Tuesday, February 26, 2019

YouTube Channel Profile Series: The Din

It's now time for this month's YouTube Channel Profile! This monthly feature series continues to look at 1-3 YouTube channels that are at least half devoted to local metal, hard rock, and punk artists and concerts, in order to spotlight them for current readers and encourage everyone to subscribe and watch their content! This month's randomly selected channel gives us one of the most prominent local hard rock bands of the mid-2010s, and they have a lot of content to go around, so here's what you should know!
The Din (http://youtube.com/channel/UC1_PfKGJZ64QO5uEIYkZstg)

Owner: A member of defunct Sault Ontario alternative/hard rock trio The Din (specific identity unclear, but I believe it's singer/bassist Mike Haggith)

Channel Timeline: Launched on January 13th, 2016; Videos posted from the following month through October of 2017

Channel Summary: The official YouTube channel for The Din, 26 videos were posted there from their active heyday with their best known lineup. Videos here are roughly divided between live concert footage and studio performances (either audio recordings for their albums or jam session covers.)

Why You Should Watch: Fans of The Din and/or Mike Haggith's prolific solo career will want to check out The Din's channel, especially to relive the peak of Mike, Tammy, and Brandan's collaborative run in the local scene! However, note that this channel has not been actively used since The Din's breakup at the end of 2017, and while videos from their early 2010s acid jam/improv collective era are not featured here, Mike did upload a fair amount of content from this era of The Din onto his solo YouTube channel at the time.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out

Real World (Matchbox 20) - Cover by The Din: This channel's most popular uploads were nine cover songs recorded at The Din's home studio Pretoria Hill Productions & at Mission Control Studios, with only one falling short of 1,000 views. Alongside covers of The Foo Fighters, City & Colour, The Killers, The Gin Blossoms, The Tragically Hip, and two of The Barenaked Ladies, The Din tackled two songs by Matchbox 20, including "3 AM" & "Real World", which has been viewed over 7,200 times to date since July 2016. This cover at Pretoria Hill features Mike, Steeletown Girls guitarist Tammy Hill, and Re:Born drummer Brandan Glew in fine melodic form, and while everyone's a little stiff, the performance holds up well!

Our Diniversary (Compilation): To mark the one year anniversary of adding Tammy to their lineup, The Din celebrated their "Diniversary" in September 2016 with this 2 minute video highlighting their run together to that point. Set to clips from their "Give In To The Din" album, the video features highlights from select concerts (specifically at The Tech & at Rotaryfest Stage 2) and their often amusing non-performance videos from their Facebook page. Well edited, this covers a lot of visual ground from year #1 of the modern Din, and it's a shame there wasn't a sequel before they disbanded the following year! Note that the Rotaryfest footage was otherwise unreleased on this channel.

The Din - Live At The Canadian Nightclub (11 March 2017) Full Concert!: Footage from concerts were a constant sight on their channel, particularly via three videos capturing entire live sets, including at May 2016's Sky's The Limit fundraiser & their set opening for Sulfur City at LopLops that same month. Featured here is the last & longest of them, which was shot by Id Iota frontman Christian Lemay for Shaw Spotlight's OnStage series at Live705's March Mash-Up at The Canadian. Songs performed included "Flux""75" (with "Leamington, Ontario" intro), "In Search of The Perfect Moment", "Alleyways & Apartments", "35's The Limit", "High Park", "Potato (Should Have Known Better)", "Leon the Janitor", The Tragically Hip's "Blow At High Dough", "We Met As Surrogates", and "Suburban Dream". Excellent quality footage of The Din at their peak, with a nice cross-section of originals and covers of Mike's prior songs alike, so fans won't want to bypass this one!

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, our random selection will take us to the channel of Jack Spades/Stegadeth guitarist Tiffany Stocco, featuring a few dozen solo guitar covers, so look for that on or around March 26th! That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's CD review next! Thanks everyone!

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