Sunday, October 1, 2017

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Soundcheck), AlgomA/Shit Liver Concert Preview, And More Updates!!

October is here, so let's dive into a new news post stacked with some big recent updates, including a local band's surprising contributions to a new feature film, a special preview of a concert tomorrow night in honour of a recent album release, and a new video from one of tomorrow's headliners, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this month!

The first bands have been announced for the Taryn Bugyra benefit concert at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday, October 14th, so who's signed on to show their support in her fight with kidney cancer? How do local classic/hard rock cover quartets Soundcheck & The 3 Day Millionaires, plus hard rock quartet Eclipse sound? They were announced on Friday by organizer and Taryn's mother Donna DeSimon on the Facebook event page. Notably, this will be both Soundcheck's and Eclipse's first publically advertised concert set in three months (unsually long for both bands) while we last saw The 3 Day Millionaires in August, so it's great to see them sign on to help Taryn out through this difficult time! Though not 100% official yet, Taryn's Cherry Crush bandmates might also play the event in their Foo Fighters tribute band side project The Soo Fighters, saying on their Facebook page that "we just may make an appearance." This would be that band's live debut if they did, and hopefully we'll see them confirmed for the occasion!

Donna has promised "a few more surprises too", but no word on if The Soo Fighters will be one of them. As was the case when this event first went public, tickets are $10 for this 8:00 PM benefit, there will be a door prize and raffles, and message promoters above if you need tickets delivered or if you can help donate prizes. Things are shaping up nicely for this benefit concert, which will hopefully be a great night to support Taryn and her family through this unfortunate medical crisis, so check the above links for all current details for this special concert in just under two weeks!

Next up, here's our preview of a special Monday nighter at The New American Pub TOMORROW NIGHT that will serve as the finale of the release tour for the very album we reviewed on the site yesterday, local doom & grindcore trios AlgomA and Shit Liver's split cassette tape "Trading Faces"! After touring Ontario and Montreal in support of the split, Shit Liver will finally return home for their first local concert in a year & a half, which will be eagerly anticipated by fans, so welcome them home in style tomorrow! Of course, AlgomA were supposed to join them on tour, but after medical recommendations not to tour just yet, they pulled out of the dates... except this one, so we'll get the full launch party experience with the two bands delivering brutality at different speeds! Two local metal bands will open at The New A tomorrow, including death metal standouts The Bear Hunters (always nice seeing them share a stage with Shit Liver) and extreme metal quartet Winkstinger, so don't be late for their explosive sets tomorrow night!

A firm 9:00 PM start time is in effect for this 19+ concert, which has a $7 admission fee, while "Trading Faces" tapes will be on sale for $8 while supplies last. This is shaping up to be a brutal night of death metal action from these four established local bands (anyone else getting a Rosie metal night vibe?), and of course, with Shit Liver making a rare local appearance with tapes in hand, and with this being the only tour stop featuring AlgomA, you won't want to miss out! I believe Shit Liver are headlining, so for a preview, here's a brand new full-concert video from the tour! Uploaded last week by YouTube user Steve Reniewick of Stronger Than Ever Videos, this comes from their show last week in Hamilton at This Ain't Hollywood, headlining their "Sunday Slamfest" event in the tour's third stop. The 31 minute video features loads of originals and some selections from "Trading Faces" (complete with samples), but as is usual with their videos, it's hard to identify the entire setlist in between all the short songs that often continue into each other without introduction.

Filmed from a close angle, you get a nice brutal look at Shit Liver's intense grindcore onslaught, with solid video quality, though the venue lighting is very blue. This is a quality sample of what we'll get at The New A tomorrow, so check it out below, and don't miss Shit Liver's tour finale with AlgomA in tow to get your tapes before they're gone!

Finally for today, here's some surprising and cool news, as music from outgoing local alternative/hard rock trio The Din (and frontman Mike Haggith's solo project) is featured in a new independent movie that's getting award buzz! The film in question is Ashes of K by Windsor filmmaker Juan Alejandro de Armero Aguero (remember, Mike is a Windsor native), which is described as a "delusional ride to the brink of madness" about a woman with psychosis in love with an ex-cyber criminal working with a drug cartel. The movie has already been named as an "honourable mention" of the Original Story category at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and was an official selection there and at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, which is all a great sign for Ashes of K! There is no distribution deal yet for the movie, so it's only had select screenings, but you can view the trailer below, featuring Mike's solo song "We Met As Surrogates" (a.k.a. "We Met At The Circus") from his final solo album, 2014's "The Warinside", with more of Mike's songs (including from "Give In To The Din") also made the cut.

In a comment from production company Noxtrom Film Studios on The Din's Facebook page, "music is a "HUGE" part of the film (and) it captured the audience & kept them in trance (sic)". That's a good sign, and I am curious to hear how the whole film turns out. In terms of the trailer, some of the edits to the footage and music are a little abrupt, but it looks like an interesting film, and might this be our first movie review on the SMS since Swearnet? Check out the Ashes of K trailer below, and congratulations to The Din on this honour, coming just in time before their breakup in three weeks!

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

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