For this Saturday morning post, we're clearing out some of our recent assorted news items, so what's on tap? We have a pair of new solo performance uploads, the latest news from a local label, and to kick things off, here's some recent status notes concerning a band you may have seen on stage briefly earlier this month, so here's what you need to know! (Updated at 1:17 AM)
To start, here's the latest updates from newer local punk/metal quartet Chronic Demonic, but they are somewhat negative. As revealed on their Facebook page by guitarist Kevin "St. Mayhem" Powe on Thursday, the band has parted ways with singer Ririe Lavoie (a.k.a. Sabrina Strange), and though a reason wasn't publicized, she is apparently working on a new project with local bassist James Watterworth and Asylum Country/Jack Spades drummer T.J. Case, which Kevin seemed to eagerly hype in the posting, so we'll have to see what comes of that for sure! Chronic Demonic is interested in signing on a new lead singer (message the band at the above links if you're interested), but Kevin did note that the band is in a "state of limbo" due to work schedules and personal issues. Namely, he cited bassist Ryan Gratton's work commitments as one of the roadblocks, and he may put the band on hold for a few months until Ryan's schedule is clear (or perhaps end the project entirely), but nothing's confirmed at present.
As you may remember, Chronic Demonic (also featuring Kevin's Frightlight bandmate Rick "Styles" White on drums) launched earlier this year, but only played live once at The Rosie on August 1st, covering The Misfits' "London Dungeon" during the "Kid Who Made The Face" fundraiser. This is disappointing news, especially with the promise they had from early postings, but hopefully Ririe's new project takes off, and I hope Chronic Demonic stays together & toughs it out, as it'd seem anticlimactic to throw in the towel after playing just one song live. The talent's there, and I hope we'll have hear happier news soon!
Blood Shed Productions! While no YouTube postings have popped up lately, the Ringsnaps Gibson-led label is slowly getting busier and more prominent, and they've now added some new artists to their roster, including local alternative/acoustic solo artist Chase James Wigmore and local rapper Gnostic (a.k.a. Chris Downey.) More demo CD releases are planned from them and other projects, including the yet-revealed Spitneck, though I'll note that their current listing of artists doesn't include Tyler St. Amour's Social Suicide project for some reason or another. Recent postings have also indicated that Ringsnaps' grind trio Tomgrindy are currently on hiatus, and while a definite reason hasn't been stated, the band hadn't heard from co-vocalist Jacob Tombari (who the band was likely named after) as of August 16th, and they weren't sure where to go from there at the time.
Hopefully nothing bad has happened with Jacob, but Tomgrindy gave a fuller sound to some of Ringsnaps' earlier solo output, so hopefully this isn't the last we've seen of them! For now though, we won't list them as inactive, as the label's still selling copies of their demo, and I'd need to see 2/3rds of their lineup in new primary projects. Sounds like things are staying busy for the other acts (I'm curious to hear more of Chase's originals too), so stay tuned for updates on Blood Shed's grind & heavier work as it comes in!
Also today, here's the latest solo performance clips from Ashes to Dust guitarist Alex Hemy! With the school year approaching again, band
news may return in the fall, but in the interim, he's uploaded two videos to
his YouTube channel this week, and (keeping with recent trends for his uploads) they are vocal & guitar covers of Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers' "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and, as embedded below, The Refreshments' "Banditos"!. The Tom Petty cover is minimalistic in tone, but his
vocals fit the original song, while he also does good on the Refreshments cover (but as a past Ashes to Dust cover, I figure he'd know it well!) I will say that "Banditos" sounds empty without other musicians, and it'd be nice to see him tackle heavier material again, but overall, he's doing solid work, so give Alex's Refreshments cover video a look
below, and see more at the above links!
Finally, here's the latest original song upload from Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison! Entitled "Into the Light of Darkness", this was just posted on his YouTube channel yesterday, and it's an instrumental that he wrote back in guitar class in high school. Despite the name, it's fairly upbeat and pleasant in tone, though I did notice Tym lament on his personal Facebook page that the bass doesn't come through on this upload. I think he's right, I don't hear it that much, but it's well written all the same! Note that the song isn't 6 minutes long, there's about 90 seconds of dead air at the end for some reason. Check out "Into the Light of Darkness" below!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news as we barrel into September! Thanks everyone!