Friday, October 20, 2017

The Rest Of This Weekend's Concert Previews, Plus Din & Mike Haggith Updates!!

As promised, here's the rest of this weekend's hard rock concert previews (barring any late notice announcements), and this one will be very much centric around one band in particular and their frontman, but it's certainly a big weekend for them, and there is one more unrelated show to take note of! Here's what you should know!

After a successful two year run (beyond if you count their acid jam days), local alternative hard rock trio The Din will amicably disband TOMORROW NIGHT after their "Suburban Sendoff" at LopLops Lounge! Acting as both their farewell show and the CD release party for their second and final CD "Suburban Dream", The Din will make one final stop at the Queen Street East venue to end their local run with a bang, with many songs from their two albums sure to make their set, and perhaps a Hip cover for good measure? The band has teased that just 50 copies of "Suburban Dream" have been pressed for the show, and with a digital release not yet guaranteed, get down to LopLops tomorrow to get your copy before it's too late! Local indie/hard rock quartet Bizotic will open tomorrow night's proceedings with their own creative original sound, so keep them in mind before The Din say goodbye! Doors open at 9:00 PM tomorrow for this 19+ concert, with Bizotic kicking things at around 10:15 PM.

As for admission and album fees, nothing has been firmly stated on the Facebook event page, but for reference, LopLops shows often have $5 cover charges, while The Din's debut CD sold for $10 upon it's release last year. While we're on the subject, this show and The Din's future were both addressed in this new Sault Star article from Jeffrey Ougler, so what should you know on it? The article features interview quotes from frontman Mike Haggith, where he reflects on why they're breaking up, members' future plans, and what to expect from "Suburban Dream", and it's a good in-depth read for fans! In terms of new revelations, Mike elaborated on where he's moving for work, the guys did debate becoming a full touring band before work commitments got in the way, and Mike plans to keep The Din visible with old media postings via their online pages that should sustain things for another two years (after all, the article name is "Inactive, not hushed".)

Also, Mike didn't completely close the door on future Din activity if "Suburban Dream" caught on critically, but it's clear that this weekend's show is the end of this chapter. I'm glad to see that things are ending on a good note and that they'll continue to have an online presence, just as long as there isn't a mass deletion of old pages and media at some point! I hate when bands do that. Don't miss Mike, Tammy, and Brandan's Suburban Sendoff at LopLops tomorrow night, and for a preview, here's The Din live!

Next up, here's one more weekend concert preview, as while The 3 Day Millionaires rock The Rockstar Bar upstairs, The Algonquin Pub (or Spin Nightclub?) will welcome local indie/hard rock band Vol. as they open for St. Catharine's folk/bluegrass band Dirtfight and Hamilton alt-blues duo Frankie & Jimmy on Saturday night! This unique show will see another homecoming from the members of Shit Liver, albeit in their much milder sister band Dirtfight (who last played here last May), while Frankie & Jimmy made fans with their unique hybrid originals at The New A last July, so it's great to see both bands back to cap off their Northern Ontario tour! As for Vol., they'll add a dash of hard rock to the proceedings in their first ever acoustic concert set to open the night, though they teased on their Facebook page on Saturday that they'll have "a little tiny surprise" during their set. Might it be the rumoured fourth band member, or is something else afoot? Be at The Algonquin Pub on Saturday night to find out!

Note that this show is still scheduled for downstairs, despite the planned dance club nights "every Saturday" at The Algonquin Pub/Spin Nightclub, so if there's any public confirmation of a venue conflict, we'll let you know! In any event, the pub has seen recent renovations, likely tied to the Spin Nightclub launch. As it stands, this show has a $8 cover charge, 19+ age limit, and 9:00 PM start time. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's Vol. live & plugged in!

Finally, we'll come full circle with some news from the aformentioned Mike Haggith, as he officially re-activated his solo project last week, via his Facebook page! After a year & a half of public inactivity while focusing on The Din, Mike is bringing his solo project back "after some thought", and he noted that he wants to continue to do his part "to provide all of you with the highs & lows you've come to know and love." In terms of solo album plans, Mike left open the possibility of working on one next, though it's not clear publically if he plans to complete and release "Neighbourhood Watch Revisited", the album he was working on when his solo project initially went inactive last spring. As you may recall, Mike released no less than 47 studio albums in either Windsor or Sault Ste. Marie between 2005 and 2016, and it's great to see that he will continue his music career out in Manitoba, so visit the above links for more details, and Mike's back in our active band links!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The 3 Day Millionaires) & The First Of This Weekend's Concert Previews!!

With the Halloween season heating up, let's kick off our weekend concert previews with most of this weekend's hard rock concert previews! Due to the amount, and to give them proper emphasis, I'm holding our previews of Saturday night's Din farewell show and the Dirtfight/Frankie & Jimmy show with Vol. for tomorrow's post, so don't worry, they are coming! Now, here's what you should know to start the weekend's previews off with, including a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will return to The Rockstar Bar for one night only THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, this show was only announced via it's Facebook event page on Monday. Last seen at the Taryn Bugyra benefit show last week, this will be The Millionaires' first solo headlining concert in over two months, and this should be another fine opportunity to see this talented veteran outfit on familiar territory, so don't miss out on SATURDAY! No word though on why they're not playing tomorrow, especially as I can't find any public reference to another band playing at The Rockstar Bar on Friday. As usual for their solo Rockstar Bar jaunts, expect a 10:30 PM start time on SATURDAY, you must be at least 19 to attend, and there are no announced cover charges. Check the above links for more details, and here's The 3 Day Millionaires live via some newly discovered videos!

As it turns out, the guys launched a YouTube channel back in May, despite never mentioning it on Facebook, and it has 6 videos from a Rockstar Bar show in November of last year! Filmed on a stationary camera, these include The 3 Day Millionaires covering Alice In Chains' "Man In The Box", Don Henley's "Boys of Summer", Radiohead's "Creep", Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game", The Flys' "Got You Where I Want You", and as embedded below, a trifecta of covers, including Candlebox's "Far Behind", Oasis' "Cigarettes & Alcohol", and The Romantics' "Talking In Your Sleep", the latter with drummer Scott McLurg on lead vocals. I didn't expect there to be such a wealth of 3 Day Millionaires videos on YouTube out of nowhere, but I welcome it, and while the vocal clarity through the camera isn't optimal, the guys handle these covers with ease, especially the harder-edged ones! Check out the three-in-one cover video below, and see more SATURDAY NIGHT!

