Wednesday, October 21, 2015

YouTube Channel Profile Series: RedDMonkeyMusic's Channel

With news coming in slowly, and because I don't want to rush a post when we'll be previewing this weekend's concerts shortly, we'll bump this month's YouTube Channel Profile up a day to ensure we won't go three days without a new post at the SMS! This monthly feature series looks at 1-3 randomly selected YouTube channels featuring local metal, hard rock, and/or punk-relevant videos as at least half of their posted content, in order to spotlight their content and encourage readers to check out their videos and maybe subscribe! This month's random selection features lots of solid footage of a missed local band on the out-of-town stage, so read on for this month's YouTube Channel Profile!
RedDMonkeyMusic's Channel (

Owner: A member of defunct local/Toronto/Kelowna hardcore punk/classical trio RedD Monkey, identity unclear (though likely one of the Mozarowski brothers)

Channel Timeline: Launched on November 4th, 2009; Videos posted on December 6th, 2011

Channel Summary: The first official YouTube channel from RedD Monkey, this channel features seven videos from four separate concerts during their February 2011 tour run in Southern Ontario alongside defunct local hard rock duo Sounds From The Green Room. The videos include two each from shows in Ottawa & Peterborough, and three from Toronto (with a sliver from Tillsonburg in one of the Toronto videos.) With one exception, each video captures at least two songs performed at the given concert, though regrettably, watermarks from the trial version of the converter program that these videos went through are a common presence.

Why Should You Watch: You should give this channel a look for some solid and fun videos from RedD Monkey's late-era heyday, capturing both older punk and more explosive newer songs, including a few scattered covers, and some songs that RedD Monkey never recorded in studio! Note however that the band hasn't visibly used the channel in almost four years, and there are no videos from shows outside of this tour or of any other content, but this later channel features studio copies of most songs from their first two CDs. Also, there are no performance clips of Sounds From The Green Room's sets, despite getting multiple references within.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

RedD Monkey - Wild International & Zombie Epoch.avi: The most viewed video on this channel is one of two from RedD Monkey's concert at The Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa on February 21st, 2011, joining this video of the guys playing "Lethargic Rampage", the unreleased original "Broken Parts", and a cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades". Here, we see singer/guitarist Steve Mozarowski, cellist Pete Mozarowski, and drummer Joe Bumbacco covering One Day As A Lion's "Wild International" and playing their own song "Zombie Epoch", which shows the guys' disparate influences well, going from rap to hardcore punk without missing a beat, and Steve's casual stage presence is welcomed! The audio & camera angle is good, but the lighting is too dark, and I'm not entirely sure of the impetus of the "box" references. For a review of this concert, visit this link!

RedD Monkey - Fifth Wish of the Swamp Donkey & Turbo Sled.avi: Next on RedD Monkey's tour was a stop at The Spill in Peterborough on February 22nd, 2011, which also saw two videos shot for this channel, including their cello rap number "Fo' Dozen Cookies" by itself, and this video of the guys playing "Monkey's Paw (5th Wish of the Swamp Donkey)" and "Turbosledt 2027", which would be released on their "All Baroque" CD with their final titles the next year. While lighting (and the watermark) is still an issue on these videos, the brick walls do add a faux-sepia tint to the proceedings, and the audio is as solid as before! Stay tuned at the end for Sounds From The Green Room's discovery of a green room at the venue!

RedD Monkey - The Attic, Fight Skate, Losing Friends, The Clocks Dement, Jock Song.avi: The other three videos on this channel come from RedD Monkey's concert at the old Rancho Relaxo in Toronto on February 23rd, 2011, including this video of the guys playing "Friar's Ire" & "Bog", and this video of them playing "No Teeth & A Lazy Eye" & their cover of Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff", though the latter half of that song is taken from their show at Norma Jean's in Tillsonburg the next day, that concert's only feature on the channel. Featured here is a video with no less than five songs from the Toronto gig, including "The Attic", "Fight Skateboard With Fire!", the unreleased "Losing Friends", "The Clock's Dement", and a cover of Steve's old band Smeltzer's "The Jock Song". Strongly done as usual (especially for fans of the "Thought Control Tower" EP), and with the best lighting yet, but the attendees can get in the way of seeing the band.

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, we'll look at former Intrepid guitarist Nick Pavlat's YouTube channel (featuring 13 solo performance videos from about 2 years ago),  which gives us just enough to do a full profile, our second of a Sault Michigan artist's solo covers in a three month span! This should go up on the site on November 22nd as usual, so look for it then, and stay tuned for weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

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