In a relatively light weekend for local metal/hard rock concerts, there is one show of note going down TOMORROW NIGHT, as two heavier-leaning local acts will open for two Western Canada punk bands at The Oddfellows Hall, those being Regina punk quartet The Royal Red Brigade & Edmonton surf punk trio The Rhubarbs! You may recognize The Royal Red Brigade as one of the opening acts at last summer's Weak Ends show, and their classic rock-inspired sound should be fun to have back in town, while The Rhubarbs' energetic and more modern punk stylings should attract a good response too, so don't miss out! As for the local openers, one is local grindcore/death metal trio Shit Liver (replacing new local punk band Crawfather) for their first show in 3 months, and though their sound is a sharp contrast from the rest of the lineup, they'll give a solid metal injection into the proceedings, especially as they haven't played live much lately, so don't miss them! The other opening band is local grunge/lo-fi solo project Telephone & Address in their second gig of the year, and hopefully Chris' acoustic outsider take on alternative hard rock finds a bigger audience tomorrow!
Promoted by AlgomA drummer Jamie Vincent's all ages promotion company, this show will start at 8:00 PM tomorrow with a $5 cover charge and again, it's ALL AGES! For more information, visit the official Facebook event page! Though this concert is admittedly more of a punk-leaning gig, there's some very solid music to go around, including local bands with heavy stuff, so don't miss out on a good old fashioned all ages punk/metal show at The Oddfellows Hall tomorrow night! For a preview, here's Shit Liver playing "(Friendly Old) Uncle Joe" there in 2011!
Next up, The Sewer Swampstravaganza will return to The Oddfellows Hall on Wednesday, August 21st for a third installment! As you may remember, this is the annual all ages concert event promoted & headlined by local classical/punk standouts RedD Monkey, which saw 11 & 10 bands respectively rock The Oddfellows Hall in April 2011 & July 2012, and it'll be great to have another go-around of this all-day onslaught of local talent! Official lineup details are not yet known, but it's a safe assumption that RedD Monkey will again headline the event, in what will be their first announced local date since December, so it'll be fun to hear their new material and their fast & creative older hits! In case you're curious about possible performers, members of The Bear Hunters & Winkstinger (the only other bands who played at both of the past installments) have already expressed interest in playing again in August, while each year saw a radically different lineup. The 2011 show had all metal/hard rock acts (except RedD Monkey & The Tenagens), but last year's event was only half heavy, with punk, folk, rap, blues, and indie rock also well represented. As soon as more concrete lineup info comes out, we'll have it here!
Doors will open at 2:00 PM on August 21st for this concert, which has a $5 entry fee and NO age limits. For more details (and to inquire on if your band can get on the lineup), visit the official Facebook event page! This should be an awesome event, so don't miss it come August, and stay tuned as usual for more on the show and the scheduled performers, including confirmed metal bands!
Thirdly today, here's the latest from the long awaited Woods of Ypres/David Gold tribute CD! Now titled just "Heart of Gold: A Tribute to Woods of Ypres" (no "A" at the start), the announced cover artwork has been edited to render the main title in the Woods of Ypres logo font, as you can see on the right. It looks a little funny to me, but it does distinguish it from official Woods albums, so it works out! It's hoped that CDs will be available to be mailed by June 1st, with digital download links possible any day now, as per postings on the album's Facebook group, but if you want to pre-order anything before public sales begin, send $10 for the mp3 copy (or $20 for it and the physical album) to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Paypal gift with e-mail and/or physical addresses in the notes section. I can't wait for this album to be finished and released, but while we wait, a few more covers from the album were posted on YouTube by their respective performers, including covers of "Allure of the Earth", "Crossing The 45th Parallel", "A Meeting Place & Time", and "Adora Vivos", so check them out above, and stay tuned for tribute album updates!
Also, here's three assorted news and notes from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- Valentine's Day Massacre drummer Kyle Umgeher is apparently looking to join a new band, as per a post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group the other night. He's very talented, so give him a shout at this location or at the above links if you're interested in jamming with Kyle! (Also, no word on if this means anything negative for The Valentine's Day Massacre's status.)
- Toast guitarist Mike Libertoski was recently interviewed by Mayur Agarwal of the website Metal Wani about his Galactic Alignment solo project, so click here to read the whole interview! In it, Mike talks about his technical death metal work's originality, influences, songwriting, gear, and future, though the only allusions to his local band work relate to the possibility of expanding Galactic Alignment to a full band. Very nice article all the same, so give it a look above!
- Former Blind Baby frontman Tadd Gravelle is looking for a good guitar player in the Eastern U.P. to work on new original material with, though no word on if he has a full new band in the works yet or not. If you're interested, give Tadd a shout on Facebook at this location, and give Blind Baby's originals a look at the above link! My source is personal Facebook conversations.
Finally for today, here's some more recent updates to our Defunct Local Band Profiles to make them more accurate & up-to-date! Firstly, I updated our Creatures of the Night profile to note alumni Keith Gagnon & Ryan Gray's more prominent band Free Beer's name change (more or less) to Sarah's Valley upon their 2013 return, while I made a similar change to our Losing Ground & Weed profiles. On the former, I replaced Stealing Kisses with members Kevin D'Orazio & Nick Kainula's current band With Blood Build Character, while on the latter, I added references to members Bob Helsten & Tony Rogers' current band Toast. On our No Arrow profile, I added former bassist Dean Scheepmaker to their lineup, as I confirmed a few weeks back that he was a band member for more than just replacement sets. I also made similar Toast-promoting edits to our profile on Shift, while I lastly added a reference to Absolute frontman Donny Newell's current band Full Throttle on their profile. Stay tuned on Friday as we profile Faithless Sin & Cherubic Red, the newest bands inducted into this monthly series!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles tomorrow, and for more news (including Rotaryfest Second Stage updates) hopefully by the weekend! Thanks everyone!