Next up, we'll move to previously announced concerts, including the return of former Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison to Gliss Steak & Seafood for solo headlining dates TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! As is usual, he's back at The Quality Inn's house restaurant for more matinee entertainment, so if you like some acoustic hard rock with your dinner, keep his ongoing long-term run at Gliss in mind for the next three evenings! Note that the Facebook event page for this weekend's shows does not list a Thursday nighter tonight, which would be atypical for his Gliss arrangement at this time of year, but SooToday's events calendar does list tonight's show. I'll treat tonight's concert as on, but keep it's omission from the event page in mind just in case it wasn't accidental. In any event, this weekend's concerts have 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no age limit, but mind the locale. See above for more details, and here's Tym live!

Finally for today, we'll head across the river to The Rapids Lounge at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino, where Traverse City metal trio Scarkazm will return for shows TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Though this will be this local favourite outfit's first Sault Ste. Marie concert weekend since August, it's actually their second straight weekend of shows in the E.U.P. and third in four weeks, due to their late fill-in for sister band Peril at the St. Ignace Kewadin last week. Whether you've seen Scarkazm lately or not, their fan favourite hard rock and metal covers should get another solid reception from Yooper fans this weekend in the Soo, so don't miss out on the action tomorrow and/or Saturday night! As usual for Scarkazm's northern trips, expect 9:00 PM start times, 21+ age limits, and no announced cover charges both nights at The Rapids Lounge. See above for more details, and here's Scarkazm live!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for our Din and Vol./Dirtfight previews (and more) tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Electric Church), The End Of Project 421, And Much More!!

Before we get into this post, I wanted to send our condolences out to the family, friends, and fans of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who died last night after a 2 year fight with brain cancer at the age of 53. Though not a hard rock band, The Hip are a massive influence on numerous local musicians of multiple generations, with songs like "New Orleans Is Sinking" and "Blow at High Dough" showcasing their edgier side. Those and many others display Gord's unique singing voice and well thought out lyrics, many with heavy Canadian references, including a Soo reference in their song "Born in the Water". Local fans will surely remember The Tragically Hip's past concerts in Sault Ste. Marie, including Essar Center shows in 2007 & 2013, as well as at Algoma University's former library back in 1990, and at Sault Memorial Gardens in 1995, while many will fondly recall last summer's farewell show in Kingston from it's local screening parties.

Gord and The Tragically Hip are Canadian icons, and while they haven't gotten the radio play that they get in other markets here (at least Rock 101 airs some of their songs now), their impact and influence is ever present, from covers from bands like The Din, Griphook, and Caveman Morrison, to the Little Bones tribute concert here last month, and of course beyond across Canada. R.I.P. Gord, your music, activism, and presence will all be missed! As for today's post, we have a new video, a surprise band breakup, and first, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for next month!

Local blues/hard rock trio Electric Church will be one of the opening bands when indie rock quartet K.I.C.K. headline their long awaited CD release concert on Saturday, November 18th at LopLops Lounge! As first announced last week, this will see the Keep It Cool Kids finally launch their debut album to their loyal fans in exactly one month's time, so definitely follow K.I.C.K.'s online pages for continuing details on the album, and click here to check out the music video for their song "Silently Screaming" (directed by former Gnaeus drummer Brendan Garlick!) This will be Electric Church's first announced show since the Sault College reunion event last month, while they'll be joined on the bill by folk/country duo The Crossroad Magdalenes, in the first time we've covered a show of theirs (talented group for their genres!) Crank Sound Distribution will be on hand to provide sound for the release show, which has a 9:00 PM start time, $10 cover charge and a 19+ age limit.

This should be a fun time for fans of K.I.C.K.'s smooth blend of indie rock originals, with a dash of hard rock from Electric Church for good measure, so check the above links for current details on this anticipated release show, and early congratulations to K.I.C.K. on the impending release!

Also, we have some very surprising news, as local classic metal quartet Project 421 appear to have announced their breakup. In a lengthy post on their Facebook page on Sunday, singer/guitarist Blair Burch noted that "life has... been pulling us all in different directions" for the past year, "and it has come to a time where we must go our separate ways", also noting that he wants to "leave happy with what we've accomplished." The post also features his reflections on Project 421's run and accomplishments since debuting in late 2013, stating that "I would never change the last 4 years for anything", and he thanked bandmates, other local bands, promoters, and fans for making everything possible. Blair also recommended that fans follow Eclipse & Jack Spades for Daniel Horton & Chris Thompson's current projects, and hinted that he & guitarist Frank McGillivray "have ideas percolating, so you haven't seen the last of us."

This news is very surprising to hear, especially coming just three shows into their return from their winter/spring hiatus, but Project 421 had a solid run locally, and they made lots of fans with their old school covers and select originals! When your second-last show sees you open for Diamond Head, that's not a raw deal! It's a shame that their album plans never amounted to anything publically, but of course, hopefully Blair and Frank resurface in a new project when the time is right, so best of luck to them, Daniel, Chris, and other former members in the future!

Finally for today, here's a new video (of sorts) from Project 421's return show at The Canadian Nightclub in July, albeit of openers The Din, as uploaded to their Facebook page last month, and apologies for the three week delay in sharing this! The video is of a computer editing multi-camera footage from the alternative/hard rock trio's set in July, labelled as being done on at Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie, so it looks like The Din will get one more big feature on channel 10 at some point, possibly for an OnStage episode? The footage on-screen is of their song "35's The Limit", albeit amusingly sped up, so not much is given away from the concert yet! Just as a refresher, their set at this concert comprised of their entire final album "Suburban Dream" in order (sans "The Price You Pay"), with "Potato" closing the set as their encore. Check out this teaser video below, stay tuned for word on when the Shaw feature goes online, and remember, their final concert is THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at LopLops! Perhaps they'll cover The Hip one more time?

That's all for today,but stay tuned for weekend concert previews on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Theory Of A Deadman & Theatre Of Night), Plus New Sault Michigan Videos!!

