radio Network, via Backbone Radio.

On a listen to what LSSU alternately calls "Laker Radio", it still has an adult album alternative/indie rock base for it's setlist, albeit with an even more underground roster of artists, and even a few metal surprises like Deafheaven. Oddly, the streaming player above crashes before scheduled station identification breaks, and I have to restart it to resume the music, so make of that what you will. Barring a sudden resumption of WLSO on the FM dial, this appears to be where we're at, and while the move off of terrestrial radio is disappointing, hopefully the internet station is working as well as hoped for university and station staff! Give it a listen above!

Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • 11 months removed from their last public update, Sault Ontario rap metal/party rock group The Apocalypse Afterparty resurfaced on their Facebook page on October 19th to say that "hibernation is ending", complete with a photo of a guitar and amplifier for good measure. The band has only posted three times on their Facebook page in the past 2 years, despite a handful of gigs last summer (largely of the unadvertised "pop up" variety), and an unfulfilled teaser of something coming on November 8th of last year. Hopefully X, z, X, and z have more up their sleeves in the near future!
  • Prolific local rock bassist & SleepWellCity mainman Nathan Bouliane is looking for local musicians & bands with music videos for an upcoming Northern Film Showcase that he is holding next year, similar to a fantasy-themed film event he held in April. The idea is to unite musicians and filmmakers as a means of promoting visual arts locally, with the creators introducing and discussing their work on the big screen, and perhaps even performing live. If you're interested in submitting a music video or getting more information, message Nathan at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from Friday!
  • I will be moving local hardcore punk trio Programmed To Fail to our inactive band links soon, as they have not issued a public update since their last Facebook page posting one year ago tomorrow. Active off and on from 2016-2017, Programmed To Fail (p.k.a. The Transjenners) never appeared in a public concert, and never visibly revived their deleted Soundcloud page from their first run, despite showing some raw promise on "We Push Back". Hopefully we hear more from Justin, Craig, and Corry in the future!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site this week! Thanks everyone!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Where Are The New Albums? November 2018 Update

Now, it's time for this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post! This monthly feature series continues to look at the announced and (at least partially) recorded albums from Sault Ontario metal, hard rock, and punk artists, in order to see their current whereabouts and when we might see them come out on sale. This is largely a holding pattern month, as only 2 of this month's entries have updates (as noted with their title in italics), but hopefully more public updates surface soon. So, where are the new albums? Read on below to hopefully find out!
A Dire Setback's debut album

Rumoured Songs: "Wasting Away", "Kicking & Screaming", "Faded", "Catastrophe", "Forget This Memory", "Everlasting Despair", "A Dire Setback"

Background: Though discussion of a debut album had been ongoing throughout 2017, local alt-punk trio A Dire Setback only announced that their first CD was in the works in March of this year. To help fund the recording sessions, A Dire Setback launched a Patreon page to allow fans to help financially back them and the album, with exclusive content and perks promised for backers on there, though public content on their Facebook page has also been released. Around that same time, the guys began setting tempos and recording click tracks for the album, with Pointless bandmates Bill Priddle & Dustin Goodall handling production and mastering, at least partially at Dustin's own Unsalted Audio. Full recording sessions began with drum tracking in May, as noted on Facebook, with guitar tracking ongoing as of October 16th. The band posted this photo on Facebook in that could be the possible cover art, while this Rotaryfest teaser features a drum-heavy track that may be included.

Current Release Status: I couldn't begin to guess, but A Dire Setback are doing all the right things to get buzz online for the recording sessions, and it'll be interesting to see how influential the Patreon campaign is towards it's completion, especially considering the limited success of past crowdfunding campaigns from local musicians. Keep posted for updates!
The Bear Hunters - The Dead Testament

Rumoured Songs: "The Void", "The Omen", "Neckbreaker", "I Fear No God", "Servitude", "Transcend Judgement", "For Glory", "The Wrath Of Angmar", "The Dying Den", "The Dead Testament", "Deception" (bonus re-recording), "The Forest of Forests" (bonus track)

Background: In tentative planning since 2014 under this title, local death metal quintet The Bear Hunters have been playing songs intended for their second full length CD for a few years now, but only fully began recording sessions for "The Dead Testament" on October 2nd, 2015. Following a brief fundraising campaign and the gradual unveiling of song titles, the band has been working with producer Dustin Jones at Mission Control Studios, and have shared sporadic updates on their Instagram page. Like on 2014's "Eternal Hibernation", rhythm guitarist Josh Stephney has recorded parts for the album despite living in Southern Ontario, but it's not yet clear on how bonus tracks will be handled.

