Local hard rock quartet The Suicide Kings will play their first live dates of 2014 when they headline at The Roosevelt Hotel next weekend on Friday, January 24th & Saturday, January 25th! These will be the Rockstar Bar Battle winners' first shows since playing at Heavy Winter at The Rosie on Boxing Day, and their first solo appearances there in 8 months, so if you haven't caught their entertaining hard rock originals and covers lately, you know where to be next weekend! Dates for The Suicide Kings haven't been as plentiful since the summer, but hopefully next weekend's shows are just the first of many for Mike, Steven, Mitch, and Ben in 2014! There's no announced cover charge for either night, you must be 19 to attend, and 10:00 PM start times are likely. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and stay tuned for more updates from The Suicide Kings' camp as they come in!
Late & Loud are indeed reuniting! The Sault Humane Society Battle winners will return for a ONE NIGHT ONLY concert on Friday, February 21st at The Rockstar Bar, where we last saw them 9 months ago at the aforementioned Rockstar Bar Battle, and this news is bound to get Loudmouths excited! Late & Loud were always a blast in concert thanks to their high energy originals and old school attitude, so don't bypass their reunion gig next month! Remember though, this is a one-off reunion, as singer/guitarist Jon Tiberi still lives & works out of town, but it will be nice to see them back on a local stage! Local all-female hard rock quintet The Danger Cats will open in their first show at The Algonquin's upstairs bar (and as of right now, their 2014 debut), and they should fit in nicely with the Late & Loud reunion next month! At least one more band is to be announced, and we'll keep you posted as we hear more.
Promoted by J.D. Pearce, this show has a 10:00 PM start time, $5 cover, and 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be a great concert, especially to give fans at least one more chance to see Late & Loud live, and hopefully they come fully prepared to rock The Rockstar Bar next month, so don't miss it, and keep an eye out for updates!
Finally for new concert announcements, an intriguing package of metal bands will hit 180 Projects on Gore Street for that venue's first metal show of the new year on Sunday, March 16th, courtesy of Jamie Vincent and Oh! Right Arm! Promotions. The headlining band is Hamilton groove/djent metal quartet Skynet (featuring Straight Reads The Line alumni Adrian Levasseur & Blake Prince), so there's some familiarity if you saw that band locally! You may also remember Skynet from briefly being advertised to headline the Locals Attack show at The Canadian in November 2012, and it's about time we finally get their brutal hardcore metal sound in the Soo! Joining them in March are Saskatchewan stoner/doom metal quartet Chronobot, who have a unique spacey sound that should set them apart for this concert, so check them out and see what you think! Local doom metal trio AlgomA will open in their first show of the new year (and first public announced date since August), and it will be great to see them live again after a way too scattered recent schedule, so be prepared for their sludgy attack!
At least one more band is to be announced, and we'll let you guys know when we hear more. Admission is $5 for this ALL AGES concert, and given that, there's an earlier start time of 7:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Despite being a Sunday nighter, there's a very interesting (and heavy) blend of metal genres in effect for this concert, so definitely consider swinging by 180 Projects on March 16th to check everything out, and stay tuned for updates!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news stories from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band or event name:
- A new melodic death metal instrumental with the interesting name "100% of the Pie Chart That Is a Wheel of Options" was posted onto local metal solo project The Hiroshima Mutant Mindframe's Soundcloud page last week, and it lives up to Matt Parr's earlier technical metal promise (really catchy too), so check it out above!
- The call is out from the Bon Soo Winter Carnival to get performers for their second annual Marquee, their outdoor showcase of local artists from all fields at their winter playground area from February 8th-16th. Though last year's event had no full "heavier" bands, defunct local rockers Lazer Queen (featuring Late & Loud members) did play at The Marquee, so maybe your band will fit! For more information, visit this link, and submit an entry to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to play at The Marquee next month!
- Returning local thrash quartet Pillory have been named the final local openers for Anvil & Caym at The Canadian Nightclub on March 15th, joining Jack Spades & Project 421, and returning Pillory to the site of their debut show in November 2012. Awesome news, and very unexpected, so hopefully they thrash hard in March, and don't miss their first return gig next Friday at The Oddfellows Hall! Click here for more details!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews either today or tomorrow! Thanks everyone!