As promised, here's an all-Sault Michigan post for your Tuesday afternoon reading, and within this post, we have some new video postings from the last while, and leading off, some big LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for in a couple of months. Here's what you should know!

Local classical metal project Theatre of Night have announced the first dates for their Christmas tour, and they will indeed hit Sault Ste. Marie for one show, as they'll make a rare local concert appearance on Saturday, December 16th at The Soo Theatre at 534 Ashmun Street! This was confirmed via a Reverbnation event posting shared on their Facebook page, while the tour will first hit Midlothian, Illinois (outside of Chicago) for two dates the previous weekend, so click here for details on those surprise out-of-state concerts. As per the Reverbnation listing, the Soo Theatre stop will be an ALL AGES licensed event, with a 7:00 PM start time, a $10 admission fee for adults, and a $5 for children, while half of all proceeds will go to the venue's Raise the Roof campaign to fund theatre renovations. Four and a half years since their last public concert, it's awesome to see Craig and Steve bring Theatre of Night back to a local stage, complete with a full backing band this time around!

We'll let you know more about the Christmas tour when it comes in, but with "Christmas Night" selections and new carols, this will be a seasonally heavy time in two months! Before we move on, a new preview video was shared from keyboardist Craig Harrison's personal Facebook page to the band's Facebook page two weeks ago, which just features a slideshow of recording computer photos with Snapchat-esque captions, and brief video footage of Craig playing "Silent Night" and some rehearsal jamming. Not a whole not new here, and despite what the video still implies, Craig doesn't speak to the camera, but it's another nice preview, so check it out below!

Next up, here's almost certainly the final major hard rock concert of 2017 in the area, as British Columbia hard rock/post-grunge quartet Theory of a Deadman will return to The Dreammakers Theatre at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino on Saturday, December 30th! As first announced on Scott & Brian in the Morning on Rock 101 on Monday, this will be the third local stop from these radio regulars at the Soo Kewadin, having previously headlined there in 2012 and 2015, and will see the band touring in support of their upcoming album "Wake Up Call". With hit songs like "Bad Girlfriend", "Lowlife", and their newest "Rx (Medicate)" in their repertoire, they should get another strong reaction from fans at year's end, even if some dislike the new album's softer sound, so keep this one in mind over the holidays! At press time, a potential opening band hasn't been announced, we'll let you know if one is confirmed.

Promoted by Allstar Promotions once again, this all ages concert at 7:00 PM will see tickets go on sale on Thursday (source here), and while I saw a reference online to $34.50 ticket prices, I can't 100% confirm that with a link at the moment, so check back at appropriate sources for final word. In any event, tickets will be available at this link, 1-800-KEWADIN, and at the in-person box office. Stay tuned for more updates on Theory of a Deadman's year-end show here as they roll in!

While we're on the subject of upcoming Dreammaker's Theater concerts from local favourites, Bret Michaels himself recorded a teaser video for his upcoming concert at the Soo Kewadin on November 25th! Posted by Kewadin's Facebook page to this show's event page two weeks ago, the 22 second video features the Poison frontman hyping up the Thanksgiving weekend concert, which will feature "three generations of us, celebrating and partying over the holidays". Short but sweet, and nice coverage for his sixth regional concert, so check it out below, and get your tickets A.S.A.P.!

Finally for today, here's the newest video postings to local music/record store Crooked Music's Facebook page from last week! One video just showcases guitars on sale on the wall for their Friday the 13th sale (13% off!), but the other features co-owner/Half Stupid alum Zac Crook testing out a new Stratocaster guitar with custom parts, even explaining it's setup to the viewer. Informative overall, while Zac also showcases some bluesy guitar work for good measure to bookend things, so give it a look below, and stop by Crooked Music on Ashmun Street for your musical needs!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes tomorrow on the Sault Metal Scene! Thanks everyone!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Raygun Cowboys Concert Preview, Plus New Ripcordz Concert Videos!!

A busy week is likely upon us at the SMS, so let's get things rolling with today's post, largely devoted to new videos from a big recent concert, but first, here's a concert preview for a Tuesday nighter that you punk fans will want to pay attention to!

We'll start with a special Tuesday night concert preview, as Edmonton psychobilly quintet The Raygun Cowboys will make their local concert debut TOMORROW NIGHT at The New American Pub! Occuring about midway through their Canadian tour in support of their new CD "The Cowboy Code", this punk-infused rockabilly outfit should rightfully please genre fans, especially with the very Misfits-influenced lead vocals, so if you can come out on a work/school night, don't bypass The Raygun Cowboys tomorrow! Local hard rock quartet Eclipse will open in their first public concert appearance in three months, which could serve as a preview of their upcoming "SSM of a Down" tribute set on Halloween weekend, so keep that angle in mind, just in case! They were announced to open back on Thursday via promoter J.D. Pearce on the Facebook event page, alongside local punk trio Stegadeth, but J.D. confirmed in a personal Facebook posting the following day that they can't play tomorrow due to a scheduling conflict.

At press time, a replacement for Stegadeth had not been publically confirmed, but if you're interesting in being a late fill-in, message J.D. at this link or above! A 9:00 PM start time is in place for tomorrow at The New A, while there is a $7 cover charge, and you must be 19 or older to attend. Visit the above links for more details on this psychobilly and hard rock fusion tomorrow night, and here's The Raygun Cowboys live!

Next up, here's some brand new videos from another recent concert attended by the very generous Christopher Paci, as he posted eight videos from the Ripcordz-headlined concert at The Rockstar Bar two weeks ago onto his YouTube channel last night! Just after we wrapped up our Dokken video coverage, Chris is back with more, which is always welcomed, so what do we have from him today? Well, six videos come from The Ripcordz' headlining set, filming the Montreal hardcore punk legends playing their songs "X", "Ghosts of Griffintown", "I See The Light", "Girl In The Pit", "Anarchy", and as embedded below, "Elvis Death Cult". While reasonably close to the stage, fans on the floor can get in the way of the band, and camera angles are often a little crooked. That said, the performances are predictably strong and attitude-infused, and fans of The Ripcordz should enjoy these videos, so give Chris' new uploads a look above & below!