Current Release Status: The Bear Hunters haven't given any firm timetables for when to expect "The Dead Testament" in stores, but recording sessions are reportedly complete, as are the mixing and mastering processes, as of August 5th (source here.) The band is aiming for a more professional sound and release for their sophomore effort, and to go along with that, artwork and physical distribution plans are ongoing, as are "a ton of cool ideas for stepping our media game up." Keep an eye out for updates on "The Dead Testament" when and if they come in!
Electric Church's debut album

Rumoured Songs: "Muddy Waters", "Ain't Got None", "Carey Baby", "Take Me Away", "Cross the Line"

Background: Fast rising young blues/hard rock trio Electric Church evolved from Jimi Hendrix covers in 2016 to primarily original material in 2017, and punctuated that on May 12th of that year when they announced on their Facebook page that they were "working up some new songs... for the album!!!" It was confirmed around that time that they were recording material at Mission Control Studios with producer Dustin Jones, who shared a picture on their Facebook page confirming Electric Church's presence. However, few direct updates have followed publically, aside from scattered reminders that they are still working in studio, and that they "are really excited about all the new projects we have planned."

Current Release Status: No clue, but Electric Church are a very talented band who play beyond their years, and no matter how long this takes, the album should be of solid quality when it finally comes out! At last word, the band noted on New Year's Day that they were "looking forward to finishing up in the studio this year", though note that frontman Spencer Pine's commitments with Jesse Merineau's solo band and their own CD release may be a partial factor in Electric Church delays. Stay tuned!
The Elements' debut EP 

Rumoured Songs: "Liar", "G20", "Triple H", "The Rut", "I Need A Friend"

Background: Arguably better known for their funk, ska, and hard rock covers, local quartet The Elements have been adding original material to their sets since 2015, and have since publically confirmed earlier teases that they are working on a debut EP. Frontman Rob Speers has confirmed in personal conversations in early 2016 that they have been working in studio on the release, which will have at least 5 tracks, and I believe it's being self-recorded, but further public updates are minimal at best. It's also not known if they'll employ any guest performers, such as saxophonist Josh Norling, a frequent presence in recent months.

Current Release Status: At this stage, I have no idea, but Rob sounded like things were going well in studio. That said, these were largely personal conversations over a year ago, and the band hasn't acknowledged album recording sessions publically in recent months, so we'll have to see if updates come out on it in 2018!
Gates of Winter - Perihelion

Rumoured Songs: "The Stars Call My True Name", "Edin Na Zu", "Dimensions", "Time Warp", "Wormhole Mechanics", "Prometheus", "Eta Carinae"

Background: Despite a hiatus from live concerts lasting over 9 years, Gates of Winter never broke up, and are slowly working on their follow-up to 2008's "Lux Aeterna". Updates have sporadically been made since early 2010, via numerous uploads, teaser postings, and general hype for the recording sessions, though prior release forecasts haven't been realized, it was retracted from CD to EP length, and most preview media has since been taken down as the band perfected the CD's final content. While Sault native Jon Morrison was announced as the album's drummer in late 2010, it has since been confirmed that "Perihelion" will feature programmed drums. After taking a over a year off from public activity, Gates of Winter resurfaced in July 2017 with new band artwork and hints that they have "been making incredible strides, and are very excited to pull back the curtain."

