Sunday, March 30, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Random Killing), New Videos, And More Updates!!

Even though March is leaving like a lion rather than a lamb, the news keeps on coming around these parts, so for today, we have a big LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for this fall, new videos from each side of the border, and some more recent news items, so read on below for what you need to know!

A very influential punk band is returning to the Soo on Sunday, September 13th at The Rockstar Bar, and a trifecta of heavier local bands will be opening for them! The headliners in question are Toronto punk legends Random Killing (featuring Sault native Andrew "Drool" Kiteley on vocals) in what I believe will be their first local stop since the late 1990s, and if you know how intense their local stops were, and how much they affected many local musicians back then, you'll know that this is a big deal! Taking place during Random Killing's upcoming 30th anniversary tour, the scheduled local openers are local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades, hardcore punk veterans Destroilet (in their first announced show of the new year), and new local funk/hard rock quartet The Elements, all of which will be making (barring interim announcements) their Rockstar Bar debuts that night, if memory serves me correctly! Promoted by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce, this show (which is being called "Hardcore Homecoming") will have $15 advance tickets, a $20 door charge, a 19+ age limit, and a 9:00 PM start time.

For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! The 1990s local heyday for Random Killing was before my time, but the optimism is clear from fans and performers, and hopefully we welcome Andrew and the band back with open arms in September! Tickets go on sale for the concert tomorrow, and only 150 are being printed, so get yours A.S.A.P., as this is sure to be a big show come September! Stay tuned for updates as they roll in!

Next up, here's a new Sault Michigan-area videos that I recently came across, this time from last year's third annual LemmaFest outside of Dondee Lanes! Courtesy of attendee Wayne Kozeyah's YouTube channel, this is from local hard rock trio Scofflaw's set from last June, and though we had shown Wayne's clip of their original "Burn One" on here last June, this one came over a month later on July 31st, so it slipped past our radar. This video is of Scofflaw playing their original "Knock You Down A Peg", complete with creative transitions and zooms once again, and it's of great quality even beyond that! Nice bluesy bite with lots of aggression too that fans will want to check out, so hopefully Scofflaw will pop up again at this year's LemmaFest, and check out this video below! (Just in case anyone asks, I know of the rough edit of Wayne's LemmaFest documentary that's online, but given that it's an unlisted rough edit of a school thesis project, I'll refrain from showing it on here until the end of the semester and/or the final public release.)

Also in new videos, Ashes To Dust guitarist Alex Hemy's newest solo cover video is now online via his YouTube channel, and it's a cover of John Mayer's "Daughters"! Like his other recent videos, this is a softer rock cover with vocals, but like usual, it's performed well with great camera work! Also, this is an acoustic piece with no bass or drum input, so if you have a preference, keep that in mind! Check out his new video below, and don't miss the long awaited return of Ashes To Dust at the fourth Sewer Swampstravaganza!

Finally for today, here's three recent assorted shorter news items to clear out of our cache, and like usual, these are in alphabetical order by band or website name:

  • The aforementioned Jack Spades announced the track listing for their upcoming debut EP on their Facebook page yesterday! In order, the songs are "They Live", "Ride", "Breakneck Speed", their cover of The Ripcordz' "X", and "To The Left", with songs like "Motorwolf" and "Frederick" not included. Sounds good all the same, stay tuned for updates on the planned release next month!
  • Longtime Sault Star reporter Michael Purvis (who authored some metal-relevant articles for the paper) joined SooToday and Village Media's news team earlier this month, which is a huge gain for them, as Michael's experience at journalism will only add to their future coverage! Read more on Michael's SooToday hiring at this link, and best of luck at SooToday!
  • The long awaited Earache Records re-releases of Woods of Ypres' black metal-era albums have officially begun, as the reissue of 2008's "Woods III: The Deepest Roots & Darkest Blues" came out on Monday through Earache's online store! Copies are available on CD and vinyl (with limited coloured discs too) along with shirts, hoodies, and patches, so if you don't own "Woods III" yet, click here to get your brand new copies!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes soon, plus this month's CD review tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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