Chris also filmed one video each of the local openers, including local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades playing a new song labelled as "Zenobyte", but given J.D.'s penchant for horror movie references, I'd guess it's actually spelled "Cenobite", referencing the Hellraiser book and movie series. In any event, the song fits in with their sonic catalog, and is lively and aggressive, though fans completely cover up Tony and Chris, even with a less crowded floor. Solid new track, so give Jack Spades' newest song a look below!

Finally, Chris filmed one video of the aforementioned Stegadeth during their opening set, playing what I believe to be their original "The Song Not Called 'The Wire'", which debuted back in April. Sung by guitarist Tiffany Stocco, the short song isn't bad, and has a familiar catchiness to it that fans will appreciate! Despite being filmed the furthest away of Chris' videos, the lack of fans on the floor actually makes up for the distance, so it's worth watching extra on that basis, and you can do so below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for an all-Sault Michigan post on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Another Dokken/Firehouse Concert Video Showcase!!

Today's post is devoted to more videos from last month's Dokken-headlined concert at The Essar Center in Sault Ontario from two different sources, and we'll start the remainder of videos from Christopher Paci's YouTube channel! We originally featured his Love 'N Revenge videos in our first Dokken concert fallout post on Monday, in order to ensure that all three bands were covered there, but he did film the other two bands, despite a 3 day delay for videos from Dokken's set for one reason or another. Chris made the wait worth it though, with seven videos of the Los Angeles hair metal band being uploaded earlier this week, and they include their songs "In My Dreams", "Maddest Hatter", "Dream Warriors", "Breaking the Chains", "Into The Fire", "Don't Close Your Eyes", and as embedded below, "Alone Again".

Filmed from the front row or very close to it, Chris has a great angle with nice audio quality, but after hearing these, I agree that Don's voice isn't what it used to be. He can still carry a tune though, particularly on slower songs, and fans helped on the bigger hits! Give Chris' Dokken videos a look above and below, and kudos to Chris for all of his hard work!

Next up, Chris did film eight songs across six videos from South Carolina hard rock quartet Firehouse's preceding set, and they include "Don't Treat Me Bad", "Reach For The Sky", "When I Look Into Your Eyes", "Rock on the Radio", both "Shake & Tumble" & "All She Wrote", and as embedded below, both "Overnight Sensation" & "Love of a Lifetime". It's clear that Chris had some freedom to move on the floor, as certain Firehouse videos are much further from the stage than others, but this one is from a similar angle as his Dokken clips. Firehouse continue to retain their classic sound with visible energy, so fans will like these clips above & below also!

Today's remaining videos come from promoters Superior Entertainment's Facebook page from the days surrounding the concert, and while short and only focused on Firehouse, it's nice to see some more video footage! This clip is of 30 seconds from the end of "Shake & Tumble" and beginning of "All She Wrote", so it's nothing that we haven't already seen from Chris Paci, but the audio sounds pretty good, and the camera is mounted at a good angle, so check it out below!

Finally, this 17 second clip of the members of Firehouse (sans frontman C.J. Snare) went online the day before the concert, and it just serves as a pre-show commercial. Nice to get some direct hype, especially considering that they were already here in the Soo when it was shot, so give it a belated look below, and apologies for missing it at the time!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post on the site tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday The 13th New Music On Werehold Records (The Final Friday!!)

(Updated on October 17th) Before we get too deep into this post, just a late notice heads-up on a band switch for concerts this weekend, as Traverse City, Michigan metal trio Scarkazm will replace sister band Peril TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT for their shows at The Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace. "Unforeseen circumstances" regarding Peril drummer Brooks Elliott were cited for the switch, as per Scarkazm's Facebook page, though seeing as both bands share a 2/3rds identical lineup, Scarkazm can slide in very easily. Don't miss Scarkazm's metal and hard rock covers TONIGHT & TOMORROW in St. Ignace, and hopefully all is well with Brooks!

Now, today's post is otherwise devoted to the ninth installment of Sault Michigan-area independent label Werehold Records' Friday the 13th music posting event, but unfortunately, this will also be the last installment. After 5½ years of delivering new label music on each Friday the 13th (save for November 2015), this is indeed "the final Friday", with Werehold owner Jason Mills confirming that in a personal conversation last month, noting that the events didn't take off like he thought they would. I find the news disappointing, as this was always a welcome and positive blast of metal on the supposedly unlucky day, but if it has to end, what better time than in October for the Halloween season? In fact, they're going out with a bang, as a record-tying nine new songs were posted today for the occasion! One song comes from Brimley artist Leonard LeBlanc's electronic solo project Palaver, entitled "You'll See Her Eyes, If You're Hungry", in his first Friday the 13th song since March 2015.

While not overly heavy, this song has a nice rhythm and 1980s-retro feel, so give it a listen if you're a fan of electronic instrumental music! On the metal side of things, four of this year's initial songs are actually from a debuting group named Shatterhand, so what is there to say about them? This is a new project from the aforementioned Jason Mills on guitar alongside Manton, Michigan-based singer/guitarist Timothy Simon Birdsall and Lansing-based multi-instrumentalist Mitchell Wells, who mans a solo project there under the name Mitch Michelle (or Barph Blahgo). As the band's only 1/3rd local, and don't have an online page yet, they won't be immediate additions to our band links, but it's great to see some new blood on the Werehold roster! Both the band and today's songs are all named after old NES video games, including songs named "Abadox", "Phantom Fighter", "Vice Project Doom", and "Nightshade", so how did they sound?

While these songs don't yet have vocals (which won't be a shock compared to usual Friday the 13th output), Shatterhand have promise, and I like the hybrid of groove metal with more of a progressive and electronic element, which has to be influenced by Mitch's own solo career, which is quite eclectic and varied. Unfortunately, all of the Shatterhand songs were quietly deleted for unannounced reasons a few days later, (very unusual for the label to do that) but hopefully they resurface, as I liked where Shatterhand were going!

