Saturday, April 1, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Id Iota), AlgomA/Pillory Concert Videos, And More!!

Before we kick off our April Fools prank-free news post, just a heads up that the postponed Quiet Riot concert at The Machine Shop is not taking place on May 25th as originally stated yesterday. SooToday and varying social media postings now state that the show is postponed "until a later date", complete with the deletion of the show's Facebook event page, and refunds are available at point of purchase. I know that a lot of pessimism and sarcasm floating around online either regarding the promoters or Quiet Riot themselves, but hopefully things work themselves out so this concert gets rescheduled in some form down the road!

Now, we have some new concert videos, recent assorted updates, and first, a delayed LOCAL CONCERT ALERT, as local alternative hard rock quartet Id Iota will rock The New American Pub on Monday, April 17th for an Easter Monday concert where they'll open for Calgary psychedelic pop band Windigo & New Jersey surf rock quartet Dentist! Just a few days removed from opening for K.I.C.K. at LopLops on Good Friday, this talented quartet will continue their upward momentum with another set where you're sure to hear some material from their forthcoming second CD, so keep them in mind! Though the touring acts don't largely fall into our general coverage range, Windigo's alt-pop originals should appeal to genre fans, and Dentist harbour some punk influences on some of their own surf rock material, so don't bypass either on this late stop on their spring tour of Canada! Note that Windigo's concert calendar says this show is being held at The Gore Street Cafe, but I never saw reference to the laundromat elsewhere, so it likely changed before it's local advertising began.

Though the Facebook event page was launched by Id Iota, seemingly implying it's self-promoted, they give "special thanks" to Six, Two, Oh. & Ears and Eyes, so there is at least some assistance from those two agencies. This 19+ concert has a $5 cover charge and a 9:00 PM start time, so check the above links for more details, and if you love indie rock with some heavier tinges, be at The New A on Easter Monday!

Next up, we have some new videos from Thursday night's AlgomA-headlined concert at The New American Pub, courtesy of Christopher Paci's YouTube channel once again, in his first concert video postings since the Pop Evil show in February. Kudos to him for getting some more solid footage, it's always welcomed when he breaks out his camera! Before we touch on AlgomA's video, just a note that the band has finally unveiled their tour schedule for their European debut, which will see them play largely in Germany over a two week span starting on Tuesday, all alongside German sludge punk duo WeedWolf, though Swiss and Dutch gigs are also listed. Obviously, this is a huge opportunity to spread the Northern Ontario doom metal gospel overseas, so hopefully things work our well this month! Chris' video of AlgomA's New A set from Thursday is of their song "Phthisis" from last year's split with Chronobot, and it's a suitably ferocious rendition of one of their shorter songs, so give it a look below, and good luck on tour, show Europe what the Soo can do!

Chris didn't film late-added opener Chase Wigmore, but he did film local death metal trio Pillory playing their original "Wasting" on Thursday night, and while it captures the guys in suitably brutal form, the camera angle is worse. On the AlgomA video, Chris was more or less front & center to film them, but I think he remained at a table for Pillory, and the angle made it so the far left of the video is obscured by a wall, partially cutting frontman Robert Sartini from view early on. Still a quality look at this resurgent local metal band, so give their clip a look below as well!

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

  • I have moved local metal cover trio Caveman Morrison back to our inactive band links, as they have not made a public update since their return show at The Rednecks Saloon's relaunch party one year ago tomorrow. It was great to see the guys back after a 2+ year hiatus, but that now appears to have been a one-off set, especially thanks to frontman Tym Morrison's busy weekly schedule of solo concerts. Don't miss Tym at Gliss and/or the Barrelhouse this year, or James White & Johnny Belanger with Handsome Sandwich and their other separate projects!
  • Local punk/metal band Jack Spades' new lineup will hit the road for a return to the annual Spiderfest in Meyersburg on Friday, July 14th, where they'll open for 2013 local concert headliners The Bunchofuckingoofs. Hopefully this continues the band's momentum following June's CKY show, and good luck on the road this summer! For reference, the band teased a staggered reveal of their new lineup on their Facebook page starting last week, but nothing has been posted to confirm new or returning members since then.
  • New local power pop/hard rock band The Noochy Lanterns have added Crucify the Whore's Tyler "Ringsnaps" Gibson to their lineup on guitar, making them a quartet (for now), as per their Facebook page last week. This is a departure from Tyler's usual grindcore & death metal base, but the band indicated that they may be even heavier with him enlisted, and they've also teased a planned addition of a female synth player to their lineup, identity not publically known yet. Don't miss The Noochy Lanterns' public concert debut at The Rockstar Bar on April 15th for Live705's Easter Bash!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's "Where Are The New Albums?" post tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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