Before we preview Toystock in tomorrow's post, we have a new news post on this Black Friday, including some new solo videos, new clips of a Sault Ontario duo, major updates for a concert going down next week, and first, a HUGE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next month, so here's what you need to know!
Local metal standouts Garden of Bedlam & hardcore punk quintet Destroilet will join forces for a very intriguing headlining gig on Friday, December 27th at The Algonquin Pub! For Garden of Bedlam, this will mark their first local concert appearance since opening for Airbourne at The Canadian in August, so after missing them completely in the fall, it will be nice to see them tear up the stage over the holidays in their Algonquin Pub debut! Yes, they played at The Rockstar Bar upstairs in the spring, but they've never played downstairs that I'm aware of. For Destroilet, this will be a rare appearance at a show without an out of town headlining band, but their intense old school hardcore attack should be welcomed next month, so don't miss this hard hitting package of bands! A $5 cover charge is in effect, as is a door opening time of 9:00 PM, and you must be 19 to attend. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Garden of Bedlam have been missed in recent months, and it'll be awesome to have the guys back to rock the Soo again on the 27th, so stay tuned for updates as they roll in!
Next up, here's some updates on next Saturday's Haggith farewell concert (also at The Algonquin Pub), mainly to note that the lineup for the show has doubled from 3 to 6 bands! As announced on the Facebook event page last night, Haggith, Sykotyk Rampage, and The Danger Cats will be joined by 3 more bands, including members Curtis McKenzie & Daniel Horton's new band Punch, and drummer Mike Haggith's new band The Strange Coyotes! This will be Punch's 3rd local concert appearance, while it will also be The Strange Coyotes' technical live debut (though they consider their Project Legion set last month at The Oddfellows Hall to have been their inception.) It's nice to see the bands that are essentially replacing Haggith at this show in what you could consider a torch passing, so don't miss them! The third added band is named Project 421, and I'm told they're a new local metal band, but I know nothing else, and it looks like there's some Keep It Lit-esque secrecy at present in terms of their lineup. Could they have a Haggith member in their ranks too? No idea, but if I hear anything shareable before the show, I'll have it here! Check the above links for more details, and don't miss this huge concert on December 7th!
Bad Back! Uploaded to singer/guitarist Jamie Vincent's YouTube channel the other day (making these his first local music uploads there), they include a recent jam session version of their song "Lung Bucket" and a video from their set opening for Biipiigwan at The Moose Lodge on Sunday where they played their song "Two Tongues"! The "Lung Bucket" video is solid and has very nice recording quality, but Jamie's facing drummer Nathan Sauve rather than the camera, so the angle could be better in that respect. The "Two Tongues" video was also filmed on a stationary camera, but the audio sounds tinnier and the lighting is too minimal to make out a lot. Everything sounds solid though, and it's nice to get more good quality videos of Bad Back in action! As we already filmed "Lung Bucket" at the Biipiigwan show, here's the "Two Tongues" video, but see more at the above links!
Finally, here's the newest uploads from Ashes To Dust guitarist Alex Hemy, courtesy of his YouTube channel in the last few days! One is actually an audio-only original song named "Walking Away" that definitely strays far from his Ashes To Dust work, though I have no word on if this is the first of a planned full solo endeavour or not. It's a soft rock number that's well performed, so check it out above! In terms of his usual cover videos, his newest is a cover of Lifehouse's "Hanging By A Moment" that makes good use of camera angles and his talents, with good vocal control on the choruses, even if it's not the hardest song going! Check out Alex's new Lifehouse cover below, and more at the above links!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Toystock preview and more TOMORROW! Thanks everyone!