Saturday, March 5, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Iskra, Stiffler's Mom, And Project 906), Plus New Videos!!

Before we get to our profile of last year's Speak Easy Battle of the Bands, let's sandwich them with a new news post to keep things rolling for our regular posts. Today, we mostly have LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (one of the SHORT NOTICE variety), but we also have some videos from one of the involved bands to cap things off. Now, here's what you should know!

Local hard/party rock trio Stiffler's Mom will return to The Rockstar Bar for one night only TONIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band only quietly announced the show on their Facebook page on Tuesday. Coming about a month after their last show at the same venue, this popular veteran trio should be in fine form for another night of fan favourite covers, so if you don't have existing plans, consider a trip to The Rockstar Bar for Greg, Mike, and Jon TONIGHT! Note that this is a one-nighter due to last night's 3 Day Millionaires show. Expect a 19+ age limit, 10:30 PM-ish start time, and no announced cover charge, but bring cash on hand just in case. For more details, visit the above links, and for a preview, here's Stiffler's Mom live a couple of years back!

Next up, here's some concerts with more advance notice, starting with the fourth announced show from new Sault Michigan blues/hard rock cover quartet Project 906, who will make their debut at Bay Mills Resort & Casino in nearby Brimley for one night only on Saturday, April 9th! We only sporadically hear about Bay Mills hosting a local hard rock concert (the last one I've heard of was the November 2013 "Nick Cam Jam" fundraiser), but Project 906 must have Brimley ties given that their debut show in two weeks will be there at Pickles Bar & Grill. The Ten Kings successors will specifically be rocking out at The Back Bay Grill & Games, which is the resort & casino's sports bar, notably the only one in the E.U.P. on the waterfront of Lake Superior, so there should be a nice backdrop for this show! A 10:30 PM start time is in effect for this gig (at 11386 West Lakeshore Drive in Brimley), which has a 21+ age limit, and has no announced cover charges.

Time will tell if this is the first of many hard rock shows at The Back Bay Grill or not, but Project 906's promising lineup should deliver a fun night regardless, so check the above links and the official Facebook event page for more details on next month's show at "your perfect up north retreat!"

Lastly for today's new concert announcements, Victoria, British Columbia grindcore band Iskra will make their long awaited return to Sault Ontario on Thursday, July 14th when they rock The Moose Lodge! Last seen here back at the former Foggy Notions (now Coch's Corner) in 2004, some fans may recall that a video from that show exists on YouTube, but their explosive crust/grind originals should be as heavy now as they were 12 years ago, so don't miss Iskra's return this summer! A triple threat of local openers will include reunited thrash trio Pillory (in their first announced non-battle of the bands concert in over two years), goregrind duo Rotopsy (in their first announced concert outside of house parties in almost a year), and doom metal trio AlgomA (who are promoting this concert via Six, Two, Oh.) Strong lineup with some faces that we haven't seen a lot of recently!

The first announced metal show of the year at The Moose Lodge on Trunk Road, there are $5 ticket charges (availability to be announced) for this 9:00 PM concert, while door admission will jump to $7. This is an ALL AGES event with licensing, so bring ID if you want to drink, and visit the Facebook event page for more details! This should be a brutal concert for local metalheads, especially to see some bands you haven't typically seen of late, so stay tuned for more on this show as it comes in! We'll close today with the latest videos from one of the openers of the Iskra show, they being Pillory, who posted two new videos onto their Facebook page on January 9th, and apologies for the delay on getting these on the site! These constitute Pillory's first public videos with new bassist Jordan Leach, and with their full current lineup, with both coming from jam sessions in January (one linked here), though none feature audible vocals or listed song titles.

If you've missed Pillory's thrash/death metal sounds, these videos will help rekindle their heyday, and they sound really solid here! Of course, their long awaited return to the stage is this Thursday at the 2016 Speak Easy Battle of the Bands, so be sure not to miss them there or in July, and check out their new videos above & below!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for our latest Battle of the Bands Rewind Profile on last year's Speak Easy Battle later today! Thanks everyone!

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