So another week goes by and summer seems to be sneaking back into our lives. With shows on three fronts this weekend, you’ll be sure to enjoy these beautiful nights with some fantastic tunes.
On Saturday night, perhaps the best loud band Cape Breton has ever born will finally have an EP release show as Bonum Salvo makes The Fallout public. The band, raised from the ashes of hometown heroes Violent Theory, moves in a darker direction with more aggressiveness and atmosphere. With much more mature songwriting, the band really captures the brilliant vision Matthew Prince set out to accomplish.
The release show, at the Pit, will be their last show for a while as bassist Kensen Jardine heads off to Holland College to train as a police officer. While the band is often on haitus due to members moving away for work, it feels as though this time they are finally honing their skill and gaining momentum just before shutting it down.
It’s a can’t miss show which will also feature A.S.A, Jonathan Oakley, and more to be determined. $8 gets you admission to the 19+ event, but also gets you a copy of the CD. As someone who has had a copy for a while, I think it’s the deal of a lifetime.
Friday night also sees a couple of special shows in the downtown core. Over at The Upstairs, Everyone in Cars (Mike Gabriel of Mastodon Ridge and his siblings Adam and Mary Ellen) reunites for their only shows of the summer alongside my own Joe Costello & The High Tide and Tom Fun compatriots Hash Jesus. Everyone in Cars has gained acclaim for their interesting songwriting style which focuses on pop hooks played with a mostly bass and drums lineup. The trio, which often is pared down to a duo of Mike and Adam, brings a lot to the table in a mix of rock, pop, and indie music.
Governors is cornering the electronic market on Friday night with Scientists of Sound coming back to town. The ex-Jimmy Swift Band members combine to create their own style of music, feeling a little more organic than a typical DJ set. Speaking of Jimmy Swift Band, former frontman Craig Mercer will be hitting the bar Thursday night as well, playing solo alongside Jay Smith, Mike LeLievre, and Gus Loveridge (Albert Lionais of the Tom Fun Orchestra).
Back to Saturday night, Governors hosts Halifax’s Three Sheet to the little room. The band, which uses beatboxing, vocals, and instrumentation to create an interesting style of funky hip hop, will have groovy locals Back Pocket Material and The Company opening the show.
Track of the Week: “Here I Stand” by Stygian Sky. After catching the boys at The Upstairs Club last weekend, I was blown away at how tight and professional these vets are. The songs are pulled off with impeccable skill and concert readiness. This track, recorded from a rehearsal and made public about a month ago, captures the vibe of the band but is not quite the same as seeing it live.