If there was ever a post on the SMS that could be defined as "packed", then this is it! Today, we have THIRTEEN LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for the next two months, the long awaited new music video from a local metal band, and kicking things off, a new local band! We have loads of stuff to come in the next few days, including some SMS housekeeping notes, our classic weekly video (don't worry, I haven't forgotten it!), and much more, so stay tuned! Let's kick off today's stacked post with the new local band!
I just came across this band the other day, and they are Beyond The Surface, a hard rock quartet from nearby Pickford, Michigan! Comprised of area high schoolers, the band features Rhiannan Sibbald on lead guitar, Eli Reilly (formerly of Unleashed) on rhythm guitar, bassist Alec Firack, and drummer Isaac Leach. They don't appear to have a singer at present, but 2009 International Idol winner Danielle Petingalo sang with the band at at least one prior gig. Since their inception in December 2010, they have won the"Best Band" award at a Rudyard High School talent show, and according to their most recent Facebook page update, they were auditioning for a talent show in Cheboygan the other weekend. Their influences range from Metallica, Demon Hunter, and Pantera to August Burns Red, Paramore, and Evanescence, which are quite the diverse group of bands! I have no real idea of how they sound as a band (I've found no video), but they seem promising enough for their age if they've won talent show awards. No word on if they're connected at all to Joey Beairl's Guitar Studio rock camp, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some link. I'll keep you guys posted if I hear more on Beyond The Surface, but check all of the above links for more!
Now to LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, and we'll go in chronological order for these shows. Firstly, local classic hard rock cover band Turner Up have scheduled 10 more concert dates through March! Guitarist Robert Brown confirmed all of these dates in a new post on their Facebook group, which also includes this weekend's Docks shows and next weekend's Bon Soo 70's/80's night at The Nicolet Tavern that we previously reported. For the new shows, they'll return to The Rockstar Bar on February 18th and 19th, with shows at The Roosevelt Hotel on the 25th and 26th. In March, they have three concert weekends scheduled, including March 4th and 5th at The Nicolet Tavern, March 11th and 12th at The Roosevelt Hotel, and finally, March 18th and 19th at The Rockstar Bar! All shows should have 10:30 PM start times, none have announced cover charges, and in all cases, you must be 19 to enter. Sounds good, it's great to see the bookings rolling in for Turner Up! Stay tuned for updates from this frequently seen live act as it comes in!
Meanwhile, another similar local band returns to the stage for another pair of concerts in March! That band is That's Chester, who will return to Docks Riverfront Grill on March 4th and 5th for a pair of classic hard rock-filled nights of music! The band haven't announced these shows yet on their pages, but Docks' event page on their official website confirms these upcoming dates, so if the venue says they're on, I wouldn't doubt them! I find it odd that they list That's Chester as a dance band in some show listings there and as just a live band in others, I guess it depends who you ask. I assume these have 10:00 PM start times, no cover charge, and 19+ age limits. These and their shows next weekend at Docks are the only confirmed That's Chester dates that I know of on the horizon, so make note of them! They're a talented band of local music veterans, so definitely consider going if you can! I'll keep you posted if I hear more!
Finally for new shows, this is one I'm sure you punk fans have been aware of for a few weeks, but now it graces the SMS thanks to one of the opening bands! Vancouver punk mainstays The Rebel Spell are making their long awaited return to Sault Ontario on March 7th for what should be an entertaining night of music at Foggy Notions! I remember seeing and enjoying The Rebel Spell on Halloween night in 2006 at The Oddfellows Hall when they opened for Propagandhi, so take my word for it, they'll deliver! Two local bands will be opening for them at this show, including popular local punk rockers Free Beer in a rare concert appearance (you can see them THIS WEEKEND at Foggy's too as well) and, for you metalheads, local grimecore rockers Shit Liver! Unless they get added to a Rosie metal night in the interim, this should be their first show since January, and it should open them up to a wider audience given what I expect to be a hard hitting night of punk rock! Seriously, The Rebel Spell are one of my favourite Canadian punk bands, take my word for it, check them out! Free Beer always entertain, and Shit Liver's crusty brand of hardcore will no doubt find some fans! There is no announced cover charge, everything starts at 10:00 PM, and you must be 19 to attend. Click here for more details, and I'll have more if it comes in!
And finally, Woods of Ypres' new music video has FINALLY came out! After filming for it took place with Handshake Inc. and director David Hall this past summer, Decibel Magazine gave the world an exclusive first look at Woods of Ypres official music video for "I Was Buried (In Mount Pleasant Cemetery)", just in time to promote their forthcoming "Woods IV" rerelease! I find the song's a bit long and melancholy for a first single, but it's an epic number, so it works on that basis! The video features the band performing on what looks like the front porch of a house, intermingled with a song-related storyline including frontman David Gold's visit to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the cliff jump and beard shaving scene that we shown here, and more. I won't give away too much, just watch it! I find that the video is very sunny and bright compared to the song's tone, and the blur effects from the band's performance segments sort of wash out Shane and Joel, but aside from that, the video works well! Good quality work, and it's nice to finally see another Woods of Ypres music video!
You can check out the original Decibel Magazine upload of this video from Viddler user shanemehling at this location, but the video is both unembeddable and private from viewing on other sites. Luckily, YouTube user LucifugeRofocale88 uploaded the music video onto their YouTube channel yesterday, so I can share it with you here! Now, check out Woods of Ypres' new music video for "I Was Buried (In Mount Pleasant Cemetery)"!
That's all for now, but I have much more news to share in the next little while, possibly tonight, so stay tuned! Thanks everyone!