Haggith, though this time, not YouTube uploads of original studio recordings. Since the recent return of Caleb Cachagee on guitar, the guys have posted two new videos to their Facebook page, including this video of the guys hanging out watching a King Crimson DVD, making soup, and freely talking about anything that comes to mind in the process. Light but amusing, so give it a look to see the new lineup, who definitely seem to be in great spirits! Note however that there is some swearing present. The other new video is musical in nature, as it features drummer Mike Haggith playing along with the studio track for their original "Road Rash" (from their upcoming EP "XIV") in order to try out the band's new studio simulator. Nice energetic performance, so give it a look below, and stay tuned for more from Haggith!
Next up, we have a band to move to our inactive band links on the site, that being local punk/metal quartet T-Rex Manning. While the band has never publically confirmed anything regarding their status, they haven't played a public concert since the last Heavy Thursday at The Roosevelt Hotel last February, while every member of the band has since been focusing on other projects (J.D. Pearce & Tiffany Stocco with Jack Spades, Rick White with Redundant, and Bill Bennett with Stereo North), and it could be argued that Jack Spades have replaced T-Rex Manning given the common members and similar sound. Active since the fall of 2011, T-Rex Manning's punk and metal covers were a familiar sight at local concerts for over two years, wherein they opened for the likes of The Ripcordz, The Saigon Hookers, and Diemonds, along with winning "Best Sound" at 2012's Humane Society Battle, while unleashing their fan favourite original "She Banged The Mayor" in the process.
T-Rex Manning were a fun band that delivered lots of entertaining concert sets in the early 2010s, and while Jack Spades deliver a more original-oriented take on their sound, hopefully we'll find Rex Manning Day on our calendars again down the road! Best of luck to J.D., Tiffany, Bill, Rick, and Daniel in the future!
Also today, here's another new studio original song from the aforementioned Mike Haggith's solo project! To be included in his upcoming album "The Warinside", this newest song (posted on his YouTube channel on Wednesday) is titled "Candy Is A Hooker's Name", which Mike said was both "comedic and personal" on his solo Facebook page last week. We won't review the song here, as we're waiting for our full review of this album to come upon it's release, but give Mike's new solo track a listen below, and hear more above!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last few days, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- Recording for Jack Spades' chunk of their upcoming three-way split album with Destroilet and Montreal's The Ripcordz will apparently begin tomorrow! Our source is the band's Facebook page, where they also revealed plans for a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release that would see "wicked rewards" for people who pitch in. We'll keep you posted when more is announced!
- Ye Olde Mold Pickers frontwoman Rihkee Strap is reportedly interested in singing in a local doom metal band this summer when she moves back to the Soo, which she mentioned came from a recent vision that she had. A female fronted doom band would be intriguing on it's own, but if you're interested in more details, message Rihkee at this link or via her Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from yesterday!
- As previously mentioned in our latest "Where Are The New Albums?" post, local goregrind duo Rotopsy recently posted a new song onto their Bandcamp page towards their next demo, but I won't give the 24 word long title here due to potentially offensive content. Featuring a groove metal sound with spoken word vocals, it continues their recent evolution, so give it a listen if you want!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more in the coming days! Thanks everyone!