For our last post of February 2020, we're diving into some recent video postings from a few familiar local faces, including a solo cover, a revived band's album plans, and a prolific artist's TV hosting gig, plus a handful of shorter stories at post's end. Here's what you should know!
As hyped with this teaser video, this is very similar to the virtual Christmas concert that Mike hosted for Shaw Spotlight in Thompson in December, with Mike introducing acts & talking to viewers, but the tone is somewhat less jokey and sarcastic this time. Admittedly, Saultite interest in Thompson-based acts may be limited, but there's a lot of talent on display, and Mike himself does perform two songs, including "MorningStar" 32 minutes in & "Come On Home" (from "Bridges", which he promised will come out this year) about 67 minutes in. Solid performances from Mike & Thompsonites alike, and this all came together nicely, so give Thompson Winterfest a watch!
Kraken Mara are back (again!) After a
public hiatus since September 2019 (their only month with updates since 2017), the band quietly posted a "scheduled video"
of a play-through of a song from their upcoming debut EP, which will now be named "Vibe Check" rather than be self-titled. The video is not watchable until it premieres at 10:01 AM on March 12th, which is definitely unique for a local band to post, and it's proof that this return is going to lead somewhere in the short term! Kraken Mara's Facebook page hasn't been newly updated yet, but their Instagram page has new updates, albeit with all prior videos deleted, sadly. Four short clips are there to check out, including two of guitarist Jake Valois practicing solos for the EP, and two featuring his bandmate/brother-in-law Brendan Christie in brief samples from the "Vibe Check" playthrough premiering on the 12th.
The scheduled YouTube video's description notes that drums on the EP are being provided by Cliff Aubut, who drums for the Kelowna, B.C. metalcore band Stasis. I presume he's a session drummer given the distance, but we'll let you know if his involvement is greater. Assuming that "Vibe Check" does see it's intended release, I'll hold comment on the music proper until then (especially with the full song video not watchable yet), but it's great to see Brendan & Jake back at it once again, and fans of djent-laden progressive metal will want to take notice! Give the second of Brendan's teaser videos a look below, see more above, and stay tuned for updates!
Also today, here's a new cover video from ex-Sense Of Truth/Skeyes Of Seven frontman Cory Murchison's YouTube channel on Friday, where he covered Seether's ballad "Broken" (not the version with Amy Lee.) The video quality is a little hazy, but the music comes through well enough, and Cory's voice is a good match for this song (the descripion notes that he plans to do more Seether covers), so give this well done rendition a watch below!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter items from the last while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by artist name:
- I have moved Sault Michigan hard rock trio Mackinaw Trail
to our inactive band links due to the sudden passing of frontman Henry
Switzer earlier this month. It's certainly possible that George and Ron could
continue forward in a band, bur they hadn't posted anything on their
Facebook page about Mackinaw Trail in particular since late 2019, rather
sharing info on Highway 63
and Henry's solo pursuits (and don't forget about the pandemic either).
Hopefully we hear more from George & Ron musically down the road!
- On a similar note to the Mackinaw Trail link update, I have removed Henry's old classic/hard rock band Sir Charge from our inactive band links, this time due to the page's deletion at some point last year. Sir Charge were the short-lived successors to Henry and his son Nathan's old band Monkey's Uncle, and were active on the E.U.P. bar circuit from 2012-2013, though I don't believe they ever had videos to show for their brief run. Hopefully Nathan and the Mayers stay active in music!
- Sault Ontario-based Foo Fighters tribute band The Soo Fighters
have quietly added Isolation Sessions/ex-Half Past bassist Arthur
Lacasse to their lineup, replacing Max Ambeault, as per an update on their Facebook page
this month. A reason for Max's departure was not announced, but he only
played live with The Soo Fighters once in 2019 before the pandemic
scuttled their 2020 plans. Hopefully we hear from Max musically again,
but Art should fit in fine when The Soo Fighters play live next,
whenever that is!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site next month! Thanks everyone!