Re:Born will play their fourth live show and first of 2019 when they headline a special Soo Blaster concert on Friday, March 29th! Essentially a warm-up gig for the Killer Dwarfs concert at the same venue on April 27th (which Re:Born are opening), this will be the Project 421 successors' first public concert in over five months, and will notably mark their live debut with new frontwoman Elly McWatters, prior guest spots excepted. This should be a solid opportunity to let Elly get warmed up before they open for The Killer Dwarfs next month, so come out at month's end to see how she does! As far as I know, guitarist Frank McGillivray will not be present at this concert due to his ongoing work commitments out of town. The opening act on the 29th will be local acoustic hard rock singer/guitarist Tym Morrison, in his Soo Blaster debut, and marking a rare support appearance from him at a non-charity/festival gig.
their Facebook page yesterday, remember that Tym's Friday matinee concerts tend to end by 10:00 PM. While Soo Blaster isn't a common venue for us yet, Re:Born and Tym Morrison should provide a solid compliment at the Queen Street East sports bar in a few weeks, so definitely visit the above links for more details! While we're on the subject, Re:Born posted two new jam session videos to their Facebook page on Saturday, including their rendition of Black Sabbath's "Children of the Sea" and, as embedded below, their new-ish original "Die Another Day", so how does the new lineup (minus Frank) sound so far?
Laid out more like a concert stage this time out, the songs are strongly performed, and Elly's voice has a nice melody to it that suits the material, but her stage presence is still a little stiff. I'm curious to hear more, but will more videos turn up before March 29th? Stay tuned just in case, but give Re:Born's new video performances a look above & below!
Next up, here's the fifth and final video that Christopher Paci shot at the Joni Radford memorial concert (a.k.a. the Punk Rock Princess Fest) on March 2nd, namely of Algonquin Pub openers Stegadeth covering SNFU's "Painful Reminder"! Filmed on the vertical camera angle, Chris still got a good vantage point, roughly the same as on his Jack Spades video from later that night. Tiffany's hard to hear vocally, but the cover is well done, so give it a look below, and see more from this event via Chris' YouTube channel!
Finally, here's some assorted shorter news items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist or promoter name:
- I have moved local black metal/ambient solo project Abhorrent Forest to our inactive band links, as they have not posted a public update to their Facebook page (cover photo update aside) since releasing their "To See Eternity" EP one year ago yesterday. Featuring one half of Dullahan, Abhorrent Forest were primarily known for their three Bandcamp EP releases in 2017 & 2018, never venturing out of the studio or even adding a vocalist. Wyrn had promising material in the locally limited black metal scene, and here's hoping he brings Abhorrent Forest back down the line!
- A local guitarist named Jasper Collins is looking for other musicians (ideally bassists, drummers, and other guitarists) to jam with, though he's not looking for gigs at present, and having room to play is an asset. Other than Jasper citing "rock & metal" as what he likes to play, I don't know anything about his musical background, but if you'd like more details, message him at this link or via his Musicians Wanted Facebook group post from February 23rd!
- On February 26th, local concert promoters Live705 shared the logo for the acclaimed American independent label Metal Blade Records onto their Facebook page, while noting that "2019 is going to be a good year for metal. More details coming soon." This at least heavily implies that Live705 has booked a concert featuring a current Metal Blade artist for later this year, but if true, who, where, and when? Stay tuned if updates come in!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and updates in the coming days! Thanks everyone!