Also, reports of the demise of Jason's solo project The 1,000,000,000's Who Died are premature, as they also returned for the final Friday the 13th event! We originally removed them from our band links in June when it was discovered that their Facebook page was taken down, but the page was quietly restored in recent months, so the page must have been automatically deactivated in a Destroiletesque fashion. Yes, The 1,000,000,000's Who Died are back in our active Sault Michigan band links! Last heard on the May 2016 installment, the Soo/Isle Royale project is featured with new songs named "Conquer the Rest" &, as embedded below, "Glass Coffin", which are both short, though this is par for the course with this act. An included bass solo adds some zest to the song, which both harbouring a technical aggressive attack and programmed blast beat drums for good measure, so give The Billions Who Died's new songs a listen as well!

Finally, I thought it was appropriate to come full circle with Werehold Records' Friday the 13th saga, by ending with the very first band we started our coverage of this event with, namely local metal project Life's Eclipse! They're featured in two songs from today's upload spree, including, "Houses" from the "The Dark Kingdom" album, and as embedded below, "A.C.L.D." from "Deeper In The Woods". The former again features Mitch as a guest musician, albeit here on a mellotron keyboard, and the song is a massive departure for Life's Eclipse, taking on a quiet, reserved sound that is honestly more reminiscent of medieval folk, but it's nice to see Jason and company spread their wings! As for "A.C.L.D.", that delivers more brutal instrumental metal action that existing fans will take to, and hopefully some of these albums will see a paid release at some point! Give Life's Eclipse's newest songs a listen above & below!

That's all for the Friday the 13th new music events from Werehold Records, which were fun while they lasted, but hopefully everyone stays musically active and keeps new material rolling when available on YouTube or other platforms! For what it's worth, the next Friday the 13th is in April, but unless there's a reversal of plans, don't expect anything special in six months, though stay tuned for more news here as it rolls in! Thanks everyone!

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (The Faps & Vol.), Plus Din & Kraken Mara Updates!!

Here's another new news post for your Friday morning, and below, you'll find the latest updates from two local bands in very different stages of their runs, but first, here's two LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS for later this month!

Local indie/hard rock trio (quartet?) Vol. will play their first ever acoustic concert set on Saturday, October 21st (one week from tomorrow) when they open for St. Catharine's bluegrass/folk quartet Dirtfight and Hamilton alt-blues duo Frankie & Jimmy at The Algonquin Pub! Apologies for the protracted delay in acknowledging this show in full on the site, we were waiting for confirmation on which floor of The Algonquin Hotel this show was taking place on, which only came yesterday on the Facebook event page. If this is accurate, don't go upstairs next weekend! If the touring lineup looks familiar, it's with good reason, as Dirtfight is the much milder side project from members of Shit Liver that fans saw here in May 2016, while Frankie & Jimmy came here two months later for a headlining date of their own, so if you're up for a folksy and jazz-inspired change of pace, don't bypass this one! Vol. will provide a hard rock edge in this rare unplugged set, so don't be late for their set either!

Note that The Algonquin Pub has been (partially?) rebranded as Spin Nightclub for dance club parties "every Saturday" since mid-September, though I don't know if the above concert will postpone next weekend's Spin night or if the show will end up being moved upstairs or off-site. If there's confirmation either way, we'll let you know! Promoted by Six, Two, Oh., this closing date of the touring bands' Northern Ontario Tour has an $8 cover charge, 19+ age limit, and 9:00 PM start time. Check the above links for more details, and stay tuned for updates if they come in!

Next up, the aforementioned Six, Two, Oh. are at it again with another newly announced concert just two days later on Monday, October 23rd, as Saskatoon noise/punk duo The Faps will play here once again with a headlining date at The New American Pub! Occurring just under two weeks after they opened for K-Man & The 45s at LopLops, this surprise concert will cap off their "Good Tour" as they return home, and will mark their first stop at The New A since headlining there back in 2014. Whether you saw them on Tuesday and/or three years ago, or are new to The Faps, look for another explosive set of punk and math rock originals in a week and a half! Local openers are being sought, and for reference sake, rappers opened for them in 2014, while Bizotic did the duty on Tuesday, so don't assume a specific genre. We'll let you know when an opener is confirmed! A $5 cover charge (or "pay what you can", oddly) is in effect for this 19+ show, which has an early 8:00 PM start time given the Monday night timing.

Despite the scheduling and relatively quick turnaround for the encore, this should be a fun show for punk fans, so keep it mind if you're able to come out on a Monday night, and visit the Facebook event page for complete details!

Also today, here's the latest from local alternative hard rock trio The Din, who have clarified some lingering details on their upcoming farewell concert and second/final studio album, so what's new on both fronts? In terms of the album, the band has confirmed that it will be titled "Suburban Dream", and also unveiled the track listing and album artwork via their Facebook page yesterday. Alongside the title track (which will close the CD), the album will also feature their originals "Give Me A Reason", "High Park", "Up In The Air", "35's The Limit', "Weekend Delivery", "Missing", "In The Moonlight", and one song that's brand new in online references, "The Price That You Pay". As a result, the album will not feature any Mike Haggith solo covers that you may have heard in concerts, but at least some of those were on their live album. As for their final concert at LopLops Lounge next Saturday, it's now dubbed the "Suburban Sendoff", fittingly enough!

The local openers have finally been confirmed as well, as indie/hard rock quartet Bizotic will kick off the night's events, and they're a fitting selection with talent and originality, so don't be late for their set on October 21st! Finally for new Din news, another new single has been posted from the "Suburban Dream" album to their YouTube channel, that being for their more recent original "Missing", and while I'll still hold comment for our eventual CD review, give the song a listen below, and stay tuned for updates!

Finally for today, here's the latest from local progressive metal project Kraken Mara, so what's new from them? Well, in the latest teaser update on their website (and first there in three months), the guys noted that "the last of our tracks are being mastered as we speak" for their self-titled debut EP, which will be "available for all" when completed. As well, a new playthrough video of one of their songs is being filmed at some point this season, so keep an eye out for that on band pages, including their Instagram page, which isn't just for Dokken concert videos! Brendan and Jake actually posted five videos there last month before that concert, so what's uploaded there so far? This short video showcasing their jam room, this zoom-in clip of bassist Jacob Valois, this clip of Jacob performing in studio (though his shirt is focused on over audible music), and this video of guitarist Brendan Christie declaring that they're recording some tracks.

