Mourning Wood will rock Reggie's West all weekend with shows TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band only just confirmed the concerts this morning via their Facebook event page. Last seen at The Rockstar Bar two weeks ago, these will be Terry, Steven, and T.J.'s first shows at the former Roosevelt Hotel in almost two months, and while we haven't heard from other heavier-leaning bands at this Korah Road venue since Reggie's bought it, the presence of even one non-country centric band is promising! For reference, these are the first Reggie's West shows we've covered in full on here, as Mourning Wood's past gigs there were either before we added them to our coverage, or on even shorter notice than these. There's no announced cover charge either TONIGHT or TOMORROW, 10:00 PM start times are advertised, and you must be 19 to attend. Check the above links for more details, and here's the guys at Toystock in November!
Next up, here's some intriguing news from Treble Charger frontman Greig Nori, who's moving his Toronto recording studio to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, specifically at The Machine Shop at Mill Square! As outlined in a SooToday article by Donna Hopper on Tuesday, Greig has been working on an incubator to help develop independent bands to be shipped to major labels, and leading from that, has decided to move his studios home and establish a commercial relationship with Algoma University's music department. Interview excerpts with Greig are included, where he doesn't mask his enthusiasm for the Mill Square development at the former St. Mary's Paper site, even saying that "the Sault, believe it or not, is going to become the template for other cities to learn from", and that something is being created that doesn't exist elsewhere.
The new Machine Shop Studio is projected to be fully operational by September for the fall semester at Algoma University, but Greig hopes that it'll be ready for local artists to use in the spring. I applaud him for bringing his studio home to the Soo, and while there's no guarantees on what genres of bands that we might see there, I know there are many local musicians that are optimistic! The Mill Square development has been coming along nicely, and hopefully will be a huge boon for the downtown sector when complete, so see the above links for more info!
Also today, here's what you should know on the latest episode of Tuned, Local2's ongoing webseries that spotlights local musicians and concerts! Posted on Tuesday, this episode (which runs for just over 7 minutes) mostly focuses on the White Cowbell Oklahoma concert at The Rockstar Bar at the end of November, so what can you see in it? Surrounded by clips of the Toronto southern hard rock favourites' set, the aforementioned Donna Hopper interviews frontman Clem C. Clemens on their newest album (and it's unique limited domestic release), their growth and evolution over their run, and their successes in Europe. Solid and fun interview, and I won't dare spoil the non-musical accoutrements filmed during their set, but if you're familiar with a certain prop that West of Hell uses, you'll see that and more! The concert calendar segment afterwards does mention next week's Project 421/Haggith show (also at The Rockstar Bar), before closing with footage from LopLops' 12 Musicians of Christmas event.
This is another quality episode of Tuned, albeit not featuring any footage of openers The Paceshifters, though if you missed the White Cowbell Oklahoma show (like I did due to our Toystock coverage), this will give you a nice sample of the insanity that went down! Check it out at this link, and we'll let you know when the next episode goes online!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- According to comments on a post by Destroilet bassist Adam Larocque on the VM Radio Battle of the Bands' Facebook event page last week, the local hardcore punk band & local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades are apparently hitting the studio soon to record a split CD! Further details from the band's own pages have yet to be revealed, but we'll keep you guys posted when more is stated!
- New Sault Michigan hard rock quartet Ten Kings have announced their planned live debut, which will apparently come on February 27th & 28th at The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, but we won't call them on here just yet. Kewadin's entertainment page still lists local classic rock cover band Ricochet for that weekend (as does that band's Facebook page), so is there an error on one band's end? We'll let you know when we hear more!
- Pageless new Sault Ontario metal trio Them (featuring Bring The Misery, Revolution, and Infamous alumni) will fill one of the two empty spots at the Blood Shed Productions 11-way split release concert on February 21st, despite not being on the split. They'll be on third-last at 8:30 PM, though the identity of the headline act is still to be confirmed. It'll be interesting to hear how Them sound, so stay tuned for updates on them and this event next month!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and this month's new poll soon! Thanks everyone!