Saturday, November 15, 2014

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Detroit), New Videos, And Much More!!

Before we get our review of last night's Rock For Dimes rolling, here's a new news post featuring some assorted recent notes, new videos from two Blood Shed Productions-affiliated acts, and leading off, a cool LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for the holidays!

Late 2000s local/Toronto hardcore punk quartet Detroit will headline a one-off reunion concert at The Algonquin Pub on Tuesday, December 23rd! To be their first local concert appearance in almost five years, the band featuring Destroilet co-singer Brenton Ellis, Cola Heads guitarist Curtis Faux, Cross Dog bassist Mark Rand, and Rising Tide drummer Mikey Hawdon will let the hammers fly one more time over the Christmas season, and if you've missed the guys since their 2010 breakup, their fast paced and short-lengthed originals should be welcomed back to the stage next month! Support bands will include the aforementioned Destroilet (who opened for Detroit at their last local show in December 2009) in what will finally be their first live appearance with Brent joining Mike Hull on lead vocals, so look out for their new six-pack lineup then! The bill is rounded out by local grunge/hardcore duo Bad Back and local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades, both of which are solid additions, so don't miss them either!

Promoted by Destroilet guitarist Christian Foisy, admission will be $5 for this 19+ concert, which has an early listed start time of 8:00 PM, but that may prove to be incorrect. For more details, visit the Facebook event page! This is a neat surprise for what should be a stacked Christmas concert schedule in the Sault area, and while I'd have predicted that a Lion Ride reunion show would happen first, Detroit's hardcore punk fury will do the trick over the holidays! On December 23rd, brace for impact!

Next up, here's the latest from the recently reunited Strange Coyotes, as the experimental metal trio have now launched a new Facebook page (their first one was deleted during their breakup) and a new YouTube channel! As of yet, their Facebook page mostly has links to photos, videos, and songs of theirs with no confirmed upcoming shows yet, including a bunch of postings on their YouTube channel featuring songs played at past gigs, as filmed by myself and Heavy North Entertainment owner Tyler St. Amour and originally seen on his Facebook or SMS pages. Most of these have been seen on the SMS already, but two haven't, as Tyler shot The Strange Coyotes for two videos at the oft-moved house party show last week! Originally uploaded as personal videos on Facebook, they're now publically available on YouTube, and they include covers of The Residents' "Hello Skinny" & "Constantinople" and this unique jam clip!

A saxophone jam with bassist James Watterworth channelling his jazz side, it's a good video for audio quality, but it varies visually from a good angle of the band to a lot of expected crowd interactions getting in the way. For the record, this show (which finally settled on being hosted on Pentagon Boulevard) ended up featuring the full Strange Coyotes lineup plus Rotopsy, Crucify The Whore, and in place of Brutaly Fatal, rapper Phat Boii and a surprise reunion by Bring The Fallen's Dan Souliere & Travis St. Amour, which must have been a treat! Unless more videos turn up publically, give The Strange Coyotes' clips a look above and below!

Also today, new local noisegrind duo Das Skalpell Kampf, have another original demo track online to check out, courtesy of label Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel on Thursday! It's similar in length and style to their earlier Bandcamp song "Never The Same", but lacks in production quality, so we have yet to get a full clear sense of their sound. Check it out below though, and stay tuned for more from the former Scalpel Fight!

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

  • I apologize for this being late, but after a lineup adjustment, local funk rock quartet The Elements have been re-added to the Sault Band-O-Rama lineup at The Primavera Hall on Friday, as they'll now open the show at the new start time of 3:00 PM to accommodate bassist James White's work schedule, making the event 13 acts strong! Very nice to see, so don't miss their opening set on Friday!
  • Former Frightlight drummer Jeff De Rose is looking to join a rock, metal, or punk band on rhythm guitar, as per a Musicians Wanted Facebook group posting on Monday. We haven't heard much from him since Fist Fighting Stephen Hawking disbanded, and it'd be nice to see him back in a new band, so message him at this link or above if you're interested!
  • Local hard rockers Skeyes of Seven are featured in a number of new jam session photos by Vancouver photographer Melanie Jones on her Facebook page, which confirm that guitarist Alain Fletcher has moved to bass in place of the departed Mike Mannarino, which would make the band a quartet. This could be temporary, but Al's got a solid bass in the shots, so we'll have to see where this leads! Check out the great photos above!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our Rock For Dimes review next on the site! Thanks everyone!

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