If you didn't know, Instagram has a one minute limit for video uploads, hence why these don't show a whole lot and are better served as previews, but hey, it's nice to see progress from the Kraken Mara camp! Embedded below is the most substantial video there (musically speaking), which features a recording of a new intro for a planned song being played on a laptop. As such, we're hearing it through laptop speakers, which is far from ideal, but it has an industrial tinge to go with pleasant keyboard work from what I can hear. See more from Kraken Mara above & below, and stay tuned for more from them as it rolls in!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on The Sault Metal Scene this weekend! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

This Weekend's Hard Rock Concert Previews!!

Barring a late notice concert announcement, this post covers the entirety of known hard rock concerts in our area this weekend, and while it's not the busiest weekend of shows that we've ever seen, there is some cool stuff going on, including a benefit concert for a talented local singer. Here's what you should know, in rough chronological order!

We'll start this weekend at Gliss Steak & Seafood, where ex-Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison will hit the stage for three more acoustic solo concerts TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY! Continuing his weekly arrangement at The Quality Inn's restaurant, this weekend's trifecta of matinee concerts should provide another solid opportunity to hear his unplugged hard rock covers at a familiar locale, so don't miss Tym over the next three nights if you're up for some solo acoustic action! As usual for his long term run at Gliss, these three shows have 6:00 PM start times, no announced cover charges, and no age limits, but remember that this is a sit-down formal restaurant, not a nightclub. Visit the official Facebook event page for full details, and for a preview, here's Tym live a few years back!

Next up, we'll take a brief detour to St. Ignace, Michigan, where Traverse City classic metal trio Peril will return for a pair of concerts TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT at The Northern Pines Lounge at the Kewadin Shores Casino! Continuing their recent run of monthly weekends at an E.U.P. Kewadin branch (alternating between the Soo and St. Ignace), this will be their first stop at the St. Ignace Kewadin in two months. This veteran group have proven to be a fan favourite attraction in their regular trips north, especially given how they play here way more often than in the Lower Peninsula as of late, so if you're up for some old school classics and some more recent selections, you know where to go! As usual for Peril's northern trips, you can see them at The Northern Pines Lounge tomorrow and/or Saturday night at 9:00 PM, you must be 21 or older to attend, and there are no announced cover charges. Check the above links for more details, and here's Peril live!

We'll wrap up this weekend's currently announced hard rock concert previews with a special event, as 5 bands will join forces THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at The Rockstar Bar to support Cherry Crush frontwoman & former Foggy Notions owner Taryn Bugyra through her battle with kidney cancer! As you may know, Taryn needs surgery at the end of the month in Hamilton, and will have to be off work for 6 weeks (including two before coming home), so this fundraiser will help raise money for her family at this difficult time. Four bands are donating their time to the cause, including in a surprise confirmation, the reunion of veteran alt-hard rock cover quartet Lucky 13 in the 12:30 AM headlining slot! Inactive publically since June of last year, their surprise set is apparently replacing one from classic/hard rockers Soundcheck for unannounced reasons, but hopefully nothing bad happened with that band!

As this is a reunion for a charitable event with no concurrent public acknowledgement from Lucky 13 themselves, I'll approach this set as a one-off unless otherwise stated, but it's great to see this talented cover outfit back for the first time in well over a year, so don't miss them on Saturday! No word though on if ex-guitarist Jeremey Salatuk will play or guest with the band or not, given that he's performing with multiple bands on Saturday already. Fellow classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will co-headline with their first public set in two months at 10:30 PM, with door & raffle prize draws filling the extended time between bands starting after 11:30 PM. The opening timeslot at 9:00 PM will be shared by two linked bands, namely Taryn's own band Cherry Crush (a new confirmation) and their debuting sister tribute band The Soo Fighters, and this should be an extra poignant kick-off to the event! Hopefully Taryn gives a strong performance for her friends and family on this special night, and it'll be interesting to hear The Soo Fighters at last!

Our source for the lineup information is The Rockstar Bar's Hayley Warnock on the Facebook event page on Tuesday. Note that The Rockstar Bar's outside marquee advertises 5 bands, so either there's a surprise of some kind, or that references local hard rock quartet Eclipse, who were originally announced to perform last month. No word on why they're apparently out of this event, but don't miss them downstairs on Halloween weekend! Tickets are $10 for this 19+ benefit concert, so message organizers linked on the event page if you need advance tickets delivered! This should be a great night, so see above for more details, good luck to Taryn through this difficult time, and here's Lucky 13 live last year!

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Scofflaw

Let's get this month's Defunct Local Band Profile rolling on the SMS, as we're again looking at 1 or 2 (one this month) metal, hard rock, and/or punk bands from the Twin Saults & area that, while no longer active, deserve remembering in the present for what they accomplished and put out locally! This month's randomly selected band is our 8th straight of a single band, and we're heading to the E.U.P. for this one, so here's what you should know!

Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


Jeff Barnes, vocals/guitar
Barney Gravelle (Broke On Sunday, Retro Troop, Ten Kings), bass
Ivan Schliska (Blind Baby), drums

Audio/Video: A handful of audio tracks and videos from Scofflaw's run are available online, including two rough original audio recordings of their songs "Dr. Lobotomy" & "I Love Being A Junkie" on their MySpace page, which also has a jam session video of their song "Love Destroyer". YouTube uploads include their self-titled song in a jam session clip from drummer Ivan Schliska's YouTube channel, but some of the best available videos come from local filmmaker Wayne Kozeyah's channel, as he filmed Scofflaw playing "Knock You Down A Peg" and (embedded below) "Burn One" at the 2013 LemmaFest outside of Dondee Lanes!

