Thursday, January 13, 2011

SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Splitshot), Weekend Concert Previews, And Two New Bands!

Hey guys, it's time to get you all caught up on some new stories, including a pair of new band additions to the SMS and this weekend's concert previews, but first, some LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!! (Also, check out our latest Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile in the post below this one!)

Thanks to Ernest Beaumont for telling me about these concerts, I wouldn't have heard about them otherwise. Sault Michigan hard rockers Splitshot will be playing a weekend set at The Bird TOMORROW AND SATURDAY NIGHT! Both concerts will start at 10:00 PM, there's no cover charge at either, and you must be 21 to attend either show. Note that these concerts are not listed on the band's official Facebook page, which doesn't appear to have been properly updated since early last month, and I don't know of any other official band pages, but Ernest has always been a reliable source for shows dating back to the Nixxon Dixxon days, so these are a go! If you need concerts to hit this weekend across the river, Splitshot should do the trick! Remember, they're the new local hard rock band featuring Chris Hubbard and Kyle Beaumont from Nixxon Dixxon, and though I've yet to hear anything of theirs, they've gotta have something going for them! Check them out this weekend if you can, and consider this our first previews for this weekend's concerts!

Before we launch into the remaining previews for this weekend, here are the two new bands I came across, and we'll start with a Sault Ontario solo project I only just came across this week! The project is named "The Shaner", and it's the mastermind of a local guitarist named Shane D. (not entirely sure of his last name.) Influenced by southern rock and metal, he's posted 20 instrumental original tracks onto his Reverbnation page, with apparent hopes to compile some of the songs on a full length album. The Shaner doesn't appear to be active at present, with no visible updates since at least the spring of 2010, but I will say that Shane does have talent! He has some heavier tunes with nice aggressive riffs like "Redeux" and "Righteous Own", but diversifies with bluesier fare like "Tin Blues" and even some more funk based material. His production isn't too bad either, and he has an ear for good and catchy riffs! I don't know if Shane's still active locally, but he has promise, so check out The Shaner at the above links!

The other new band is, to the best of my knowledge, a new page for a band we featured here briefly two years ago. In late 2009, you may remember when we featured a local metal project named Metallurgy that sounded promising, but had no real information. Well, their MySpace page was deleted about a month later, but it looks like Metallurgy are back! That, or a band of the same name, but I have a hunch this is the same band. This time around, I can confirm that the mastermind of this project is Sault Ontario guitarist Neno Jovanovic, and he has posted two songs onto his Reverbnation page as well! Both appear to be newer uploads, including an original demo with some nice riffing, and a cover of Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades" where Neno plays guitar along with the original vocal track from the song. He mostly has it down, though it was a bit surprising to hear Lemmy! Metallurgy are definitely active at present, and we'll have to see what pops up from Neno and/or Metallurgy in the next while!

Now, we'll return to the weekend concert previews to close the post, and firstly, we'll head to The Rockstar Bar for some Turner Up! Yes, after a two week absence from the concert stage (Foggy's jam nights notwithstanding), the local classic hard rock quintet will be back at The Rockstar Bar tomorrow night and Saturday night for pair of concerts! Though announced short notice, fans will surely just be happy they're back, as two weeks off is a long time for Turner Up! Both of this weekend's concerts will be at 10:00 PM, with 19+ age limits and no announced cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! I'd like to remind everyone that, largely thanks to my camera's return to working condition, I will be at The Rockstar Bar on Saturday night to check out Turner Up for our first concert review of 2011! I've yet to see video or hear audio of them with Krista Marshall on vocals, so this will be a good first sample, and I'll have a review, photos, and a video on Sunday, so stay tuned! And check the above links for more details on this weekend's Turner Up shows!

And finally, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is back for another solo acoustic concert this weekend in his continuing arrangement at a local concert spot! Note that I didn't say two concerts, as according to the schedule on his official website, his planned show at The Big Cheese in Heyden tomorrow night has been cancelled, as well as his planned shows there on February 11th and 25th. Why? I don't know, though I'll chalk it up to existing commitments at The Big Cheese, but I honestly can't say. With that said, his Foggy's arrangement has no imminent breaks, and he'll absolutely be back at Foggy Notions on Sunday night for loads of acoustic hard rock and metal covers! The show starts at 10:00 PM, you must be 19 to make it in, and there is no announced cover charge. It's great to see Tym out there again rocking out and entertaining his fans, and it helps fill the Caveman Morrison void that we've had for the last few months! If you miss him on Sunday, you have ample opportunities to check him out through February, so check the above links for more details!

For a video preview, here's something I literally just found: A new Tym Morrison acoustic solo original! Entitled "How I'm Wanting You More", he uploaded it onto his official YouTube channel on Sunday, and it's a reserved but emotional and well played acoustic number, and it would fit in nicely at his solo concerts! Check it out below!

That's all for today, but I have more news to share tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that, plus my Turner Up concert review, our next Defunct Local Band Profile on Nite Wulfe, our next poll, and more! Stay tuned!

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