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!

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