Info/Analysis: Active off & on from 2006-2013, Scofflaw were a fan favourite hard rock trio influenced by "anything that rocks" and "just the fun of rockin' out & causing mayhem". Surviving details on the majority of their run are in short supply, but Scofflaw made waves with sets are numerous local venues (especially The Merchant's Bar), as well as performing all but one LemmaFest, and The Soo Theatre's Rock Starz event in 2008, among others. Though a reunion for the cancelled fifth LemmaFest in 2015 was teased, the band has been inactive since late 2013, partly due to members living out of town, though bassist Barney Gravelle remains a frequent musical presence locally. Scofflaw were a fun live act with a gritty (if unpolished) sound that could be reminiscent of blues rock at times and hardcore punk at others, and with Jeff's raw vocals and strong guitar work, it's easy to see why they had a strong following! Hopefully a reunion happens down the road!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! Next month in this series, we'll return north to Sault Ontario for our next randomly selected band, and the act in question will be RedD Monkey, the local/Toronto/Kelowna hardcore punk trio who left a huge cello-shaped mark on the local scene in their run! Give that profile a look on or around November 10th, and stay tuned for weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

Monday, October 9, 2017

K-Man & The 45s And Din/James Blonde Concert Previews, Plus More News & Notes!!

In our latest SMS post, we have two special concert previews for mid-week shows that you punk and alt/hard rock fans will want to take notice of, but to round things out, we have news on a reunited local band and a local solo artist's recent recording sessions. Here's what you should know!

We'll start with a preview of a big show taking place TOMORROW NIGHT, as Montreal ska-punk quintet K-Man & The 45s will return to Sault Ontario for a headlining concert at LopLops Lounge! Marking their sixth local concert appearance since 2013 (and fifth consecutive fall season date here), the change in venue from prior years shouldn't affect what should be an entertaining evening of reggae-influenced punk originals and "Ska-mones" covers, and if you've seen them live before, you'll know how entertaining their live show is! Joining them are Saskatoon noise/punk duo The Faps in their first local date since headlining here back in 2014, so expect more hard hitting minimalist action from them in their Soo encore tomorrow night! Local indie/hard rock quartet Bizotic (who opened for K-Man & company here in March) will reprise that role tomorrow with more creative originals, while local DJ The Dub Selectah will also be on hand to spin ska and reggae tunes between bands.

Intriguing yet familiar lineup all around, so don't miss out tomorrow night! A rare LopLops date from promoters Six, Two, Oh. (who put on the last four K-Man shows & 2014's Faps concert), this show unfortunately has a higher cover charge of $10 compared to their prior shows here, but you can knock the price to $8 by buying advance tickets at The Rad Zone, Case's Music, Big Guns Barbershop, The Vape Escape, and possibly the venue if you're early enough. This concert is at 9:00 PM with a 19+ age limit, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's K-Man & The 45s live!

Next up, here's another mid-week concert preview that's also regarding a LopLops Lounge event taking place THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, as local alternative/hard rock trio The Din will play their penultimate local concert set and final set as an opening band when they open for Niagara Falls indie/pop rock trio James Blonde! While not their final LopLops appearance (that's their finale/CD release on October 21st), time is running out to see Mike, Tammy, and Brandan's skilled alt-rock originals on the local stage, and this should be another solid night of older and newer original material & select covers, so don't miss this one on Wednesday if you can help it! As for James Blonde, they're touring in support of their new self-titled album, and their folk-influenced but modern pop rock sound is a solid fit for LopLops, so if you're a genre fan, definitely give them a listen to see what you think! Like the K-Man show tomorrow, this is a 19+ event at 9:00 PM, and I would expect a cover charge of at least $5.

In any event, LopLops' website does not have pages or online ticket sales posted for either of these mid-week events, but they are both good to go, and definitely consider a trip there on Wednesday for The Din's second-to-last show opening for James Blonde! Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's The Din live!

Also today, here's the latest from former Bear Hunters guitarist & Skull After Betrayl frontman Mike Vincent's revived solo project, so what's new from his camp? Well, he posted two more songs from his debut solo album to his Bandcamp page last week, including "Chapter 2: Glow of the Dark" and a "bonus/single" named "Ultimate Chaos". As per Mike's personal Facebook page, recording sessions are compete for the album, which will also be called "Ultimate Chaos", with the previously teased EPs ("Six, Six, Six" & "We're Of Nothing") now considered it's first & second halves. With that said, the album is not (yet?) for sale in a full album format, but Mike signalled in his personal post that he already is planning work on a second solo album. I have no idea if he plans to formally package "Ultimate Chaos" into even a proper Bandcamp album with a price, cover art, track listing and all that, but pending a formal sale, I'll hold comment on the new songs.

That said, if Mike does properly release the album in a sale format, it would be eligible for a CD review on the SMS, and fans of his existing solo music should enjoy these instrumentals, so check the above links for more on Mike's recent solo work, and stay tuned for more from him!

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

  • Local hardcore punk group Programmed To Fail quietly reunited last fall, as per their new Facebook page, and have enlisted former Northern Tragedy bassist Corry Rideout into their lineup! That's the extent of their new updates, with nothing else new to speak of beyond 2016 posts, but it's great to see Corry back in a local band after a few years away! Stay tuned for more from Programmed to Fail when it rolls in, and they're back in our active band links!
  • As of September 26th, promoters Maxx Entertainment (or Choose Maxx) were still looking for musical performers for this year's sixth annual Toystock charity concert at The Northern Grand Gardens on November 26th. Full bands, duos, and solo acts of "pretty much any genre" can apply to perform, so message them at their Facebook page if you're interested in performing at Toystock VI next month! For what it's worth, comments there implied interest in sets from Soundcheck and a returning The Peace Vibe.
  • In a post on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Friday, Vol. frontman Steve Edwards noted that he's looking for practice space and willing to pay rent for "a 4 piece alt-rock group" that would practice 2-4 times a week in the lead-up to a concert. He didn't directly specify if the intended band is for Vol. or not, but if it is, their apparent expansion to a quartet is news to me. If he meant Vol., stay tuned for word on their new member, and message Steve at this link or above if you can help out the band in question!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and previews on the site as the week rolls along! Thanks everyone!

Dokken/FireHouse Concert Video Showcase!!

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian readers! Today's post is our long-delayed fallout post from the Dokken-headlined concert at The Essar Center back on September 30th, so what what all went down over a week ago? Well, SooToday's Donna Hopper was on hand for the show, covering it in this article from the following day, where she noted that assembled fans enjoyed the concert, despite a low attendance of only around 800 fans. Hey, it's better than the Jackyl concert got nine years ago, if that counts! The article features some interview remarks from attendees, including some disappointment at the turnout, while Donna did get 22 photos from the event, including 8 of the headliners, 7 of Firehouse, 3 of Love 'N Revenge, and four of fans, and they're of predictably great quality, so give them a look above! This wasn't all for online local news coverage of the show, as Sault Online columnist Ernest Skinner covered a different side of things for his post-concert article, so what should you know about that?

