Local punk quartet A Dire Setback and alt-hard rock trio The Din will be among the openers at The Canadian Nightclub on Thursday, August 10th for the newest Live705 show, this time headlined by Montreal power pop band Dany Laj & The Looks! If they sound familiar, it's because you're aware of their LopLops Lounge show from December 2015 (opened by Caroline Divine in their final standalone local concert set), and while not a "heavy" band so to speak, The Looks have a catchy and upbeat brand of power pop that should be welcomed back to the Soo for the first time in a year & a half, so give them a listen! This will be A Dire Setback's first announced concert since Rotaryfest (remember, they're skipping the Project 421 show), while The Din will continue their "Summer of Din" with their fifth show in just over a month on August 10th, so don't miss out on both acts then! The opening band will be indie rock quartet K.I.C.K., whose skilled originals should find another solid audience to kick things off that night, so don't be late!
Another ALL AGES event as Live705 continue down that path (19+ attendees will have wristbands), K.I.C.K. will "kick" things off at 7:30 PM, and while admission at the door is $10, advance tickets will be on sale for $7 rather than distributing $3-off vouchers, marking the first time Live705 have promoted advance ticket sales since their January Jam. No word on if this is a one-off reversion from their recent voucher plans, but keep this change back to the norm in mind! This should be a fun show with a little something for many tastes, so visit the official Facebook event page for more details!
Next up, here's some new videos to check out on this Saturday morning, starting with a new concert video from local doom metal trio AlgomA! Though this is technically an unlisted video, guitarist Boyd Rendell shared it publically on the Facebook event page for TOMORROW'S Uncle Ray concert at The New American Pub, so it looks safe to share here. The video was actually filmed and uploaded back in December 2015 when AlgomA opened for Shit Liver at The New A for that month's punk rock bingo installment, and the video features AlgomA playing their song "The Longest Swim" on three cameras at once! The description noted that a similar Shit Liver video was forthcoming using four cameras, but unless that's unlisted too, it's not online. This is a unique way to film the concert, and it's nice to see alternate perspectives, but I would have made the top left camera stationary too, as when the filmer moves it, the angle is sometimes too similar to the top right. AlgomA aren't playing this song tomorrow night, but give the video a look below!
Also, here's what I believe is the first ever YouTube video from local progressive metal project Kraken Mara, as posted to the band's YouTube channel on Thursday! Don't watch the Facebook video copy, it's just a preview slideshow. A guitar play-through of their original instrumental "Stratus", the video proper features Brendan Christie and Jake Valois playing the song's guitar parts downtown at Mill Square, overlooking the former St. Mary's Paper's pulp tower and the International Bridge. Filmed at three separate camera angles, this is a solid visual look at Kraken Mara's technical and heavy sound with some local visual flair, and hopefully they continue to progress and post more public updates! Note that the Kraken Mara YouTube channel was previously Brendan's personal channel, and videos posted there of Late & Loud and his earlier solo work have sadly been deleted. Give Kraken Mara's new video a look below!
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:
- Local musician Ben Eder is looking to form a local hard rock band, and while he can play guitar, bass, and drums, he noted that "singing is my thing". I don't know much about Ben's musical past or skills, but if you're interested for more details, message Ben at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group posting from June 10th!
- Local punk/metal quintet Jack Spades have announced the addition of Elements frontman Rob Speers as their new bassist, replacing Steve Shaw, as per their Facebook page on Tuesday. A reason for Steve's departure wasn't announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened, and that we see him on stage with Talk Shit again soon! After just two shows with Steve on bass, Rob took over four string duties full time with Jack Spades at their Canada Day Bash set at The Rockstar Bar, and though I'm not familiar with him as a bassist, hopefully he fits in well going forward, starting with their tour run next week, plus September's Diamond Head show!
- Local hard rock quintet Skeyes of Seven were featured in a new album from local photographer Josh Pace's Facebook page on Monday, showcasing their current lineup primarily in studio, including their first official pictures with new rhythm guitarist Kyle Sweet. These also appear to confirm that As It Stands drummer John Mignacca is back in the fold, a year and a half after leaving the band when he moved to Sudbury, with a replacement never publically confirmed in the interim. It's great to have John back home and in Skeyes of Seven, so stay tuned for updates from them, and give Josh's great pictures a look as well!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for our review of last night's Vaultry concert on the site next! Thanks everyone!