Current Release Status: Personal commitments and the like have slowed things down incredibly, but the band has repeatedly acknowledged continued work towards the release in scattered postings throughout the 2010s. The band's Facebook page was admittedly taken down in mid-2018, despite a personal Facebook video of members jamming from April, but given their already measured public updates and prior year-long public hiatus from 2016-2017 without dissolving, I am hesitant to make a judgement on their status. If still alive, remember that good art takes time, and Gates of Winter won't want to release this until everything's perfect and to their high standards. Keep an eye out for potential updates!
Id Iota's full length second CD

Rumoured Songs: "Happy Sailor", "Intro To American Literature", "Seas Envy Skies", "Long D", "Cop Drama", "Deep Empty", "Blind Spots"

Background: Not long after their successful Ontario tour with Mike Mikus in late 2016, Id Iota began recording sessions for their second album, though public confirmation that a full length CD was currently in progress didn't occur until guitarist Dustin Goodall announced it on his studio Unsalted Audio's website early last year. Scattered postings and hints have followed, but nothing else has came out beyond performances of newer originals in concert through this summer. For reference, this photo got shared a few times on Id Iota's Facebook page last year, but it's unclear if it's intended to be the album's cover artwork. It is not clear whether new bassist Robert Sartini and/or his predecessor Dan Linklater will be on the final product, or if any collaborations with RedD Monkey alum Pete Mozarowski will make the cut.

Current Release Status: No idea, especially with the alternative/hard rock quartet keeping fairly mum on it's progress (not to mention their bassist change), but with the guys back on the local stage after a lengthy hiatus, hopefully things are winding closer, so stay tuned for updates!
Mike Haggith - Bridges

Rumoured Songs: "From The 55th Parallel", "Over Indecision", "The Nature of The Times","An Act of Strength","The Catalyst", "Dangerous Town", "Come on Home", "Blue Highway", "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost", "Bridges"

Background: After moving to Thompson, Manitoba in November 2017 for work reasons, prolific local/Windsor hard/alternative rock musician Mike Haggith relaunched his dormant solo project, and soon commenced songwriting for a new CD, which would be his 50th canon studio album and his first since 2015's "The Warinside" Updates slowly took place across 2018, with his Facebook page documenting songwriting sessions and acoustic "home demo" videos of new original songs, plus occasional solo concerts in Thompson largely featuring these new tracks. Mike has unveiled the official title as "Bridges", along with it's cover artwork and track listing in September, which includes all of his Thompson-era originals except "If Only You Could Hear Me".

Current Release Status: Though Mike didn't highly publicize the recording sessions on social media, he confirmed at the end of August that the album was "100% recorded", and is soon going to be edited and mixed. Updates haven't followed publically, so I don't expect an imminent release for Mike's new solo album, but hopefully we'll see it by year's end, and with Mike's candor and honesty, you know he won't hide anything regarding it's release!
Mike Vincent - For Dear Life

Rumoured Songs: "Nocturnal"

Background: Shortly after releasing his first two solo albums ("Ultimate Chaos" & "Apocalypse") in March, former Skull After Betrayl frontman & Bear Hunters guitarist Mike Vincent indicated that he had begun preparations for a third solo release. With no public Facebook page for his music at press time, Mike revealed on his personal Facebook page in September that his third album would be titled "For Dear Life", with an instrumental demo of it's first song "Nocturnal" being posted to his Bandcamp page. Unlike on his prior releases, "For Dear Life" is expected to feature vocals on all but one track, in a possible throwback to Mike's singing work with both Skull After Betrayl and D.O.T.H..

Current Release Status: I don't know for certain, but given that this version of "Nocturnal" has no vocals, I imagine Mike is early in the independent recording process. If this is anything like his prior albums, expect songs to be incrementally released over time in advance of the final sale posting, but nothing's finite. Keep tabs for updates in the coming months!
Northwest - Songs From 2015-2017

Rumoured Songs: "Hangover Habits", "Drinking Games", "True North", "Sorry Sunday"

Background: Following the release of their debut self-titled digital EP in September 2014, and a lengthy stage hiatus from late 2016 through early 2017, local indie/punk quintet Northwest resumed major activity that April with teaser photos of recording sessions at Mission Control Studios with producer Dustin Jones (as they had done for their debut) being sporadically posted over ever since then to their Facebook page. Confirmation that this was for a new EP, their first with current drummer Marc Santos, only came in July 2017 via their write-up in last year's Rotaryfest program. The cover artwork and title "Songs From 2015-2017" was unveiled in July, and while the band never formally signalled the end of sessions, studio copies of their new originals "True North" & "Sorry Sunday" were posted to YouTube in recent months.

