Friday, February 10, 2012

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Shift

It's February 10th, so once again, it's time to unveil this month's Defunct Local Band Profile at The Sault Metal Scene! For the first time in 8 months, we're profiling just one Sault Michigan band that has either broken up or been visibly inactive for an entire year, following a string of randomly selected bands without enough material for a full post. This month's band was fairly prominent in the local scene in the mid-late 2000s, so what should you know & remember about them? Read on below to find out! (Updated on August 19th, 2013)
Genre: Modern Hard Rock

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


Amy Beairl (Wild Fate), vocals
Joey Beairl (NoXcape, Krosswalk, Kickback), guitar
Tony Rogers (Toast, Clownsack, Swayze Train), bass
Mike Vollman (Seeking Reverence, Bad Side), drums

Audio/Video: Multimedia of Shift from their local run is extremely minimal from what I can tell, only comprising of two MySpace videos from a Shift concert circa June 2009 at what appeared to be The Satisfied Frog. One was a drum solo by Mike Vollman, and the other was Shift's cover of Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" that immediately followed Mike's solo, and though they were deleted in MySpace's recent layout overhaul, I did  post these both on YouTube as one combined video beforehand, and you can check it out below!

Info/Analysis: Active from around 2006 to 2009, Shift were a hard rock quartet known for their covers-heavy sets at numerous concerts in the mid-late 2000s. Known for featuring instructors in The Guitar Studio and it's connected summer rock camp in their lineup, Shift rocked numerous local venues like The Satisfied Frog and Dondee Lanes, along with appearances at many concerts in the Upper Peninsula, including sets at Pigfest in Ishpeming during their run. Shift went on hiatus in the fall of 2009 due to frontwoman Amy Beairl's pregnancy, but the band never came back as expected in mid-2010, and are presumed to have broken up. Since dissolving, most of Shift's members have remained active musically, most recently being seen in local bands like Toast & Seeking Reverence. I don't have much to go on for critiquing Shift, but their "One Step Closer" cover is pretty good, and Amy's singing voice meshes well with everything! The members have clear talent from what I've heard of their other bands, and I have no doubt that their concerts were full of great hard rock songs, but hopefully they come back down the road, or at least post some material from their heyday!
I hope you guys liked this month's Defunct Local Band Profile! This will be our last Sault Michigan profile until probably May (maybe April if it's there's two bands that month), so we're heading back to Sault Ontario next, but which band are we profiling? Through completely random selection, we're going to profile defunct local hardcore band Paraside, featuring the Hagerman brothers from Changing Waves, so look out for that profile between March 7th and 13th! That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news and weekend concert previews later today! Thanks everyone!

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