Monday, December 26, 2011

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: Repetitions

Let's celebrate Boxing Day with our last Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile of the year, and if you're a hardcore punk fan, you should dig this one! After a month's change of focus to update past profiles, we're back to the status quo tonight to profile a band that's not based out of the area, but features a Sault Ste. Marie native or former resident in their lineup, and hopefully you guys like this month's featured band and profile! Without any further adieu, here's what you need to know! (Updated on November 26th, 2014)
Repetitions (Windsor, Ontario)

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

Jay Buston (vocals)
Stef Paulton (guitar)

Jill Bishop (guitar)
Ash Richtig (bass)
Sean Boone (drums)
John Bellon (guitar)

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Local Info: Though best known for his drumming talents, Sault Ontario native Ashley Richtig has expanded beyond his usual instrument to rock the bass in Repetitions, one of his three active bands in the Windsor area! Though I personally don't know a lot about Ash's local background, he's became a fixture in the Windsor music scene from his work in metal-influenced bands like The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles & NeanderTHRALL, along with recent work as an administrator and contributor with the monthly webzine The Windsor Zene. Ever the busy and prolific artist, keep an eye out for much more from Ash's various projects!

Band Bio: A supergroup of sorts in the Windsor area, members of bands like The Posers, NeanderTHRALL, and PFOD joined forces to form the hardcore punk band Repetitions in January 2011. After obtaining singer Jay Buston, the band debuted as openers for The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles on April 2nd, and quickly rose through the Windsor scene to open for bands like Napalm Death, The Swabs, and Jucifer during a healthy run of high profile concerts in Southern Ontario through the summer of 2012. Aside from their second guitar slot, Repetitions' lineup remained stable since forming. Though mostly sticking to concerts in 2011, Repetitions hit the studio last month to begin sessions towards recording a debut CD, releasing it in the spring of 2012. After a successful but short run, Repetitions surprisingly broke up in July 2012 following a well publicized farewell concert, with Jay Buston & Ash Richtig soon regrouping in the similar Windsor band The Line Drawn.

Of the live videos I've seen and the tracks I've heard, I'm getting a good vibe of hardcore fury from them! Their short but furious originals and their live covers seem to be prime candidates for moshing and mayhem, and of all of Ash's active Windsor bands, they're easily one of the most aggressive! Jay Buston's singing is brutal and relentless but with a hint of punk attitude, the guitar riffs match up well, and Ash proves to be as talented of a bassist with Repetitions as he is a drummer, though I'd like to see some higher quality live videos. They seem to have good energy too, especially on Jay's part, and they remind me of some notable higher profile hardcore bands from their style, which isn't a bad criticism. It's disappointing to see such a prominent whirlwind run end so soon after their formation, but follow The Line Drawn and the members' other bands to whet your Repetitions whistle, and maybe they'll pop up again in the future!

For media of Repetitions' material, your best bets are to check out their pages on Ustream, Bustoncode, and YouTube, which feature jam session videos, audio demos, and numerous live concert clips respectively, so click on the above links to check everything out until their album is released! On YouTube, there's videos from three Repetitions concerts to check out, and to show here, I'll go with one from their debut concert featuring a number of songs from their set, so check it out below, and much more above!

I hope you guys liked our last Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile of 2011! Next month, we'll kick 2012 off in style for this series by profiling Fredericton, New Brunswick hard rock band Age of Days, who currently feature former Inside Spiral frontman Jonny Fabbro in their lineup! Though he hasn't been there for long, they've had some notable successes since their inception, so this should make for a good entry in the series next month! That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news and notes, including new As It Stands updates and the latest David Gold developments very soon! Thanks everyone!

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