Current Release Status: Shortly after the above photo was shared, Northwest posted a new cover photo on Facebook that blatantly says that the EP is coming in "Fall 2018", which appears to have been delayed. On September 3rd, the band teased that they would be hosting an EP release party at LopLops Lounge on Saturday, December 22nd, but held back on any extra details for the time being. Nothing else is public regarding it's content or release formats, but hopefully the December release date holds up so fans can get their new album for the holidays! Stay tuned for updates on the release show when they are announced!
Pillory's second CD

Rumoured Songs: "Angst of Existence", "Sculptor of Cadavers", "Wasting", "Abhorred Apprehension", "The Passing", "Exhaustive Incarnation"

Background: After previously breaking up in mid-2014, local metal band Pillory returned as a trio in the fall of 2015, trading their thrash metal roots for a heavier death metal sound, complete with a completely overhauled setlist with no carried-over originals from their 2013 EP "Cringe At The Cross". In March 2017, Id Iota guitarist Dustin Goodall's recording studio Unsalted Audio revealed that they were in pre-production for Pillory's second album, with the band indicating that recording sessions were underway a couple of months later. As of last July, drum tracks were complete, with editing to follow before recording other instruments, though no updates have followed. It's not clear who will provide bass tracks on the final product, between ex-bassist Jordan Leach, his replacement Blair St. John, frontman Robert Sartini (who played bass on "Cringe At The Cross"), or a combination therein.

Current Release Status: I have no idea, and it doesn't help that Pillory have not posted a public update since July 2017, though their new lineup returned from that hiatus at July's Rivers of Nihil concert That said, Pillory are no strangers to releasing an album amidst lineup uncertainty, and with their increasingly brutal and technical sound, hopefully they can get this album complete down the line!
Skeyes of Seven - Stare at the Sky

Rumoured Songs: "Enough", "See The Truth", "Fallen Faith", "Pretend", "Cognitive Dissonance", "Crawling Back From Reality"

Background: Already no strangers to the studio after recording two songs as singles in the mid-2010s, local modern hard rock quartet Skeyes of Seven hit the studio to record their debut EP in 2015, though they only publically confirmed that an EP was in the works in January 2016. Sessions took place at Deluca Sound Productions, who have shared videos of band members tracking material for the EP, the title of which being unveiled later that year. In January 2017, all six songs were posted to their YouTube channel, including the new instrumental "Crawling Back From Reality", while also excluding their older originals "Destination Unknown" & "No One Cares". New guitarist Kyle Sweet is not visibly on the EP, having joined Skeyes of Seven after sessions concluded.

Current Release Status: Given that the whole EP is online for free streaming, then conventional wisdom would say that "Stare at the Sky" would be released imminently, but the band has yet to confirm a paid release date. Hopefully it doesn't stall at being a free posting, as Skeyes of Seven are a talented and experienced band, and having been active in studio more than on stage since launching in 2012, it'd be great to see them culminate this process with a release concert. Follow along to see where things go!
Telephone & Address - "The Early Tapes" 

Rumoured Songs: "The Plumbers"

Background: Telephone & Address frontman Chris Shoust announced on their Facebook page in 2015 that he was working on releasing "The Early Tapes", a compilation of songs from the first 4 Telephone & Address albums (2011's self titled album, and 2012's "Live", "No. 3", and "Broken Head"). However, he has since released two separate new studio albums (2016's "Are You Now or Have You Ever" and February's "Monster"), with no updates on the "Early Tapes" album publically stated in over three years. The sole publically confirmed track "The Plumbers" can be streamed on their Soundcloud page, and albums are likely to turn up on Telephone & Address' Bandcamp page and on Interpunk down the road, assuming this gets released. Unless the tracks are reworked, new drummer Jackson Reed will not feature on this album.

