Sunday, September 13, 2015

A New Local Band, A Surprise Album Release, A Concert Preview, And More!!

Here's an informative news post for you guys on this Sunday night, including lineup additions for two upcoming concerts, a preview for a special Monday night concert, and a surprising new album posting, but first, here's a new metal band to check out!

We have a new local metal quartet to add to our band links, and they are Debt To The Heirless, who feature a number of familiar faces! Though finite band instrument roles aren't listed yet, their members include ex-Bring The Fallen guitarist Dan Souliere (nice to see him finally back in a new band!), alongside ex-Bring The Misery guitarist Daeson Lesage (who replaced Dan in that band in 2011), Them/Infamous drummer Anthony Boudreau, and ex-Ashoka at the Show drummer Joey Graham, who you may remember as Bring The Fallen's original drummer when they were still known as The Undead Warriors. We'll of course let you know when we know more about who's playing what, but remember that Dan used to sing lead with AtrophiA, and Anthony has played guitar in bands before. Debt To The Heirless are otherwise an unknown commodity as of yet, but given members' past band work, is a death/thrash metal sound far off? Intriguing lineup all the same, so stay tuned for updates as they roll in, and like them at their new Facebook page to get future updates!

Next up, here's a surprise, as inactive local/Toronto classical/punk trio RedD Monkey have posthumously released their third and final album (well, what was recorded for it) to their Bandcamp page! Entitled "Opus 2: Untitled", fans may remember that the Smeltzer successors had been recording a follow-up to their 2012 CD "All Baroque" (which was "Opus 1"), and previewed it at a Toronto concert in June 2013, but updates never followed before they went on hiatus early last year, their one-off Toronto gig this February notwithstanding. Featuring their final full lineup (singer/guitarist Steve Mozarowski, his brother Pete on the cello, and Joe Bumbacco on drums), the album was engineered by producer/Infinity Grinder guitarist Brad Griffith, who also handled their 2010 debut EP "Thought Control Tower". "Opus 2" also features "Mister" on guest keyboard (as far as I can tell, it's not Honest Job's Mister Tahti, we'll let you know if we get more confirmation on his identity.)

Officially, "Opus 2" was not finished, but there are still 9 completed and posted tracks on Bandcamp, more than on their debut, though it's not clear how much is missing from the intended final product. Unlike Lion Ride's posthumous posting of their incomplete final CD, this album is available for sale on a "name your price" model, so might this be the subject of our newest CD review on the SMS, and our first ever RedD Monkey album review? Find out soon, but it's great to finally have RedD Monkey's final album out in some form, and stream or buy it above!

Also, here's a preview for a special Monday night concert TOMORROW, as local grunge/punk solo project Telephone & Address will return to the stage to open for Victoria, British Columbia psych-pop band The Backhomes at The Gore Street Cafe! The latest in a series of folk-alternative concerts at the downtown cafe/laundromat, this will be Telephone & Address' first concert of the fall season, and his lo-fi punk originals should fit in well tomorrow with The Backhomes' spacey blend of alternative folk! It should be noted that Chris Shoust planned to have his newest Telephone & Address album ("Monster") pressed this month, and he did have a release party for "Rust Orchid" at The Gore Street Cafe in February, so might there be new material of some kind to take in tomorrow night? Be there to find out! This ALL AGES concert will begin at 7:00 PM tomorrow, and it's under the venue's usual "pay what you can" model. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and here's Telephone & Address live last year!

Finally, here's some new lineup updates regarding two of Destroilet singer/new local concert promoter Brenton Ellis' upcoming shows, so what should you know regarding them? In terms of this coming Thursday's Broomfiller-headlined concert, the local openers will apparently be pop punk quartet Stereo North & classic metal quintet Project 421, both making their New American Pub debuts! Both were confirmed on the Facebook event page on Friday. Solid fit to open the proceedings next week, so don't miss them on Thursday! The other show with a new lineup addition is the Dusty Tucker-headlined show at The Rednecks Saloon on October 7th, which Brent has newly taken on after original promoter Mitch Sirie ended his local concert promotion work again in July. The show had been advertised to feature the now-defunct Danger Cats since the spring, so who's taking their place to join Gnaeus as openers?

While Danger Cats alum Paula Panther suggested Stereo North on the Facebook event page (and sarcastically confirmed that they were getting back together to open beforehand), Brent has since confirmed that Montreal punk trio The Nailheads are the new third band, marking their first local concert appearance since a Roosevelt Hotel metal night four years ago! Surprising, but it keeps the diverse genre blend alive, and The Nailheads' old school sound will find a good audience! Note that a fourth band slot to be announced is still listed, but that dates back to Mitch's promoting tenure and might not still be planned. Things are shaping up well, so see the above links for more info, and kudos to Brent for taking this one on!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site soon! Thanks everyone!

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