We'll start with the latest from local alternative/hard rock trio The Din, starting with a note on a missed show (of sorts) from last week, as they played at Korah Collegiate & Vocational School's annual Relay for Life on Thursday! You may recall that guitarist Tammy Hill (who attends Korah) and her inactive band Leaked played this event last year, so The Din following up makes sense, and they apparently had a solid set for the annual cancer fundraiser! We didn't call it on here as it was intended for students & staff (we didn't cover Dunnplugged events for the same reason), but hopefully you enjoyed it if you were there! Our other Din updates today come from new videos, including this 3 second Facebook video of tickets being stamped for their upcoming CD release show at The Tech, which is self explanatory, but good to preview the show! Their other new video is a YouTube channel upload of the second single from "Give In To The Din", so what should you know?
Posted on Saturday, this is their song "Potato", which the band has now given an official subtitle, so the full name is now "Potato (Should've Known Better)". We won't review the song yet, pending our review of the album proper upon it's August release, but check out their newest full studio track below, and see more from The Din above!
Next up, here's some new live concert videos from local/St. Catharine's grindcore trio Shit Liver, courtesy of their May 20th concert from their recent Canadian tour, when they opened for Defiling the Nasma there at Funky Winkerbean's in Vancouver! Uploaded by Howard Cole of MetalDuck212 Producktions (who frequently films shows in the Vancouver area), he filmed four videos from Shit Liver's set, including ones of Shit Liver playing "Matt Got Beat Up By Cops", the second half of "It's Not My Problem", newer material whose names I don't remember offhand, and this video of a newer song and the ending of another one at the end. Solid videos from very close to the stage, and Shit Liver are at their brutal best on this late stop on their tour, so give their Vancouver concert videos a look above & below!
Also today, here's the latest from local pop punk act For July, who have announced on their Facebook page on April 18th (apologies for the delay) that they've changed their name to Anthems Vs. Oceans. Other than to say "it's time to make some changes", a reason for the new name wasn't announced, but the name works, and it's great to see that the Dave Hunter-led solo project is picking up activity! Aside from gear photos and personal notes, I hadn't seen a major update on new music from For July since 2014. With the new name decided, Dave also noted that "there are some awesome things in the works", and while he hasn't elaborated yet, he's working on some new acoustic music, while admitting that he "can't seem to grow out of pop punk", so read into that how you will. A new website for Anthems vs. Oceans is now online also, but there's not a lot there yet aside from links & old material.
For July had promise as a pop punk band, and while they've long been just a solo project, Dave has multi-instrumental and production talent (remember idioRECORDS?), and hopefully the new name will help spur Anthems vs. Oceans to some more new music and major activity in the coming years! See above for more details, and stay tuned for more!
Finally, here's three assorted shorter items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or event name:
- Local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades have announced a "tiny disastour" of Ontario that will take them to Sudbury, Oshawa, and Toronto, before wrapping things up with a return to the annual Spiderfest in Meyersburg on July 16th! The local Black Cat Attack show on July 8th is being considered the tour kickoff, while the Sudbury show will see Jack Spades opening for upcoming New A headliners Cocaine Moustache, and they'll open for locally familiar bands like The Ripcordz, Iskra, IDNS, and The Bunchofuckingoofs at Spiderfest. Sounds like a fun tour is ahead, so check the above links for more details on the tour!
- Local musician Kevin Ducharme is looking to jam with local musicians, noting in his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from last week that he still has gear, and is interested in playing blues, bluegrass, punk, and/or funk. He also noted that he has played metal as a bassist, but isn't solely focused on that anymore, and hasn't played bass regularly lately. I'm not familiar with him musically, but if you're interested in playing with Kevin, message him above or at this link!
- VM Radio Battle-winning indie rock quartet K.I.C.K. are the second publically confirmed band for this year's Stage 2 at Rotaryfest, as per this video interview with event representative Nilah Moss on Tuesday. Like the earlier Gnaeus video, this serves to introduce K.I.C.K. to viewers and explain why the all-original Second Stage is important. No word on the full schedule yet, but they're a solid and logical choice to rock out this year, so see above for more details, and click here to join the crowdfunding campaign for Stage 2!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates this week! Thanks everyone!