Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Diemonds), Recent Concert Videos, And More!!

We're back to some news and notes on this Tuesday, including some assorted recent updates, two more new videos from a big summer concert, and first, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next weekend, so here's what you should know!

Toronto hard rock quintet Diemonds will return to Sault Ontario next Friday (August 21st) for a headlining show at The Rednecks Saloon! Last seen here in November 2013 at The Algonquin Pub, this female-fronted power outfit always bring a great time to the stage, as seen in 2013 and way back in 2009, and with their new CD "Never Wanna Die" in tow for their Infest The West tour, fans won't want to miss Diemonds' intense live show in 10 days time! Local support will come courtesy of local death metal favourites The Bear Hunters and at least one more band to be announced, so message promoters if you want in! For reference, 2013's Diemonds show featured the now-inactive T-Rex Manning & Punch as openers. Promoted by Destroilet singer Brenton Ellis (under his recent online handle Buck Norris), next week's 19+ concert will have a $5 cover charge, and there's a 9:00 PM start time listed. For more details on this concert, visit the official Facebook event page!

It's great to see Diemonds come back to the Soo after an almost two year wait, and hopefully there's a great turnout next weekend! It's also worth noting that Brent is picking up steam lately as a promoter, primarily at The Rednecks Saloon, which is encouraging, and hopefully he keeps at it if things go well! Stay tuned for updates on this show as they come in!

Next up, here's the last of the recent concert videos from YouTube user Melissa Morrison's channel, as uploaded last week along with her LopLops footage, so what should you know? Though not labelled as such, these appear to come from the Archaics-headlined concert at The New American Pub on June 1st, with photos from that show matching performers' clothing and the stage setup. Melissa posted two videos from the concert, both of local bands making their New A debuts that night, including this one of local alternative/grunge trio The Pixo Control covering the 1960s rock classic "Twist & Shout" in their usual slowed down, then sped up style. Though shot on the vertical angle like most concert videos on the channel, Melissa had a nice clear view of the guys in action, and the audio's very good to boot, but note that the very beginning is cut off. Give this new Pixo Control video a look below!

Melissa's other video from the Archaics show was of local post-punk/garage rock quartet Gnaeus playing a song that I admittedly can't title, but it is familiar from concerts, and has a nice fast paced ending that shows their punk side nicely! Strong work as usual from the VM Radio Battle winners, so give it a look below, and stay tuned for more from Gnaeus!

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

  • Turner Up/Wishbone alum Brent Royer is looking for a bassist for his new local band project, who apparently play "80s and 90s rock". No other details were offered, but I assume Brent's either the singer or drummer, given his past local band roles. If you're interested in trying out on bass for Brent's new band, message him at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from Sunday!
  • Gnaeus bassist Matt Fronzi has entered the local post-punk quartet in the music website Indi's Original Song Challenge, where the winning band could win $50,000, so be sure to throw them a vote to help the cause! The submitted song appears to be "Lovers", as an existing YouTube video of it is embedded within.
  • Mourning Wood/Asylum Country drummer T.J. Case is apparently looking to drum in a new band, as per his own Musicians Wanted Facebook group post on Sunday. He noted that he has 13 years of experience, and can do session, live, and tour work, but no word on if this means anything negative for his current local bands. T.J.'s a great drummer who can play almost anything, so if you want to try him out, message him above or at this link!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and previews soon! Thanks everyone!

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