Wednesday, May 22, 2013

YouTube Channel Profile Series: Official Frightlight Dead Zone

In our second post of the day, we have this month's YouTube Channel Profile! As usual, this monthly feature series looks at 1-3 randomly selected YouTube channels with at least half of their videos focused on local metal bands/concerts, and for the first time since September, we're focusing on just one Sault Ontario channel by itself! This would have tied in nicely with the featured band's planned return to the stage next week, but even with that show cancelled, this channel deserves a look back at it's featured videos, so read on below for this month's YouTube channel profile, and check our post from earlier today featuring major new concerts, a new CD release, and more below this post! (Edited on October 16th, 2013)
Official Frightlight Dead Zone (

Owner: A member of Sault Ontario horror punk/metal quintet Frightlight (identity unclear)

Channel Timeline: Launched on April 12th, 2011; Videos posted between May 4th & 28th of that year

Channel Summary: This is/was the official YouTube channel for popular local punk/metal band Frightlight, created about a year and a half after their local debut. The channel features 12 mostly complete videos (including original songs & covers) from two separate Frightlight concerts that took place in 2010 & 2011, though all have assorted film grain filters in both black & white and sepia tones, which tend to fit the band's live aesthetic and musical themes. All were filmed by an uncredited attendee at each concert.

Why Should You Watch: This is a must-watch channel for fans of Frightlight, as these are all nice quality videos of two early Frightlight concerts, and they also give a glimpse into both early band lineups and some songs that aren't as prominent in more recent setlists! Fans of frontman Johnny Pints' other band work will find stuff to enjoy too, as his other bands do have similar styles and cover choices. However, this channel has not been actively used in almost two years, so more recent Frightlight lineups and concerts after early 2011 are not reflected on this channel, in case that changes your mind on subscribing.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

Frightlight - deadtown (live @ coch's corner): This channel's first video was of Frightlight playing their song "Dead Town Anywhere" at the original Coch's Corner on July 10th, 2010 during their live EP recording concert, which led to the release of their debut CD "It's A... Live!" that fall! Featuring an early quartet lineup (with Johnny Pints on vocals, Rick Styles on guitar, Eddie Fright on bass, and Shrek Ogre on drums), this is one of three videos from this show on this channel, joining (sadly incomplete) clips of their original "Fright Night" and a cover of The Ramones' "Commando" (which hasn't been present at more recent shows.) Though well performed, Johnny's vocals aren't as energetic as on other versions of this song, and it is clipped a bit at the beginning, but it's a solid early glimpse at Frightlight's live concert experience!

Frightlight - helena (misfits cover live).MP4: The other 9 videos on this channel come from Frightlight's set at the first annual Sewer Swampstravaganza all ages show at The Oddfellows Hall on April 9th, 2011, where they were one of 11 bands rocking out at this RedD Monkey-promoted local music marathon! Featuring their early-mid 2011 lineup (now with The Count on drums, and with then-new second guitarist St. Mayhem), 4 covers from this show are on this channel, including their version of their predecessors' Fitswitch's "Rust Angel", and covers of The Misfits' "Halloween", "We Are 138", and (as embedded below) "Helena"! The quality's again good for this live favourite, and the crowd definitely seems into this song, which is as well performed and fun as you'd expect!

Frightlight - world war Z (live).MP4: The five filmed originals from Frightlight's 2011 Sewer Swampstravaganza set include their songs "Fright Night", "She Screams", "They All Float", "C.H.U.D.", and in the channel's most popular video, "World War Z"! Their last song during this show (and on the channel), I believe this was one of the first times that this song was played live, and it's one of Frightlight's heaviest and fastest songs, so it'll definitely appeal most to fans of their more aggressive work! However, note that this is a bit sloppy compared to some later versions of this song that I've heard.

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, we'll head back to Sault Michigan for another one channel profile, as I've randomly chosen ex-Intrepid guitarist Donnie Hank's YouTube channel for June's installment of this series! His channel has some varied performance clips from both the band and himself solo, so watch out for this profile on or around June 22nd! That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news and notes shortly, including weekend concert previews! Thanks everyone!

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