A newly discovered metal concert will go down on March 24th at a new venue that we haven't covered on the SMS before! The venue is 180 Projects, a new arts/culture venue at 180 Gore Street, which is in the former MJ's building (near the Mac's on the corner of Gore & Cathcart.) 180 Projects has been making a name for itself with art exhibitions, concerts, and other local events since it opened in (I think) January but, this is the first concert there with a metal implement that I know of, via the headliners, Winnipeg cyber-sludge metal band Soul Killing Female, who you may remember as one of the bands at last summer's Weak Ends-headlined all ages show at The Oddfellows Hall! Their tech-influenced sound has a lot going for it, mixing contemporary hard rock, doom metal, and industrial effects into a quality package of metal, and hopefully this show will attract a larger crowd than their show last year did! There will be two local opening bands, including Honest Job, a new folk rock quartet that I know little on so far, but they have an interesting folksy sound that should attract a good following, and though they're not heavy, give them a listen at this location!
The other band at this show may very well be metal-leaning, but though I can't yet confirm their sound, here's what we do know. Their name is AlgomA, they're a new local band that formed last fall, and their lineup includes at least 3 members (former BeeFMouTH bandmates Kevin Campbell & Boyd Rendell, and Kidshit/ex-Fuller bassist Jamie Vincent on drums, I think.) My sources for the lineup information are Kevin & Boyd's personal Twitter pages (Darby Wigwaus & The Midnight Rambler.) According to Boyd's posts on the blog for his independent film company 62nd Chamber Productions, AlgomA news has been intentionally low-key until they begin playing live, and leading from that, there's no public online pages, genre indications, or anything similar yet to indicate if they'll be an extension of their old hardcore BeeFMouTH sound, or something softer (for what it's worth, the previous 180 Projects shows have been folk/acoustic based.) As well, there is one preview video online hyping AlgomA's debut, but the only audio is a beeping noise. Metal or not, AlgomA will be unveiled in just under two weeks!
I have heard no confirmation as of yet on if there will be a 19+ age limit, or what the cover charge will be, but I'll let you guys know if it comes in, while a start time of around 9:00 PM wouldn't surprise me. Check the above links for more details! This should be an interesting show for the newer local talent, Soul Killing Female's unique metal sounds, and the new venue alone, and it's great to see 180 Projects welcoming some heavier tunes! It's also awesome to see live music returning to Gore Street, even if it's not a re-opening of Club Princess or GLOW, and hopefully 180 Projects succeeds for the long term! Of course, stay tuned to the SMS for updates on this show as they come in, and as for AlgomA, Boyd also revealed on 62nd Chamber Productions' blog that AlgomA are also scheduled to join returning local hardcore quintet Destroilet at an yet-unannounced June 20th concert, where they'll reportedly open for Surrey, B.C. hardcore punk band The Golers. This hasn't been confirmed through any other source, but it could be the same as either of the Dayglo Abortions or Bunchofuckinggoofs shows that Destroilet had plugged in recent weeks. Either way, stay tuned for updates on that show and AlgomA's sound!
Also today, can you help a band get a local concert booking for next month? I've recently been in contact with a promoter that's looking to get Brockville southern hard rock band Colfax booked for a Sault Ontario date on April 7th or 8th. He had first contacted me last fall about a possible Colfax booking in October, but that got misplaced due to being placed in Facebook's "other" e-mail folder rather than my main inbox (I've missed a few booking inquiries that way), but luckily, Colfax will be back touring Ontario next month! Their sound has a catchy southern groove with a hard edge and some label support on past releases, and they'd be cool to see playing here next month! I sent him some promoter contacts, but if you're interested in booking or helping promote a Colfax concert in town on April 7th or 8th, message Saul Goode at this location, and fingers crossed that they get a local date this time around!
Finally for today, here's three assorted recent shorter stories from the last little while, and as always, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- Stemming from our AlgomA news above, if you come across the MySpace page for an inactive local band named 62 Chambers of Death, that appears to be a loose posthumous page for BeeFMouTH judging by the material & descriptions, which all line up with existing BeeFMouTH online postings & media despite the different name. Nice to hear some old live audio demos from their late 1990s heyday though, so check out that page to check out what's there!
- Newer local goregrind project Crucify The Whore revealed on their Facebook page on Sunday that they'll be slowing down activity for a bit to work on other Blood Shed Productions projects, but plan to resurface in the summer with new material to be announced. I'm not sure what will come of all this, but stay tuned for any big updates!
- According to their Facebook page, The Suicide Kings' EP recording sessions at The Smoke & Oak Room were almost done as of Monday night, with just an hour's worth and one bass track left. Awesome to see things going by so quickly, but when might we see the final product? I'll keep you guys posted!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news soon, including another video-centric post and weekend concert previews before the weekend! Thanks everyone!