Soundcheck will help ring in 2019 with a concert at Reggie's West TONIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, we only learned of this show via singer/guitarist Terry Eaton's personal Facebook page this morning, and I could not find any public confirmation of it on the band's Facebook page, let alone the venue's. Also, I cannot confirm if Soundcheck played at the Reggievelt last night too (obvious apologies if they did), but again, I can't cover it if it's not publicized in advance. As for TONIGHT'S show, this will be Soundcheck's first (announced) concert since rocking The Esquire Club last week, but fans haven't seen Terry, Travis, Paul, and Glen at this Korah Road venue in over a month. Despite the minimal notice, fans should get their fill of Soundcheck's hard rocking covers TONIGHT, so keep this one in mind! Expect a 10:00 PM start time, no announced cover charge, and a 19+ age limit for this concert. See above for more details, and here's Soundcheck live last year!
Next up, relocated local alt-hard rock musician Mike Haggith unveiled the official music video for his single "The Nature of The Times" via his YouTube channel on Wednesday! Posted online as the build for his new solo album "Bridges" continues, this video was filmed in various outdoor locations in Mike's current Thompson, Manitoba homebase, and was directed and edited by Dag Deschambeault of Thompson filmmaking/production company Natural Aspects Promotions. I'll hold full thoughts on the song until our likely review of "Bridges" later this year, but the video is well shot, and you get some nice views of Thompson landmarks, buildings, and scenery! I particularly like the effect of the snowfall when Mike's flanked by a nearby forest and frozen lake/river. Also, I presume the security camera footage of Mike being kicked out of a building was in jest. Give Mike's newest music video a look below, and stay tuned for more on "Bridges" when it rolls in!
Also, here's a very belated video from local classical metal project Theatre of Night's Facebook page from December 23rd, as shared from keyboardist Craig Harrison's personal Facebook page at the time. Filmed prior to their headlining concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino on the 15th, this is a 16 second soundcheck clip of the band (sans Craig & drummer Erik Sales) tackling the Christmas carol "Silent Night". It's a shame this is so short, as the laid back acoustic nature seems to work well, and Rachel's vocals are very strong while we hear them! Give it a look below, and stay tuned for more from Theatre of Night in 2019!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- Local Celtic punk quintet Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide were spotlighted in this Sault Star article from Brian Kelly last week, where Dustin talked about why the band went on their 2016-2018 hiatus, their planned fourth studio album, and their LopLops Lounge headlining concert on December 27th. The article also confirms that the first single from their new album will be named "All Broke Down", with sessions to come over the winter, and a tentative release date and short support tour planned for the fall. The insight to recent Tide happenings and future plans is welcome, and fans will want to give the full article a read above!
- Former Suicide Kings frontman Mike Gaetano is looking to start a new local band, with "90s alt-rock, pop/rock, (and) pop punk" cited as preferred genres. Mike does hope to play live again, and he does have original music ready. It'd be great to see Mike back on stage with a new project, so message him at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from Wednesday for more details!
- The newest installment of Ernest Skinner's Rock Talk column was posted onto SaultOnline on Wednesday, where Ernest interviewed former Headpins frontwoman Darby Mills. Entrtaining article with some solid insights from her career, so give it a look above, and look for Ernest's next interview with Sean Kelly in the near future!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates on the site next week! Thanks everyone!