Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles

Hey guys, it's time for our latest Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! Apologies for it's lateness, we've been busy earlier today, and my computer's been acting up again. This month, we'll take a look at a unique hard rock outfit from Southern Ontario that features a local musician, and hopefully you guys like this one! Remember, this series is devoted to bands that, though not locally based, feature at least one local member, so you guys can learn about them and check them out, and the local artist in this band is long overdue for us to look at! So let's begin this month's profile, and if you have any edits, corrections, or additions, please tell me! (UPDATED: November 26th, 2014)
The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles (Windsor, Ontario)

Lineup: (Saultites in RED; ex-members in italics)

Lance Malone (vocals/rhythm guitar)
Paul Maricic (lead guitar/vocals)

Nolan Silvaggi (bass)
Ash Richtig (drums/vocals)
Kyle Paulton (bass)

Official MySpace page:
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Official Reverbnation page:
Official CBC Radio 3 page:

Local Info: As far as I can tell, the only Saultite in The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles is drummer Ashley Richtig, who has since became a fixture in the Windsor music scene! I don't know a ton about Ash's local background in terms of bands and such, but he is a Sault Ontario native (his personal web pages will back that up.) At some point, he moved to Windsor, where he's carved a name for himself in numerous past & present bands on bass & drums in the Windsor area, including the hardcore bands The Line Drawn & Repetitions, the doom metal band NeanderTHRALL, and most notably, for his work in The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles!

Band Bio: The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles formed around March of 2009, and launched their various internet pages in the following months. Since then, the band has played numerous live concerts in Southern Ontario, frequently at The Coach & Horses in Windsor, and have opened for bands like The Dayglo Abortions, EVL, and Destroy Thy Will. Originally a trio with Paul Maricic handling bass, the band added Nolan Silvaggi in December 2010 to become a quartet full time. With a sound described as everything from metal to psychedelic, the band have attracted notices for many improvised jams in their live concerts, helping them stand out from other area bands. THSMM have recorded two EPs, releasing the first at a CD release party in Windsor last May. The band recently completed a second six song EP, and you can stream the full album on their Reverbnation page or pick it up at this location! Recent activity has seen the band play a few notable concerts through early 2014, but have largely been on a break since.

From what I've heard of The Heatseeking Moisture Missles, I am digging their mix of metal and punk! Their improv nature doesn't really come through in their studio material, but the songs have nice structures around their hard rocking songs, with a punk edge! That's a sound you see a lot of from local musicians, and they pull it off well here! Lance's vocals remind me a bit of Phil Rind from Sacred Reich if he sang more punk, and that's certainly a compliment! Overall, their songs are fairly straightforward, but they have the requisite attitude and energy that a band of their style requires! Lance & Paul can pull off some great riffs and solos when the time calls for it (especially on "Enough Skin To Feed The World"), and Ash is definitely a talented drummer too, I can see why he's in so many bands! If you're looking for "different" sounds, their style on it's own is different enough from other metal/punk hybrids to stand apart, so give them a look on that basis! Not a lot of individual risks taken, and I find their newest material is much stronger and well produced than their first originals, which often dragged without anything really "happening", but overall, I like what I've heard! Give them a spin at the above links!

The links above will take you to numerous videos and audio tracks from The Heatseeking Moisture Missles, and though I can't find sites that sell their full albums, definitely support them where possible! The best spot for videos is Ash Richtig's YouTube channel, where's he uploaded dozens videos primarily of THSMM concerts! Most are from their era as a trio, but there's lots of good quality videos of the band playing covers, originals, and improv jams to check out. Here's a good recent one, of the band playing their original "Hiding In The Bushes" in early 2010 at The Coach & Horses in Windsor!

I hope you guys enjoyed this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! I definitely plan to profile Ash's other bands in this series in the future (likely Neanderthrall next in the summer), but what's being profiled next month? I have decided on Gravity Crash, the Lethbridge, Alberta metal band featuring Sault Ontario native Paul Melanson, known from bands like Daemon Rage, Gutwrench, Under The Gun, and Caveman Morrison offshoot Igniter! Look out for that between May 8th and 14th! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news later today, including a surprising return, LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, Cinderella fallout, SMS March Mayhem updates, and more very soon! Thanks everyone!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for more local metal news and notes very soon, including weekend concert previews! Thanks everyone!

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