Thursday, April 14, 2011

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Renderware

We're back in Sault Ontario this month for our latest Defunct Local Band Profile! This is our 11th profiled band in the last 10 months, and this month, we have a bit of a change of plans. Originally, we were going to profile Route 69, featuring alumni of local bands like Aftersight & Wishbone. However, the band announced on their newly redesigned MySpace page that they're working on a comeback this summer! Full details aren't known yet, but the above links will hook you up. Nice to see them back, I've always wondered how they sounded, but that kinda disqualifies them for a "defunct" profile on the SMS. So I had to pick a new band this month, which wasn't hard, I just did what I do in any case where the band I randomly select is still active: I picked the closest defunct band alphabetically, and now we have a new band to profile! Let's begin! (Edited on February 11th, 2012)

Genre: Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Members: (Members not in their last lineup in italics.)

Jordan Foisy, vocals
Marc Lafrance (The Mark Rand Band, Talk Shit), guitar
Wayne Watkins (The Small Town Rivals, Nebraska Arms), bass
Adam Sauve (The Business Suit Trappers, Nebraska Arms), drums
Thomas Whitney, guitar
Ian Robinson (Talk Shit), bass

Audio/Video: Renderware have three songs posted on their MySpace page, those being the original songs "Washed Up Celebrity", "Babie's Momma", and "Breakin' Me Down"! All three are streamable there, but if you click the above links, you'll find YouTube uploads of each that I have made to The Sault Metal Scene's YouTube channel! "Babie's Momma" was an old upload, but the other songs are brand new to go along with this post. As for video footage, the only video I know of comes from YouTube user M4RRC's channel, and it's from Renderware's debut performance at a Bon Soo Battle of the Bands in 2004, featuring the band's original lineup playing an original song, name not known, that wasn't posted in studio form on MySpace. Decent quality, but too short, only comprising of what sounds like that song's latter half followed by the crowd's reaction. Good stuff though, give it a look below!

Info/Analysis: Renderware formed in 2004 or earlier, debuting at that year's Bon Soo Battle of the Bands, but didn't launch a MySpace page until 2006. They played scattered live shows in the mid-2000s, as openers and headliners, and were last seen live in July 2007 as openers for Lion Ride in their own debut concert at the former Foggy Notions. To my knowledge, the band went inactive after this show, possibly due to frontman Jordan Foisy moving to Toronto, though members of Renderware later reunited in bands like Talk Shit & Nebraska Arms. Renderware's sound was really unique, with the band saying they sounded like "Tom Waits meets Motorhead". That's accurate, as Jordan's vocals have that gritty harsh Tom Waits-esque tone, but the music is straight up hard rock! The songs are fairly straightforward and simple, but they do have a nice hard rock quality with a bit of punk flavour, and you can tell the band has talent! I also like the sense of humour they show with their material, giving each song a lighter amusing feel while still bringing the rock! Though it's a shame their planned CD never seemed to come out, their music has a unique effectiveness to it, though I imagine they won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially vocally. Give them a look though, and see what you think! Also, check out their official forum (free membership required) for some old band news!
Hope you guys enjoyed this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! I wasn't prepared to change the band so closely to when I planned to post it, but luckily Renderware had enough information to make it interesting (their old Geocities page would have helped though), and Route 69's return is welcome! But what band will we profile next month? The band I randomly selected is The Harsh Heads, the defunct Sault Ontario hardcore band featuring members of Destroilet & The Billy Bastards! Watch out for this profile between May 7th and 13th! That's all for now, but stay tuned for our news Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile on The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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