We'll start today with some more recent media from the new-ish jam/death metal duo named This Is Your Band On Drugs that we saw at the Fuck The Facts show at The Oddfellows Hall this past Sunday! While they don't have an online band page yet, they've actually had a YouTube channel since last July, with a 13 second video posted then featuring singer Nick Burns and guitarist Chase Wigmore playing an acoustic song named "Arthurs Everywhere", though it's very minimal and repetitive, and therefore, hard to comment on. Their other video is brand new though, and it's of their song "Get Fucked In The Sewage", which was actually the name of the second song we filmed at their set on Sunday. This is closer to the sound we heard at the show, and it's clearer but mostly retains the reckless jam spirit of their sound, which mixes death metal and Strange Coyotes-esque styles. If anything, Nick's vocals are more prominent and higher pitched, but check out the full song below, and stay tuned for more on This Is Your Band On Drugs!
Next up, Haggith drummer/Din frontman Mike Haggith has posted two more songs from his upcoming 48th solo album "A Place Of Our Own" onto his YouTube channel in the past week! One is the album's title track, while embedded below is the longer "Long Talk", and while we won't comment on the songs yet due to our likely full review coming in the summer, the themes are similar to his earlier preview tracks, so be sure to check them out if you're a follower of Mike's prolific solo career! Check out "Long Talk" below and more at the above links, and don't miss Mike in a rare solo set at the Sewer Swampstravaganza on Saturday!
Finally for today, here's six assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or venue name:
- The other day, defunct regional death metal band For All That Is Lost posted a guitar track by Brook Moreau of their song "Blood Law" onto their Reverbnation page, following another similar posthumous posting of "Black Ritual" in December. This doesn't appear to indicate a band reunion (especially as drummer Kameron Nicholson recently moved out of town), but it's a solid isolated track that shows Brook's talent, so give it a look above!
- According to a personal Facebook post by Northwest guitarist Greg Callaghan, he and Bankshot alum Lucas Schmiedendorf (a.k.a. Sal Velinus) joined local hard rock band Late Shift at their LopLops Lounge concert on Saturday, though it's not entirely clear whether they were in a specific band or just performed solo alongside. Hopefully things went well!
- After a year of mostly sporadic activity, Blood Shed Productions cybergrind solo project Malignant Neoplasm are planning to return with new material in the near future! They are definitely one of the more unique and experimental bands on the label, so hopefully things work out as they get back to work, and keep an eye out for updates! My source is their Facebook page in recent days.
- In news from the former Roosevelt Hotel on Korah Road, we now know that it's new name is Reggie's West, as per new signage outside of the bar. The vertical "Hotel" sign was also removed in recent renovations, though I'm not sure what work has been done to the interior. No word yet on if it's re-opened for business yet, but hopefully Reggie and crew find success with Reggie's West where the downtown location has in it's return to a full country theme!
- Also in terms of non-public word from Saturday, recently dormant hard rock band The Side FX (featuring Papa Fogals Chair alumni Derek Turner & Mike Bird) reunited to play Mike's stag & doe at The Moose Lodge that night! No word on who their new guitarist was yet, but aside from their brief advertisement for last month's Medi-Fest, they've made no public updates since last summer. Hopefully we hear more soon, but I have added them back to our active band links, so stay tuned! My source is frontman Rob Speers' personal Facebook page.
- In advance of their return to the stage on Saturday at the Sewer Swampstravaganza, "the original crash band" Sykotyk Rampage have quietly posted a new original song onto their Reverbnation page! Entitled "Came In Like A Storm", I assume it will be on one of their 2014 "albums" to be posted. A bluesy hard rocker with drummer Paul Becker on vocals, fans should take to this track, so give it a listen above, and maybe we'll hear it live this weekend!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news tomorrow, along with weekend concert previews as well! Thanks everyone!