Friday, August 3, 2018

LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS (Soundcheck & Tym Morrison), A New Video, And Much More!!

A lot of news has been getting backlogged on the site as of late, so today's post is largely to help catch up on some of the shorter stories of the past month that we hadn't covered here yet! Leading off though, we do have some a new video from a Sault Ontario act, plus some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS, one on SHORT NOTICE, so here's what you should know!

Local hard rock solo musician Tym Morrison has announced three upcoming Friday nighters at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Trunk Road, as he'll bring his acoustic covers there TONIGHT, on August 17th, and on September 14th! Apologies for the short notice on TONIGHT's show, it was only announced yesterday via the Facebook event page for all three events. What seemed like an off weekend for Tym's solo project (Gliss isn't re-opened yet) is now looking a little more normal for Tym Morrison's skilled and prolific blend of unplugged covers, and at a familiar east end location to boot, so keep TONIGHT'S show in mind, as well as his other two Road House gigs through September! As usual for Tym's shows at this venue, expect 19+ age limits, 10:00 PM start times, and no announced cover charges for these dates. See above for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym live!

Next up, local classic/hard rock cover Soundcheck are advertised to return to The Water Tower Pub for one night only on Saturday, August 25th! Our source for this concert is the Sault Music News Letter Facebook page's share of the Water Tower Pub's music schedule for this month, and while the Mourning Wood successors have not promoted this show on their own Facebook page at press time, they'd likely only acknowledge them in the preceding week. This will be Soundcheck's first Water Tower Pub show in almost two months, but they actually just played shows at The Esquire Club on July 13th & 14th that we completely missed to cover on here. They didn't make the Sault Music News Letter or Esquire Club's online promotion at the time, and Soundcheck only promoted those shows the day they occurred. I profusely apologize for missing those concerts last month, but hopefully they went well, and we'd have covered them had they received better notice! Of course, the August 25th concert at The Water Tower Pub has a 9:30 PM start time, 19+ age limit, and no cover charge, and is a one nighter as usual for this venue.

Soundcheck's hard rocking & fan favourite covers should go over well there in three weeks' time, but at long last, the band has finally shared a public video of them in concert! This was filmed by local singer Alandra Brooks at their Water Tower Pub show in June (and subsequently shared to the band's Facebook page), and it's of Soundcheck covering Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" alongside Turner Up's Scott McLurg on guest drums. No word on where Steven Flint was, but Scott fits in well on this well performed (if laid back) rendition, which Alandra got a nice angle of, so give it a look below!

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

  • Local Celtic punk quartet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide will take a road trip to Thessalon tonight for that town's annual Community Days festivities, as per label Tidal Records' Facebook page. As per this link, The Tide will be playing at the Marina at 7:00 PM as part of their Rock the Dock concert event, while Tidal Records have indicated that Chris Johns and Liam Seymour will play guest drums and guitar for this set. Thessalon is just outside of our coverage range, but if you're up for a trip east, look for The Tide tonight!
  • It's official: Gianni Gagoots are out of this year's Northern Vibe Festival. They were quietly removed from the newest poster for the event (as seen on the festival's Facebook event page last week), and coupled with their Facebook page's deletion, it looks like they've dissolved for a second and final time. The band was not replaced on the artist-centric Forest Stage's lineup, but online page-less punk cover quartet The Cover-Up were quietly added to the bill before their exit, and they should deliver a fun set in Ophir next month! Stay tuned for word on which days bands are playing, and best of luck to the Gagoots' members in the future!
  • Reunited indie rock band Great Chamberlain were the opening act for Id Iota's LopLops concert on July 20th, as per postings on their Facebook page. Apologies for not getting that on the site at the time, but hopefully the show was a hit! Unlike Id Iota, whose set followed their Rotaryfest Stage 2 set that evening, Great Chamberlain didn't play the Second Stage until the next day.
  • In a possibly troubling sign for this band's active status, local progressive metal duo Kraken Mara have quietly deleted their Reverbnation page. While no statements have been made, the band has not issued a public update on any official page in 2018, and personal Facebook postings indicate that guitarist Brendan Christie is moving out of town again soon. Kraken Mara were already a studio-only project, so I won't rush to move them to our inactive band links, but October 2nd will be our one year cut-off date if there are no preceding signs of life. Hopefully we haven't heard the last of Brendan and Jake musically!
  • Local indie punk quintet Northwest revealed on their Facebook page on Monday that their second EP would be released in "fall 2018." That could be as soon as next month, but we'll let you know when a date or release formats are confirmed! Also, their new profile picture (featuring a Polaroid photo at a riverbank) could very well be the EP's intended cover art, and if so, the title would be "Songs From 2015-2017", presumably referencing when the songs were first written. Suitably literal name, if that's the case!
  • Though the wait continues for local on-sale availability of their debut EP, local punk trio Redudnant have posted the final studio copy of their song "That December" to their Reverbnation page, as well as a new band logo image combining the letter R with a Rolling Stones-esque tongue (I cannot confirm if is on the EP cover artwork or not.) This should be a nice teaser while the anticipation builds for any details on the format, sale locations, and track listing of Redundant's long awaited first CD, so stay tuned for updates!

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

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