Monday, September 10, 2018

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Andrew Angelic & The Pisstanks

After a quiet weekend, we are back with this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles on this Monday morning! This ongoing monthly feature series looks at 1 or 2 defunct or inactive metal, hard rock, or punk acts from the area, in order to spotlight them and their run for current readers, with bands being randomly selected from our links the previous month! As the first selected project has minimal public information, we randomly chose a second band with no media to round things out, and as we're starting a new 2-1-3-1-2-1 rotation between the Twin Saults this month, both are from Sault Ontario. Here's what you should know on both acts!
Andrew Angelic

Genre: Metal (though "Crunk/Pop" was jokingly listed upon his MySpace page's launch)

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Andrew Angelic (Tortured Saint, Rattlesnake Hotel, Sativa Rose), all instruments

Info/Analysis: A familiar presence in the local metal scene with bands like Chillum, Talk Shit, and The Valentine's Day Massacre, Andrew launched his short-lived solo project in June 2011, late in his then-band Sativa Rose's local run. Activity was limited to a single untitled instrumental track before quietly closing his solo work, with Andrew focusing on his local bands until moving to London the following year. Andrew's sole original was a nicely flowing (albeit slower) original that showed his guitar abilities nicely, in spite of the softer tone and mixed audio quality, and while it's a shame his solo work didn't last longer, don't miss him in his current London band Tortured Saint!

(MySpace's audio player didn't work at press time to rip Andrew's song for embedding in this profile, despite the player appearing to load correctly. When the song is known to be streamable, or we otherwise obtain the file, we will include it here. This appears to be an issue with other MySpace pages, and not an isolated case. Apologies for any inconvenience!)
The Pisstanks

Genre: Metal/Rockabilly

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Justin "Frenchie" Langlois (Redundant, The Scary Uncles, Fitswitch), vocals/guitar
Rick "Styles" White (Redundant, Fitswitch, Frightlight), guitar
Charles "Krazy Karl" Gibson (Fingerbone, The White Knights), bass
Glenn Lavoie (Nikkfitt), drums

Audio/Video: None to speak of, possibly due to the closure of their Geocities site, though they described their sound as if "Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin and Green Day got into a fight". Justin and Rick's collaborative work in their current punk band Redundant will likely give the most plentiful source of media to compare, especially the Green Day end of things, but punk was only a partial inspiration for The Pisstanks. Multiple band members were also seen in related contemporary groups like The White Knights, Scattered, and The Quims, but none have surviving public media either.

Info/Analysis: A short-lived band that was only visibly active in the fall of 2007, The Pisstanks promoted themselves with many references to alcohol & drinking, even taking their name from a comedic Facebook group launched by Rick earlier that same year. While jam sessions were well documented on their MySpace page, their brand of "drunk rock" never made the public stage before disbanding by 2008, though Justin & Rick would collaborate more prominently with Redundant, and previously in Fitswitch. The talent & humorous gimmick were there, and while not much publically came of The Pisstanks, hopefully everyone stays musically active!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profiles! For the first time in over four years, we will be profiling two bands for a third straight month, as our first randomly selected band has minimal surviving public information, so we've added a second band in a similar state to round things out. As such, we'll be looking early 2000s Sault Michigan-area death metal band Bludgeoned and 1990s Sault Ontario hard rock band Foothill Road next month. Look for these on or around October 10th, and stay tuned for more news this week! Thanks everyone!

No comments: