Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: Sideblinder

After a day's delay due to personal commitments, here's this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile, our final monthly feature post of September 2015! This is, like usual, our look at a band that's not based from the Sault Ste. Marie area, but features (or used to feature) a Saultite in their lineup, and this is a great opportunity for SMS readers to learn more about these bands and check out their material! This month's choice features a very familiar face and some other recognizable members from notable punk bands, so here's what you should know!
Sideblinder (Toronto, Ontario)

Lineup: (Saultites in RED, members not in their last full lineup in italics. Note that one Sideblinder recording features Sault Ste. Marie's own Mikey Hawdon and his Fairmounts bandmate Simon Head on drums & bass, but they are not credited as past band members on any other publically surviving sources.)

Dustin Jones (vocals/guitar)
Chuck Dailey (bass)
Darren Pfeiffer (drums)
Ryan "Legs" Leger (drums)

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Local Info: While a well known commodity in Southern Ontario circles, Sideblinder frontman Dustin Jones will be an extremely familiar sight for local punk fans from his extensive background in numerous local bands, including his current work as the frontman of Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide, as well as with prior bands like The Cover Up, Totally Confused, The Wing-Its, and (of course) The Inner City Surfers, among others, with numerous albums & tour runs with both the Tide and Surfers under his belt! You may also recognize Dustin behind the scenes as the co-founder of Tidal Records and the head of the locally-based Mission Control Studios, helping give numerous bands quality local options for exposure and professional recordings!

Band Bio: Active off and on from at least 2008-2013, Sideblinder were a punk supergroup of sorts, with Dustin Jones joined by alumni of The Salads in their lineups, including drummer Darren Pfeiffer of Goldfinger and Dookies fame. Surviving information on Sideblinder is minimal, but they recorded material for a planned debut album in the late 2000s, and played scattered Toronto concerts during their active period, most recently at The Hideout in July 2012. Sideblinder were among the launch artists for Tidal Records' debut as a full label in 2013, but online updates haven't visibly followed since, though members remain active in other bands. Bearing similarities to Dustin's past Inner City Surfers material, Sideblinder's energetic modern punk sound has a timeless appeal and is bolstered by a strong lineup, including solid bass work by Chuck Dailey, and their studio material is very promising!

No surviving websites mention a local Sideblinder  concert, but it would be nice to see Sideblinder get back together and play here if possible, and fans of the members' prior bands will like what they'll hear via Chuck's YouTube channel (featuring four original studio recordings), and two recording videos from ex-drummer Ryan Leger on Dustin's channel. Embedded below though is the only publically available concert video of Sideblinder, from their Toronto gig in July 2012, and it's of the guys playing an original song labelled as "Great Lakes", so give it a look below, and credit to Mikey Hawdon for filming this video!

I hope you guys liked this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! Next month in this series, we'll likely be looking at She Screams of Royalty, the Holland, Michigan post-hardcore band that formerly featured NA drummer and LSSU graduate Mikhail Swift in their lineup, so look for that on or around October 26th! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes this week! Thanks everyone!

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