Mourning Wood will return to Reggie's West (the former Roosevelt Hotel) TONIGHT, after previously playing there last night! Profuse apologies for missing last night's show, and the short notice for TONIGHT's, we only first heard about them via members' personal Facebook pages last night, too late to rush a post, but we did acknowledge them via our Facebook page. Typically, Mourning Wood only snubs their downtown Reggie's shows for public online promotion, but also, note that they haven't played at "The Reggievelt" since April (that I know of), so this is a recently unique weekend in & of itself. Drummer Glen Thomas indicated on his personal Facebook page that this would likely be Mourning Wood's last concert weekend of 2016, so if you want one more chance to take in their classic rock & often heavy covers, you know where to be TONIGHT!
There is no admission fee for this show, which has a likely 10:00 PM start time and a 19+ age limit. Check the above links for more details, here's Mourning Wood live, and apologies again for missing last night's show, we'd have covered it on here had we known about it even a few hours sooner!
Next up, here's a pair of new videos from local hard rock band Skeyes of Seven! If you recall their live-streamed performance video from their Facebook page from November 6th, then you'll get the idea from these two, as the Sense of Truth successors did two more live in-studio videos of this kind last month! Apologies again for not covering these on here sooner, it's tough when they don't give any advance word before going live that they're even doing this. Unlike their first live stream, these are in an acoustic setting with the guys (save for singer Cory Murchison) playing while seated, and the continued lack of a drummer doesn't hurt in this format. However, both videos do feature four performers, as an uncredited guitarist is seen playing beside bassist Alain Fletcher in both clips. He's a solid player, and has a beard to match, but who is he, and is he a new permanent band member? If we get any confirmation, we'll let you know!
The latter video features Skeyes of Seven covering Led Zeppelin's "Going to California", though note that I had trouble playing it with audio on the Firefox browser. The earlier video (embedded below) features Skeyes of Seven covering three songs, namely Incubus' "11 AM" & "Mexico", and Tool's "Schism". These are solidly performed covers in a more reserved setting, with Incubus working well in particular, but "Schism" needs electric instruments for maximum effectiveness. Give that live stream video a look below, and stay tuned for more on Skeyes of Seven!
Finally for today, here's six assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist, venue, or event name:
- New local alternative punk quartet A Dire Setback have been named as the local openers for the Blood Guy-headlined punk rock bingo concert at The New American Pub on Tuesday, December 27th! Our source is the official Facebook event page earlier today. It'll be nice to see this promising new band in their New A debut and first union between Six, Two, Oh. and Live705, so look for them then!
- In an update to one of the photographers in our link section of them (specifically, ones that have/do photograph musicians), we have updated the link for Brian Tremblay Photography, as the previously linked page now just says that he left photography and moved on to another career... but this website implies otherwise, with portfolios, contact info, and everything else at the ready. In any event, our photography links are all fine again now!
- Sault Michigan concert venue The Corner Pub Bar & Grill closed at some point last year (complete with Facebook page deletion), and it's site at 100 West Portage Avenue was re-opened in March as the 1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery. The venue is still hosting live music, but from what I've seen, 1668 Winery leans towards acoustic acts (among them, Half Stupid alums Zac Crook & Matt Williams.) The Corner Pub was a popular venue for hard rock bands in it's heyday, and while we hadn't covered a show there since 2013, hopefully the winery can host some heavier music down the road! As a result, we have removed The Corner Pub from our venue links.
- Sault Ontario death metal quintet Kaepora Gaebora have quietly changed their name to Exploring Detritus, as per their Facebook page yesterday. A reason for the name change (their second, after launching as Debt To The Heirless) wasn't announced, but for what it's worth, this band hasn't played live in almost 6 months. The new name isn't bad, and hopefully this is a sign that the guys will play live again soon! For the record, "detritus" is a Latin term used to describe waste or debris in various contexts, often organic matter.
- Former Blackberries frontman Norm Rosteck is looking for a drummer for a three piece rock band that he's forming, which would play both originals and covers from the likes of The Damned, The Black Crowes, and The Black Keys, among others ("old punk" was also a cited genre to tackle.) If you're interested in trying out, message Norm at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from November 25th!
- Blue Chinese metal crash punk veterans Sykotyk Rampage have released another free "album" to their Reverbnation page! Entitled "Sanctuarium", it's considered the band's 60th album, it uniquely features 6 songs that all run for at least 8 minutes in length, and the band describes it as "a cult religious fusion metal thought control experience." You could call this one of their most experimental yet least provocative collections of songs yet, so give "Sanctuarium" a listen above, and headphones are recommended!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes next week! Thanks everyone!