Sunday, August 12, 2018

Redundant's New EP, Some New Videos, And Much More!!

With weekend concert previews and our latest monthly feature post in the rear view, let's get back into regular news and updates on the SMS with this news post, featuring some assorted updates, new videos, and a long awaited album release! Here's what you should know!

Over three weeks after it's Toronto release at the Vans Warped Tour, local punk trio Redundant have finally released their self-titled debut EP for digital download on Friday! The EP features five songs, namely "By Myself", "Miles Apart", "Should've Known", "That December", and "What Will You Do" (a.k.a. The Scary Uncles' "Labatt 50"), and you can buy it for $4.95 on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, while you can stream the EP for free on both Spotify and Apple Music. As far as I can tell, Redundant haven't posted the EP on Bandcamp, for what that's worth. No word yet on physical in-store availability, let alone their next local gigs, but could they be saving that for a proper local release concert? We'll hold our thoughts on "Redundant" for our forthcoming review of the EP, but when can you expect to see that on the SMS? Honestly, I don't know, as we have quite a log jam of new albums to review right now, with Mike McCleary, Sykotyk Rampage, and SweetKenny also waiting in the wings for their newest releases.

If any of the four acts play a public live concert this month, our choice would be easy as a more direct tie-in, but I don't believe any have one scheduled. As the newest of the four, Redundant has more wiggle room, assuming I can review all four this year, but I guarantee we'll review Redudnant's EP on the site soon! This has been a long road to get this released and completed, and the production quality's top notch, so visit the above links to hear/buy Redundant's first EP!

Next up, here's some new videos, starting with two Facebook videos from Sault Michigan hard rock quartet Project 906's headlining concert at The Superior Cafe/Bird's Eye Outfitters on Friday! One video was uploaded via local music store Crooked Music's Facebook page, and it features the guys covering Wolfmother's "The Joker & The Thief". Though it runs for just a minute, the quality's good, and Billy's vocals are a nice fit with this rendition! If you're hoping for a longer video or a less sharp camera angle, this video shared from attendee Cindi Jenkins' personal Facebook page should suffice! This is a cover of AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long", which is similarly well handled and lively, and fans of theirs should be right at home with this performance! Give it a look below, see more above, and don't miss Project 906 in Rudyard on Saturday!

Also today, here's a new solo performance video of Chronic Demonic guitarist Kevin Powe, courtesy of that band's Facebook page, which see him playing the Sault Ontario notable covering what I believe to be Entombed's "Wolverine Blues" (it's "old school Swedish death 'n roll" at any rate!) Solid rhythm track that he has a good handle on, but will this song be in the long awaited live repertoire of Chronic Demonic? Give it 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 band or venue name:

  • New local surf rock quartet The Dynowaves (featuring Lion Ride and Bizotic alumni) have been added as the second openers for the Carried Away concert at The Rockstar Bar on August 28th, as per the Facebook event page last week. The Dynowaves have gotten some positive notices since debuting with their locally unique sound, and this should be a nice showcase for their surf rock stylings! Yes, we know they're playing at The Northern Vibe Festival, stay tuned for coverage of that when full daily timeslots are announced!
  • As per it's new naming rights agreement, and as a tie to the former Sault Memorial Gardens, The Essar Center formally changed it's name to GFL Memorial Gardens on August 1st, complete with a redesigned website. Physical signage and advertising will be slowly rolled out to reflect the name change, so keep tabs on local news media (or head downtown) for updates. The new name isn't bad, and it's great to see the Memorial Gardens name back in action, but how long before a hard rock or punk concert comes there again?
  • In the first formal reveal of their new lineup, Sault Michigan classic/hard rock cover band Highway 63 have added former Absolute, NoXcape, and Exiled drummer Justin Lawless to the band, replacing Ron Suchey, as per a post share on their Facebook page yesterday. A reason for Ron's departure wasn't publically announced, but hopefully nothing bad happened, and don't miss him and fellow (former?) Highway 63 bandmates in Cousin Eddie. Justin's a solid drummer who should fit in fine with Highway 63, so stay tuned for more updates from them as they roll in!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site this week! Thanks everyone!

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