Them have a Facebook page! Not to be confused with the 1960s rock band with Van Morrison, the local Them (who generally spell their name in all capitals) were launched last year, debuting at house party events over the winter, and while early reports had them being a punk band, they identify as playing a hybrid of thrash, grind, death, crust, and tech metal. Possibly the successors to the defunct Social Suicide, their lineup features two members from that band, including Heavy North Entertainment owner Tyler St. Amour (formerly of Bring The Misery) on vocals & lead guitar, and current Infamous drummer Anthony Boudreau, with Revolution bassist Rainey Vincent rounding out their lineup. As well, former Strange Coyotes frontman Chase Wigmore is listed as providing "live vocals only", and our first report on Them from last year indicated that The Pixo Control's Keeghan Rosso was once in the band
Though Them made their non-house party debut at last month's Benighted concert, the Montreal Metal Shows YouTube channel didn't film them, so where can we get our first video of Them? The band's Facebook page shared this video from the Benighted concert's private pre-show house party, as filmed by attendee Joey Lacelle, and it's of their cover of Sons of Butcher's "Fuck The Shit", albeit sans Chase. It's a dark video with Anthony largely not in frame, but it's a lively rendition of this short song, and it'll be interesting to hear more from Them to come! Stay tuned for more on their next shows, and see more above and below!
Next up, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT concerning one of two venue-less concerts coming up in the next few months, as the teased Caym-headlined concert on Friday, May 15th will now take place at The Oddfellows Hall! As announced on the Facebook event page yesterday, this will be Caym's third local appearance after two prior Canadian Nightclub sets as an opening band, and their extreme metal originals should find another solid audience next month! Local support will still include local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades and local death metal quartet The Bear Hunters (in their first announced set since their 2nd place battle of the bands finish), and as both have opened for Caym locally, they should fit in nicely! More local openers are to be announced, and while the show was originally announced to be promoted by Jack Spades frontman J.D. Pearce, he revealed yesterday that he's handed over the reigns to Heavy North Entertainment so he can focus on Jack Spades' first ever Oddfellows Hall set.
J.D. hasn't played a show there with any of his bands in four years, so this is a long time coming in & of itself! Given that Heavy North Entertainment are now promoting this show, one can assume some Blood Shed Productions acts will be added as openers, but who might we see? Stay tuned here and at the above links to find out! Admission prices and start times are to be announced, but given the venue, this would be an ALL AGES concert! Sounds like a solid concert to me, so stay tuned for much more on it as it comes in!
Also today, the last song from local alternative/hard rock quartet Haggith's retracted EP "XIV" is now online courtesy of their YouTube channel! Joining "Red" & "Road Rash" (the other songs recorded with Daniel Horton before he left the band), the last track for the EP is "Anthem", which means that "Public Enemy", "These Four Walls", "Wasted", "By The Hand", "Runnin' From Love", "Metal Cage", and "Punch" will not be on the CD (whether we'll see them in future recordings or concerts is still up in the air.) Though co-wrote by Daniel, frontman Curtis McKenzie is given sole guitar credit for the track (maybe Daniel left before recording his parts?), while Jordan Leach does provide bass on the song. Pending a possible review of the EP, we'll hold comment on the studio version of "Anthem" for now, but check it out below, click here for pre-order info on this and "Apocalypse II", and all hail Haggith!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- The aforementioned Bear Hunters will also be among the openers for the Menstrual Munchies-headlined concert (venue to be announced) on June 25th in the highest local slot of 9:00 PM, as per updates to the Facebook event page in recent days. Guitarist Mitch Sirie revealed there that the band plans to debut a new song at the show, but might we hear it before at the Caym concert? In any event, stay tuned for more on both shows!
- Local death metal duo Brutally Fatal's new release "The D.P.E.P." was quietly released last month, as per their Facebook page! Though not acknowledged as out beforehand, the guys revealed on March 20th that it was on sale for anyone interested, and that they were jamming in preparation for their set at the to-be-announced Dank Fest 2. Contact them at the above links if you're interested in a copy now that we know it's on sale!
- Local progressive rock quartet Mannapool have been added as the last band to the Zaum concert at The Rednecks Saloon on May 11th, marking their debut at this venue and first set since their third place run at the VM Radio Battle! They'll add a lot to this already diverse concert, so make sure to stay late, as they're after the out of town bands, presumably due to their own scheduling. Stay tuned for more updates, and our source is the Facebook event page on Wednesday!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes in the coming days! Thanks everyone!