Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tym Morrison Concert Previews, Jack Spades EP Release Show Updates, And More!!

Despite a slow weekend for verifiable hard rock/metal concerts coming up, we're dividing them into two posts due to the immense scope of Saturday night's fourth annual Sewer Swampstravaganza at The Oddfellows Hall, so look for our extended preview of that (possibly in it's own single post) tomorrow! Today, we have previews of the other known heavier shows this weekend, but we also have updates on an upcoming CD release show, info on another recent album release, and a new recent concert video, so here's what you need to know!

Week #23 of Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's current weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill will go down TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Though yet to be advertised on Facebook, Tym's website confirms that he'll be back at the former Madison's Pub on Pine Street for solo acoustic shows this weekend, with tomorrow's show being his usual gig/hosted jam night, while he doubles up for the fourth time with a pure solo concert on Saturday, so pick your fancy (or both) for Tym's entertaining unplugged hard rock covers and more this weekend! There's no announced cover charge for either night, you must be 19 to attend, and each event should start at around 10:00 PM. Check the above links for more details, and don't miss Tym's experienced veteran sound and talents this weekend! For a preview, here's Tym live at The Harp in December!

Next up, here's the latest on the Jack Spades' EP release show at The Rockstar Bar on Friday, May 16th, including the news that local classic metal band Project 421 have been confirmed as the third and final band on the lineup! This will be their first ever show at The Algonquin Hotel's upstairs bar, and they should be a solid fit for this event, but there will be one difference, as frontman Curtis McKenzie will not be present for the set due to out of town work commitments, as revealed on their Facebook page on Tuesday. Though they played their first show with guitarist Blair Burch on lead vocals, the band is hoping to secure a temporary singer to do this gig in just over a week, so if you're interested, message bassist Daniel Horton on Facebook A.S.A.P.! The Facebook event page has also been updated to reflect the lineup and the solid new event poster by Destroilet drummer Matt Waples, while the show is getting some advance press via this SooToday article with some band member quotes and some extra confirmations about Jack Spades' EP "The First", so what's new to add there?

The booklet that comes with physical copies of "The First" will feature photos from Jack Spades' set opening for Anvil at The Canadian in March, while logos and art in the booklet are done by frontman J.D. Pearce's Frightlight bandmate Kevin Powe. Be sure to get your copies on May 16th, which are $5 plus your $5 door charge for the release show, and stay tuned for more details, including the identity of Project 421's fill-in vocalist!

Also in the world of local metal CD releases, I obtained a copy of local/St. Catharine's grimecore trio Shit Liver's self-titled debut CD at the Fuck The Facts show this past Saturday, so I thought I'd fill you guys in on it's contents! Sold for $10, the CD's booklet features the lyrics to all 16 songs on the disc (which also came with digital copies), while the back cover of it features a wide-ranging thank you to fans and friends, website links, and the confirmation that the album was recorded and mixed by "Jesse Cooke" (misspelling of Jesse Cook from Jack Spades?) and mastered by Steve Rickard (alias for John Conway, who was credited as mastering the album in Facebook photos?) The cover artwork (which was designed by bassist Mike Kyle) is also included with physical copies in a minature poster, with the layout of the booklet by Suck It Stickers, and the album is dedicated to the memory of late Bear Hunters/Pillory guitarist Andres Duchesne. It's great to finally have this CD out after a few years of work, so pick it up at this link!

Finally for today, local alternative/hard rock trio The Pixo Control shared a new video of their set at The Essar Center on Sunday as part of last weekend's Passport To Unity festivities! Courtesy of what I believe was an indoor rescheduling of their Downtown Diversity set (which even had Crank Sound Distribution doing sound), this was filmed by attendee Taylor Leadbeater and both posted & shared on the band's Facebook page that day. It's of The Pixo Control playing their teased new song "60 Extra Chances Called Minutes", and while the video is regrettably filmed in the vertical cell phone camera angle, the band sounds good, and it has an early-1990s grunge vibe like many of their other songs! I like the choruses especially,  though Taylor's camera angle is a bit far, and the lack of fans in the stands reminds me of events like the New Year's community event at the arena that Intrepid played (but the flags behind the stage are a nice touch!)

In terms of the band's next moves, their Facebook share of this video confirmed that they're going to slow down shows for a bit as "there's something real great coming up right around the corner", but the video will keep us on our toes, and they closed with "see you babes soon", but didn't elaborate. Perhaps are they recording some originals? Too early to say yet, but check out the full video below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned tomorrow for our extended preview of Saturday night's fourth annual Sewer Swampstravaganza! Thanks everyone!

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