Friday, August 5, 2016

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (1971), Din & Gnaeus Updates, And More!!

Before we begin this post, we have a big Sault Michigan concert cancellation to note on here, as tomorrow's outdoor FireHouse concert on Ashmun Street has been cancelled, as per promoters Superior Entertainment's Facebook page this morning. They cited slow ticket sales as the reason, noting that "unfortunately, this is a risk business driven by sales", which is definitely disappointing, especially given the hype and promotion behind it! Hopefully we see FireHouse, Redburn, and a Sault Michigan battle of the bands again in the future! Now, we have a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, big updates from a rising band, and more from Sault Ontario, so let's get rolling!

Yet another new show from Six, Two, Oh. will hit The New American Pub on August 14th (one week from Sunday!), as Winnipeg post-punk/"sad dad rock" outfit 1971 will make their local concert debut that night! Playing an often dark yet accessible blend of genres that should appeal to punk and indie fans alike, 1971 should leave a good impression at The New A next weekend, so be sure to give them a listen! Though another out of town band is playing on the 14th, local indie punk quintet Northwest are the highest slotted openers that night, and they should deliver a solid show like they have a done at The New A opening for Lost Love earlier in the year! Thunder Bay "desert rock" quintet The Franquilizers will open the proceedings in their own local debut next weekend, and their grittty & psychedelic punk originals should give the show a nice kick, so don't miss them in their opening set! This 19+ concert has a $5 cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time, as has recently been usual.

Note that this show also joins one more new Six, Two, Oh. show at The New A, which is headlined by Vancouver alt-country band Skeeter & The Deets on September 7th, but if Tuesday's Debutaunt show teaches us anything, it's that anyone could open, so we'll let you know if the openers enter our range! As for the 1971 concert, it should be a good time for fans of punk sub-genres, so check out those bands above in advance of the 14th!

Next up, here's the latest from local alternative hard rock trio The Din, starting with another great local news media spotlight in this in-depth Sault Star article by Jeffery Ougler on Wednesday, which heavily outlines the band's history, recording process, ambitions, and even personal lives! It mostly covers known ground, just with much greater biographical detail and lots of interview clips with the band, while in terms of scoops, the article confirms that their new album's producer Daniel Schmidt is guitarist Tammy Hill's father (and a veteran local drummer himself), and Tammy noted the apparent reasons for the demise of her old band Leaked. Though the article incorrectly notes that frontman Mike Haggith fronted his old band Haggith (he was the drummer there), give the whole article a look above or in The Sault Star paper itself, as it really tells The Din's story really well and in great detail! Stay tuned for much more from The Din in the coming days, and don't miss their CD release show next week!

Also today, here's a short new video find from last month's Rotaryfest Stage 2, courtesy of their Facebook page! It's a 13 second clip of post-punk quartet Gnaeus playing their song "Circles" at the outdoor Clergue Park locale, and while it's not a lengthy (or close) look at Gnaeus, it's nice to find more footage of them live! A new video of indie rockers K.I.C.K.'s headlining set is also online to check out too via Rotaryfest's Facebook page, albeit longer and from a sharper angle of the stage, but it's similar quality otherwise. Give Gnaeus' new Rotaryfest video a look below, stay tuned for more from this page, and don't miss both bands TONIGHT at the "Meditations" release show!

Finally, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:

  • The Castle-headlined concert on Wednesday, September 28th has been relocated from The New American Pub to 180 Projects on Gore Street, as per promoters on the Facebook event page earlier this week. A reason for the relocation wasn't announced, but it's likely for scheduling conflicts, as Six, Two, Oh. are still holding a number of shows at The New A in the coming months. Last seen hosting April 2015's Biipiigwan show from the same promoters, it'll be nice to see a new show at 180 Projects, so see above for more details!
  • In a late clarification from June 4th's Redneck Rock Bash II concert at The Rednecks Saloon, the show saw a late contraction from five acts to three, as local punk trio Redundant and indie solo artist Shit Creek Survivor both did not show up for the event, as per Project 421 guitarist Blair Burch in a recent personal conversation. Reasons for their withdrawals were never publically stated, but hopefully nothing bad happened, and hopefully the show went well either way!
  • Local goregrind duo Rotopsy have quietly been added as a late fourth act to the Debutaunt concert at The New American THIS TUESDAY, as per the Facebook event page in recent days. They join an eclectic lineup featuring an out of town pop punk headliner, plus opening sets by a rapper and stand up comedian, so there's a little something for everyone on the lineup now!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes in the coming days! Thanks everyone!

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