Tuesday, September 8, 2015

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (K'Man & The 45s), Mike Haggith & The Din Updates, And New Videos!!

Let's keep the news rolling now that I'm back home, including a pair of new Facebook video uploads, some recent updates from a local band that we touched on in yesterday's post, and first, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this fall, so here's what you should know!

Montreal ska punk quintet K'Man & The 45s will return to Sault Ontario on Sunday, November 8th for their third headlining concert appearance, though this time at The New American Pub! After two fall appearances in the past two years at The Rockstar Bar via promoter J.D. Pearce, this lively and entertaining band will bring their originals & "Ska-mones" tribute set to The New A this time around with promoters Six Two Oh at the helm, but expect the same great time from K'Man & The 45s come November 8th, especially if you love and/or miss ska punk in the Soo! The hoped opening band is local funk/hard rock quartet The Elements, who made their first posting on their Facebook page in seven months earlier today to note their involvement, but promoters haven't finalized them yet. The Elements have not played an announced concert since Sault Michigan's Superior Festival last month, and last played publically on this side of the border in the spring, so it'd be good to see them back!

Note that The Elements also indicated on their page that they're working on a concert in early October with bands to be announced, and we will keep you posted on that when/if things are announced! The K'Man & The 45s concert has a 19+ age limit, 9:00 PM start time, and a $5 cover charge, $2 less than last fall's show. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and stay tuned for more updates on this concert and The Elements' autumn resurgence when we get it!

Next up, here's the latest from local alternative hard rockers Mike Haggith & The Din, though I will give the caveat that the posts came before guitarist Curtis McKenzie's sudden departure, so I can't say how they'll be affected as a result.  On August 11th (a month after their most recent concert), the band revealed on their Facebook page that they had begun recording their "legitimate debut album", and recording a re-release of Mike's 2012 solo album "Neighbourhood Watch", though no word yet on if it will be considered a Din release or just a solo revision with guest performances like "The Warinside" had. Though a complete album re-recording may seem like a little much, Mike is no stranger to revising old material for newer projects, including albums, singles, and even the live performance versions, so we'll have to see how this shapes up! As for the regular Din debut CD, the band indicated that "Potato" would be the first single for the planned new album.

As well, the band followed up that post with the revelation that their older "albums" ("Dinner with the President", "Chaotic Symphony", "Perpetual Musings", and "Live In Goulais Mission") were on sale through The PaperClip Productions' store for $5 a piece, finally marking confirmation that they actually had sale copies, though Mike confirmed after Curtis left that they'd left PaperClip (which Curt co-owns), so you'd have to ask PaperClip staff if Din albums are still available. None are new anymore, so reviews on the SMS would only be as archival picks, but of course, the new album plans would get first dibs if they're still on. Get much more from Mike & The Din above!

We'll close today with new videos, including one of two new video postings by Sault Michigan hard rock quartet Ten Kings! We'll touch on the second (from a recent private gig) in an upcoming post, but this comes from their set (with guest bassist Chris Hubbard) opening for Theory of a Deadman at The Dreammaker's Theatre at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino in July, where they covered Fuel's "Shimmer"! Shared from attendee/ex-These Sins Of Time frontwoman Alexa LeClair's personal Facebook page, this is incomplete (Alexa admitted cutting out a part where she sings), but fans will get a good glimpse of Ten Kings in action, including a nicely elevated Brandon Carr for the duration! Note as well that a recent posting by Ten Kings noted that they have no bookings until November (which haven't been announced themselves yet), but did post contact info if you want to book them for a concert. Give their Fuel cover a look below, and stay tuned for that private gig video soon!

Finally, here's one more video of local rock cover quartet Changing Lanes from last month's Northern Vibe Festival in Ophir, this time of the guys covering The Foo Fighters' "Times Like These". Not the heaviest song from the Foos, but it does fit Changing Lanes' softer and more general cover range. Also, you do get to see Buzz rocking a guitar, which won't be anything shocking for fans of Changing Lanes, but it's definitely something that Garden of Bedlam loyalists don't see a lot of. Pretty good rendition, so give it a look below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and this month's Defunct Local Band Profile in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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