In a nutshell, the article is about Ernest picking up Firehouse in Sault Michigan to bring them across the border for the concert and interviewing them en route, before focusing on the concert proper and happenings pre- and post-show, such as the afterparty hosted by Gliss Steak & Seafood, and talking with Don Dokken himself the next morning. Very cool of Ernest to not only get this kind of inside access with the hair metal legends, but to also share this in-depth story online, so definitely check out his article for a different side of a major local concert like this! In terms of videos, there are surprisingly none of Dokken yet that are publically viewable on YouTube or Facebook at press time... but there is one on Instagram! Uploaded to the Instagram page of local progressive metal band Kraken Mara (more on that in the coming days), this is of Dokken playing their classic song "Into The Fire" that night! The guys don't sound bad from what we hear, though the full song wasn't filmed.

As for Don's singing voice, he sounds fine here, but I am aware that some social media posts noted that his voice wasn't as strong as it used to be. Whether that's factoring into the lack of public videos or not is up for debate, but note that Ernest said that he sounded great in his Sault Online article. Good central angle and solid audio, so give this one a look below!

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Kraken Mara also uploaded a video to Instagram of openers Firehouse playing their song "All She Wrote" at a similar upper-backdrop-heavy angle, and they sound pretty good too, and about on par from from the Kewadin Casino videos of theirs that I've seen! Familiar song with energy, so fans will be happy with this one, even incomplete, so check it out below too! Note that one more video is up on Kraken Mara's page, but it's a pre-set video with Guns N' Roses' "You Could Be Mine' over the P.A., and no live bands playing at that point, but watch for a surprise walk-by cameo.

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Finally for this first fallout post, I wanted to acknowledge opening act Love 'N Revenge, who I've also only seen videos from via one source, namely Christopher Paci's excellent YouTube channel! Yes, Chris was at this concert, but he curiously didn't film Dokken's set (that, or his videos are very delayed), and we'll absolutely touch on his Firehouse videos in an upcoming post. His Love N' Revenge videos feature the Los Angeles arena rock group covering frontman Damon Kelly's old band Rockarma's songs "That's All" and "Bring It", but embedded below is their own original song "It's Rock 'N Roll". Though a relatively new and unfamiliar band compared to who played later that night, Love 'N Revenge's sound was a great fit, with their own originals meshing well with the Rockarma holdovers, and their sound has a good high energy that would fit well on The Hair Scare! Give Chris' solid videos a look above and below, and stay tuned for Chris' Firehouse clips!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for some special mid-week concert previews on the site next, and yes, we'll touch on extra videos from the above concert later this week too! Thanks everyone!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (The Raygun Cowboys), New Studio Material Postings, And More!!

Here's a new news post for your Saturday entertainment, so what can you look for today? A new live performance clip, new studio material from two local bands, and kicking things off, a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!

Edmonton psychobilly quintet The Raygun Cowboys will make their local concert debut on October 17th (one week from Tuesday) when they headline at The New American Pub! If you ever wanted to know how The Gutter Demons would sound if Glenn Danzig was their singer, The Raygun Cowboys would give you an idea, and with a punk swagger to go along with their standup bass and horn section, fans of psychobilly and related genres should keep this one in mind for Tuesday the 17th if they're at all able to come out mid-week! Promoter J.D. Pearce is currently looking for local openers for this show, so message him through the Facebook event page if you're interested in opening this one! A $7 cover charge is in effect for this 19+ show, which has a 9:00 PM start time. It's great to see another psychobilly concert hit The New A after six months, so check the above links for more on this new stop on The Raygun Cowboys' ongoing Canadian tour!

Next up, here's our first look at local alternative/hard rock trio The Din's second and final studio album, namely it's first single "Give Me A Reason", courtesy of their YouTube channel on Tuesday! A newer song of theirs from the spring, this joins other undetermined originals on their sophomore effort, which you can preview in recording session videos on their Facebook page. I can think of at least 7 other originals that aren't on their debut, not counting Mike Haggith solo covers, but we'll know soon what made the final cut. I won't review the song yet, as I fully expect to review their last album in full later this year, but check out "Give Me A Reason" below!

Also today, here's the latest from local pop/hard rock quintet The Noochin' Lanterns, so what have they been up to lately? Well, they played another publically unannounced show on September 29th at The Speak Easy, as per drummer Amanda Brown's personal Facebook page. If this was advertised publically in some form, my apologies for missing it, but it could have been another one of their "pop-up" shows from the summer that intentionally recieved little notice. In any event, that show marked their public debut with a new keyboardist, as Sarah Jackson has replaced Amber McKay in the group. A reason for Amber's departure has not been announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened, and they had been working with Sarah since at least June. That said, where can you can hear Sarah with The Noochin' Lanterns for the first time? In their first studio single "Drop the Gloves", as uploaded to Amanda's YouTube channel on Tuesday!

Continuing the hockey themes of their sister band The Apocalypse Afterparty's EP,  the song has almost a fast-paced folk bent with a punk attitude, and it fits with frontman Paul Stanghetta's local band work! Sarah's keyboard and synthesizer input almost sounds like a theremin in the bridge, which gives the song a spacey vibe, and it will be interesting to hear how she fits in with The Noochin' Lanterns in the coming months! Intriguing song, so give it a listen below, and stay tuned for more from them as it comes in!

Finally for today, here's a new jam session video from new local Foo Fighters tribute (and Cherry Crush sister band) The Soo Fighters! I should first clarify that this video is an unlisted upload on YouTube, but since the band publically shared it to their Facebook page this afternoon, I'd say it's fair game to acknowledge. A rendition of The Foos' classic "This Is A Call", this video is is our first look at the band with guitarist Jeremey Salatuk in tow, and it's a solid cover that better suits Jules' vocal range! The camera positioning isn't great though, as you see far more of the ceiling than you do Jeremey, but The Soo Fighters are coming along, so give their newest video a look below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site in the coming days, including some long awaited videos from a big recent concert! Thanks everyone!