Current Release Status: Chris revealed in March 2015 that this album "will be delayed for some time", and though he didn't elaborate on why specifically, work on both of his last two albums (particularly the very delayed "Monster") could be partially to blame. That said, with an expanded lineup now, "The Early Tapes" may have fallen further in priority, but you never know what could come next from Telephone & Address!
I hope you guys liked this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post! This monthly feature series will return on or around December 2nd, while our next monthly feature post (barring a quick CD review) will come one week from tomorrow via this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles. Look for those then, and for more news and updates soon! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Tym Morrison & The Wyld Stallyns) And Weekend Concert Previews!!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Before we begin this weekend's concert previews, I just wanted to acknowledge that Kinross, Michigan classic/hard rock trio Banned are playing at a special awards banquet this Saturday at the Kinross Speedpark reflecting this summer's auto racing season. Given that admission requires an advance RSVP and isn't clearly a publically attendable event, I'm not covering it here, but keep it in mind if you are inclined to attend! Now, let's start today's post with some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, some on SHORT NOTICE!

Tym Morrison's long-term run of weekly matinee concerts at Gliss Steak & Seafood will finally resume TOMORROW, with shows following on SATURDAY and through at least the end of the year at it's new home! Apologies for the short notice, we were waiting for public confirmation of the arrangement's resumption, which came via the shows' Facebook event page on Monday. While the prolific local acoustic hard rock musician played a private pre-opening engagement there on Friday, TOMORROW'S concert will be his first publically advertised gig at the slightly renamed Gliss Restaurant since mid-July, after the venue closed in advance of a move from The Quality Inn to the former Cesira's building at 133 Spring Street, not far from the old Case's Music/Colosimo's location. Staff and patrons have hyped up the more intimate location and expanded menu, so see above for full details on the culinary side of things, but it's great to Tym back on a regular schedule there!

Note that Tym's advertising does not list any Thursday night gigs, despite traditionally playing a thrice-weekly schedule at Gliss from July-December each year. If this turns out to be a temporary or accidental change, we'll let you know, but that may just be how the schedule is laid out at the new location. Alongside Tym's other new gigs there on November 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, and 30th-December 1st (we'll add his other December shows to our listings in a few weeks), Tym will also play one previously announced nighttime concert THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, when he returns to The Harp Pub & Grill at the Pine Plaza! Tym was the only regular musical performer at this venue (post-Madison's) from 2013-2016, including a run of weekly concerts for a time, and it's great to see him back after over 2½ years as part of the new concert-heavy path The Harp recently kickstarted! No word though on why he's not playing there tomorrow night.

Tym's revived Gliss shows (including TOMORROW'S & SATURDAY'S) remain 6:00 PM matinees with no announced cover charges or age limits (but remember, this is still a formal sit-down restaurant, not a traditional nightclub venue), while Saturday night's Harp show is a 9:00 PM affair with no cover and a 19+ age limit. Click here and visit the above links for more details on Tym's renewed busy concert slate, and here he is live!

Next up, local acoustic hard rock/jam trio The Wyld Stallyns will return to Room 21 for another headlining concert TOMORROW NIGHT! Again, apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced via it's official Facebook event page yesterday. Last seen at The Harp last week, this will be the Elements side project's first concert at the nightclub above Low & Slow since their Tom Petty tribute early last month, and first without a single-artist theme there since September. Requests and fan involvement are again encouraged for their varied and often heavy selection of covers and classic hits, so don't miss The Wyld Stallyns latest Room 21 stop TOMORROW NIGHT! Note that this is a one-night-only booking, and I do not know if there will be a Fishbowl and/or Finger Food Friday theme. TOMORROW's concert has a 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. See above for more details, and here's The Wyld Stallyns live!

Finally, we'll head to Sault Michigan for one more concert preview this weekend, as local hard/blues rock quartet Project 906 will return to Bird's Eye Outfitters (and/or The Superior Cafe) TOMORROW NIGHT! This will be the second show in a week's span for this fan favourite group, who just ended a nearly 2 month break from the stage at Saturday night's Musicians Showcase at the same venue, and as seen on Facebook photos, that Halloween themed-show was a hit. If nothing else, frontman Billy Bernier rocked that Zakk Wylde-esque blonde wig! Tomorrow's show will see more of a return to normal for the 906 crew, so look for more hard rocking cover favourites at the East Portage Avenue locale then! There is no announced age limit or cover charge for this concert, which has a 7:00 PM start time. Visit the above links for more details on tomorrow's one-nighter at The Bird('s Eye), and here's Project 906 live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post next! Thanks everyone!