We're pleased to finally add local classic hard rock cover band Havadder to our full coverage at The Sault Metal Scene! I know this seems very overdue given their relative longevity in the area, but we held for so long due to prior concert indications not having a lot of heavier covers, though a recent show that we'll touch on in a bit locked them in! Active off and on since at least April 2009 (and most recently reuniting last fall), Havadder's only constant member has been singer/guitarist Jason "Jugga" Roy, with their current lineup being rounded out by guitarist Jamie July, former Inside Spiral bassist Lucas Bugyra (who was Havadder's drummer early on), and Asylum Country drummer T.J. Case. Among other past members that I may be missing, Havadder's early lineups included the likes of guitarist Jason "Nez" Nisbet, bassists Daniel Horton (Haggith), and Lori Reinholtz (Mid Life Crysis), and drummer Dean Candido, while their 2011-2012 lineup featured the two Jasons alongside guitarist Robert Brown, bassist Travis Sharpe, and drummer Scott McLurg, during a stretch when all but Jason Nisbet were also members of Turner Up.
the Rock N' Roar Battles of the Bands in Spanish (placing in 2012), though you're most likely to catch the band at The Rednecks Saloon (formerly The Nicolet Tavern), where the vast majority of their recent gigs have taken place. The band's newest concert videos come from that venue last weekend, where they played with two guest musicians (former bassist Travis Sharpe and Flat Stanley's Glen Thomas on drums) due to Lucas & T.J. being out of town. Glen shot a pile of drum cam videos from the shows and uploaded them to his YouTube channel this past week, including renditions of Sublime's "Santeria", Blake Shelton's "Boys Right Here", The Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (To Party)", Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You", Beck's "Loser", Alice In Chains' "Man In The Box", and Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike", plus this 10 minute clip video!
Featuring 9 compiled clips of songs from the show, the covers (in order) include The Foo Fighters' "My Hero", Poison's "Every Rose Has It's Thorn", Alice In Chains' "No Excuses", The Tragically Hip's "Blow at High Dough", Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me", Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Last Dance of Mary Jane", an instrumental clip that I can't place the name of, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's "Blue On Black", and Green Day's "Brain Stew", so click each link to go to a specific song! Solidly performed, and Glen improvises well on songs he doesn't have a firm grasp of, so fans should give these a look, as Jason and crew have a solid sound that's fun to party along with, and they cover a wide and often heavy array of tunes! Give Havadder a look above and below, and stay tuned for more!
Next up, does anyone out there remember the defunct (and interestingly named) local metal band Frapperteterhead? Well, their self titled demo cassette was recently uploaded in full on YouTube! Posted by AlgomA bassist Kevin Campbell on his YouTube channel last week, it's a 25 song mixture of original songs and abbreviated covers of everyone from AC/DC & White Zombie to The Ramones and The Misfits, as originally recorded and released at some point in the mid-1990s. The band's lineup for most of the cassette includes singer Jason Anderson (who sadly passed away in 2003), relocated local guitarist Paul Melanson (now of the Alberta-based Metallica tribute Damage Inc.), a bassist nicknamed "Swartz", and a drummer named "Mr. Phibinger" (one of which is Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce's older brother Tom.) On the last 8 songs, Jason's the listed guitarist instead, with Frightlight guitarist Kevin Powe's younger brother Rick singing lead on them. How does Frapperteterhead's cassette hold up almost 20 years later? Not too bad, they have a solid aggression, and both Jay and Rick had strong vocals with punk tinges, but the covers can be rough around the edges. Thanks to Kevin for the upload, and check out Frapperteterhead below!
Finally, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band or event name:
- Is Beaumont Avenue drummer Ben Boudreau leaving the band shortly? A Musicians Wanted Facebook group post by bassist Mitch Sirie on Thursday indicates that he's planning to move from the area for school, though the post is targeted towards replacing him in the former Suicide Kings' ongoing Urawk live karaoke series at The Rednecks Saloon, not the actual band. Time will tell what this means for Beaumont Avenue, but we'll have to see what happens, so message above if you're interested in at least joining Urawk, and best of luck today in Spanish!
- Though only quietly announced on it's Facebook event page and not visibly elsewhere, the second annual "Grinded Live In Your Ears" public house party show on Monday was cancelled due to weather and fatigue from that weekend's Das Bunkerfest in Garden River. The show will be rescheduled for "late this summer", so keep an eye out if you were hoping to attend and rock out with Blood Shed Productions artists!
- The aforementioned Mitch Sirie has confirmed that PaperClip Productions hard rock bands Haggith & The Revolution (formerly the second Brutaly Fatal) will be the openers for the Endast concert (also at The Rednecks Saloon) on August 27th! This will be both bands' debut at the old Nic, Haggith's 3rd show since reuniting, and The Revolution's first show since opening for Anciients in June. Nice diverse lineup, so don't miss this concert near the end of the month! Our source is the concert's Facebook event page.
That's all for now, but stay tuned for another punk band feature and much more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!