Thursday, August 7, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Gob, Endast, And K'Man & The 45s), And More!!

In our second post of this Thursday, we have THREE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, all revolving around notable out of town bands coming back to our area to rock the Soo to it's core, and whether you love metal or punk, at least one of these shows should appeal to you! We also have some assorted other notes to cap this post (including a band name change), so read on below for what you need to know, with the shows outlined in chronological order! Also, check out this weekend's Sault Ontario concert previews in the post below this one!

Remember how local concert promoter J.D. Pearce has been teasing a concert on Wednesday, August 27th to be headlined by Montreal thrashcore quintet Endast? Well, it's now confirmed, though he's not visibly the show's promoter anymore, with Bear Hunters guitarist Mitch Sirie launching this Facebook event page for it yesterday, so what do we know now? Well, the concert will take place at The Rednecks Saloon, who recently hosted a Bear Hunters-headlined metal show, and have a good relationship with Mitch through his recent work with Beaumont Avenue and Urawk, so the old Nicolet Tavern is a better fit than you may think! Of course, Endast's brutal technical metal originals have been missed since they last played in the Soo (way back in 2010 at the former Foggy Notions), and it will be awesome to see them back on the local stage again after so long during their 10th anniversary tour! There will also be two local opening bands to be announced, and we'll let you know when they're confirmed. Note as well that I think this will be the first local metal show with an out of town headliner that Mitch has put on since the end of his regular promotion run in mid-2012, so it's great to see him back promoting shows like this again!

Also, note that Endast's own Facebook page hypes their show on the 27th as taking place at The Townehouse in Sudbury, but that venue's own website lists a different band that day, so I assume there was a scheduling mixup. Admission is FREE for this 19+ show, and there's an announced 10:30 PM start time. For more details, check the above links! We await the full lineup announcement, but Endast were fan favourites from their last local stops, and hopefully they're in fine heavy form on August 27th at The Rednecks Saloon! Stay tuned for updates!

Next up, remember how we noted on the site the other day that the aforementioned J.D. Pearce was planning to host an after-party at The Rockstar Bar for after the now-postponed Misfits concert on Tuesday, September 18th? Well, the after-party is still on as it's own standalone concert now, and like before, it will be headlined by Montreal ska punk quintet K'Man & The 45s! Last seen at the former Roosevelt Hotel in October, this energetic and fun band are well known for the ska renditions of The Ramones, and for their array of original material too, and you'll definitely want to check out their well-traveled and liked sound at The Rockstar Bar next month! Like in October, their opening band next month will be local all-female hard rock quartet The Danger Cats in their first announced show since opening for Late & Loud at the same venue, and if their entertaining live attack got them this high profile slot last fall when they were brand new, imagine how they'll perform this time around! Also like at last year's show, there will be a $7 door charge and 19+ age limit, while everything will start at around 9:30 PM.

For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Ska punk isn't something we've had a ton of locally in recent months, so if you're up for some reggae infused high energy rock (with Ramones covers!), you won't want to miss this show on September 18th, and if you're still bummed about The Misfits' show, this might help fill in the gap! Keep an eye out for more!

Lastly for the new show announcements, but certainly not least, Juno nominated Langley, B.C. punk quartet Gob will make their long awaited return to Sault Ontario themselves on Wednesday, October 29th when they themselves headline at The Rockstar Bar! Last seen at the former Outback at Sault College way back in January 2009, fans will surely remember Gob for classic songs like "I Hear You Calling", "Give Up The Grudge", and "Soda", and their own high spirited pop punk sound has earned them a very strong following of their own over the past 20 years, so it's well overdue for them to play the Soo again (also, note that frontman Tom Thacker is Sum 41's guitarist, in case you're a fan of theirs too!) Joining Gob on tour and at this show will be Oakville pop punk band Seaway, whose own energetic & melodic sound should add well to the proceedings as well, so check them out to see what you think! The local openers will include local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades (fresh off of opening for The Ripcordz in early October) and local punk trio Redundant (in their first announced gig since last month's Bear Hunters show), so come early for them also!

Promoted again by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce, this show is a 19+ affair, will start at 9:00 PM, and has a ticket cost of $20 ($25 if you want a copy of Gob's new CD "Apt. 13" with admission.) Online tickets go on sale at starting at midnight, and there's only 150 available, so act A.S.A.P. to ensure you have your ticket! No word yet though concerning local in-person ticket availability. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's been over 5 years, but it's great to see Gob coming back to town, and hopefully there's a great turnout for this show, right in the thick of the Halloween season! Stay tuned for updates on this show as well, and get your tickets before they're gone!

Finally for today, here's three shorter assorted news items from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • In advance of their second return home to play at the private Das Bunkerfest event in Garden River on Sunday (which we'll mention on the site tomorrow), local/St. Catharine's grindcore trio Shit Liver will be among the performers at TONIGHT'S Endast concert in North Bay, which will also feature recent local metal performers Buried Out Back. Pretty cool, so give it a look if you're in that area, and hopefully the guys make some new fans!
  • The Sault Michigan alternative hard rock trio formerly known as Plastic have settled on a new name, as they've quietly announced The Spendthrifts as their new moniker. A reason for the change still hasn't been announced, but with a recent bassist change and the common simplicity of the Plastic name, this might have been a good fresh start. Other than the name change, there's been no public band updates in over a month, so we'll let you know when more comes out from The Spendthrifts!
  • The newest episode of Local2's music spotlight video series Tuned with Donna Hopper went up on Monday, and while it mostly focuses on non-metal/punk events like the recent Strumbellas show and the Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury, it does plug the upcoming Random Killing "Hardcore Homecoming" show on September 13th at The Rockstar Bar in the concert calendar segment, while a 5 second clip of Beaumont Avenue's set (their last as The Suicide Kings) at Musicfest XXI can be seen at the end of their segment. Solid episode, give it a look if you want above!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan concert previews and some notes on Das Bunkerfest tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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