A new month is upon us, but first, we have an apology to note regarding a missed concert this past weekend, as hard rock solo musician Tym Morrison played his first ever public concert at Centro Sports Bar (formerly Chilly Willy's) at The John Rhodes Centre this past Saturday as part of the pub night during the Charity Hockey Classic there for the ARCH Hospice. As best as we can tell, it was a public event, but Tym never plugged the show publically that we found. Still, our apologies for missing it, we'd have plugged it had we known! Now, today's stacked post features LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, an upcoming new album of sorts, and more, so here's what you should know!
Local concert promoter J.D. Pearce (in association with Tidal Records) is back for his first non-battle of the bands concerts of 2016, with the first seeing French progressive death metal band Gorod headlining at The Algonquin Pub on Friday, April 15th! The second metal band from France in as many years to rock the Soo (following Benighted last spring), Gorod's brutal technical sound and intense stage presence should leave a strong impression on local metalheads next month, so don't miss this late stop on their Canadian tour! Montreal theatrical death metal outfit Bookakee (who memorably opened for Benighted last year) will join Gorod next month for another set that will surely entertain and maybe even shock fans once again, so check them out as well! Local support will come via punk/metal quintet Jack Spades (in their first show of the year outside of battles of the bands), while the reunited Winkstinger will open the proceedings, and we'll let you know when more comes out on the extreme metal veterans' new lineup!
Note that fellow Montreal metal band Beyond Creation are advertised for only select dates on this tour, those all being in Eastern Canada. This show takes place on April 15th at The Algonquin Pub (not Algonquin College in Ottawa, that's a typo), and there's a 10:00 PM start time, 19+ age limit, and $10 cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to see this long-teased concert finally confirmed, and kudos to J.D. for getting this one booked, so keep it in mind for a blast of death metal come mid-April!
J.D. isn't done though, as he's also got something for punk fans next month, with a headlining concert on Saturday, April 30th at The Algonquin Pub featuring Calgary hardcore punk quartet The Motherfuckers! That's their name, don't shoot the messenger! Veterans of the Canadian punk scene dating back to 1998, The Motherfuckers' explosive blend of fast-paced punk should be just what the doctor ordered as we get back into the swing of regular original concerts over the spring, so if you want some live punk rock, be at The Gonq at the end of next month during this stop on their Classless Society Tour! The aforementioned Jack Spades will open this concert as well, but at least one more band is to be announced, so stay tuned for updates on that front. Like for the Gorod show, this is a 19+ affair with a 10:00 PM start time, but the cover charge for this one is just $5. Sounds like a fun blast of old school punk, so check the official Facebook event page for more details, and stay tuned for more on both shows!
We'll close today with new videos, all concerning local hard/alternative rock musician Mike Haggith's active projects! In the last few days, Mike has posted two new studio versions of his solo original songs "Limb Coast" and, as embedded below, "Room 822" onto his YouTube channel, which are both planned to go towards "Neighbourhood Watch Revisited", a completely re-recorded version of his 2012 CD "Neighbourhood Watch", which I believe Mike had talked about doing in the past. On these new copies, Mike is joined by Din bandmate Brandan Glew on drums, as well as former guitarist Curtis McKenzie (nice to see them working together again!), so if you miss the 2015 version of The Din, pay extra attention here. Pending a possible review of the re-recorded album, I won't review the 2016 versions here, but in terms of the differences between versions, the new songs are longer, have better production, but otherwise are similar in structure. We'll let you know when more comes out on the re-recordings, but give Mike's first two "Neighbourhood Watch" re-recordings a listen below!
Finally, here's the latest from the aforementioned The Din, whose second installment of their "Cover of the Month" video series was posted online yesterday! Uploaded to The Din's YouTube channel yesterday, this is of the alternative hard rock trio covering The Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment", complete with Mike & Brandan re-enacting the spoken word intro of the original song to kick things off (albeit with a "mic drop" for good measure.) Well recorded and filmed, fans of Mike's band work should enjoy this cover, so give it a look below, and don't miss The Din at next week's battles of the bands on Wednesday & Thursday!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post and weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!