Archive for March, 2010

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Suds Celtic Rock Band 2009

March 31, 2010

 

Band: S.U.D.S.
Genre: Celtic rock
Formed: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent

Members:
D’Arcy Sloan – vocals
Brad Fishleigh – guitar, mandolin, vocals
Danny Wright – guitar, vocals
Darryl Twigg – guitar vocals
Bryce Birkin – bass
Cody Mcgowan – Drums

Early 2010 update The band is currently between drummers, but fill in drummers include Nick Sennema and current guitar player for “Punish Them”, Jordan Guinty.

Notes: The name stands for “shed union district standards”. They play a full set of originals but can also play a set of covers to fill out a long night. Covers include the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, and more. The band is entering the studio in 2010 with plans to release a demo in the summer of that year. Locally, S.U.D.S. play at the Elephants Nest often, as well as at Encore.

Some former bands:
Danny Wright previously from Hundred Proof
Bryce Birkin from Us & Omens, as well as currently with the Black Watch.

Visit them online here.

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Shattered Existence 1993

March 27, 2010


Band:
Shattered Existence
Demo Release: Necromancy
Year: 1993
Genre: Rock
Home: Tilbury

Members:
E.J Chapados - Vocals
Kevin Deburger – Bass
Chris Hammerton – Guitars
Rod Beaudry – Drums
Ryan Odette – Guitars

This is the bands second demo release.
Visit them online here.

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Shattered Existence 1992

March 27, 2010

Band: Shattered Existence
Demo Release: Brainstorm
Year: 1992
Genre: Rock
Home: Tilbury

Members:
E.J Chapados
- Vocals
Chris Hammerton – Lead Guitars
Pat O’Donnel – Bass
Rodney Beaudry – Drums
Ryan Odette – Guitar

The band also played on the Windsor Compilation CD. That line up included:
E.J Chapados – Vocals
Rodney Beaudry – Drums
Mark Thompson – Bass
Ryan Odette – Guitars

Visit them online here.

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Vic and the Conchords 1963

March 25, 2010

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Trio: Vic and the Conchords
Year: 1963
Disbanded: Early 1980’s
Home: Chatham

Members:
Vic Tetreault – guitar
Bill Taylor – drums
Vincent Belanger – cordovox.

Notes:
  In 1963. Vic added Mr. Vince Belanger on accordion,(and later Cordovox), and Mr. Bill Taylor (formerly of Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills) on drums, to form an energetic trio known as “Vic and the Conchords”, with Vic’s wife, Betty, on backup vocals and harmony.
 
  They were kept very busy in the bars, halls, and at weddings in southern Ontario.   The trio remained virtually unchanged for many years until the addition of Mr. Roland Lozon (of the Jubilaires), on guitar and fiddle, in 1974 or 1975 for a couple of years.   There were several changes of drummers, including Mr. George Stoner, Mr. Roland Bechard, Mr Billy Carruthers (of Terry Sumsion’s Stagecoach fame),  Mr. Tony Meriano (owner of “Tony’s One Stoppe”),  and ending with Mr. Leonard Lucier.  
  As both Vic and Vince were in demanding businesses as well, they chose to retire the group in the early 80’s.  However, local jamborees still bring them out to do what they love best.

The photo was taken around 1964. Thanks to Betty for providing the photo and information.

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Steve Skull Saunders 1997

March 24, 2010

Band: Fear Disorder
Release: In A Rage
Year: 1997
Genre: Metal

Chatham Connection:  Steve “Skull” Saunders is from Chatham-Kent, along with John Fenton who made his debut with M.A.D. in 1988 on their Decisions, Decisions demo.

Members:
Steve “Skull” Saunders- lead vox/guitars
Dan Cardoso- vox/guitars
Desche Sparboom- drums
John Fenton- bass/vox

Bio:
  Fear Disorder is an extreme metal band signed with Revolver Records in England. Their debut, “In A Rage”, is set for release in 27 countries throughout Europe and the United Kingdom by PHD and Sony. “In A Rage” also hit number 10 on Chart Magazines Hard Music chart for college/university radio in Canada. These guys have been around for many years and have opened for such bands as Fight and Voivod. Sighting influences such as Metallica and Pantera, Fear Disorder are getting ready to tour Europe in support of their debut, “In A Rage”, and have also begun to write songs for their next release.

Tracks:
1. In a Rage 
2. Knee Deep in the Dead
3. Bloody Knuckles
4. Hole in your Head  
5. God Kills (And so Shall I)
6. Blood & Guts 
7. My Precious Greed  
8. Loverly, Devouring Gloom
9. I am (What you made me be)

Click on video below to preview this CD release.

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Steve Skull aka Steve Saunders 2010

March 24, 2010

Musician: Steve Skull aka Steve Saunders
Instrument: Vocals, Guitar
Home town: Chatham
Resides: Toronto Area

Steve moved away to the Toronto area in the early 1990′s. Some may have caught him while he was playing locally in Chatham for the band Lyra (1987-89). Musically, he became a pro player and guitar teacher.

Above Pictures
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Lyra 1988
02 The Flu 1990
03 Thunder Circus 1992
04 Touring guitarist for the Killer Dwarfs 1995
05 Fear Disorder 1996
06 Steve in 1999
07 2003-2004 Sandman (Metallica tribute band)
08 2009 Live shot

Brief Bio from his page 2010:
  My real name is Steve Saunders, but pretty much everyone I know, knows me as Steve Skull. I have been a touring/gigging musician since I was 16 playing with some really great musicians along the way. Some of note include, Thunder Circus, The Flu, Killer Dwarfs, Fear Disorder, Mike Reno, Jimi Jamison, Alan Frew and Revolver. I’ve played in about 50+ different bands over the years.

  The band Fear Disorder was signed and released one album called “In A Rage”. It was released in 27 countries throughout Europe and the U.K. in 1997. That band opened for Rob Halford’s old band, Fight and also Voivod, which included former Thunder Circus bandmate, Eric Forrest.

  Most of the bands I have been in were either tribute bands or cover bands. Music is my passion. I actually had to rediscover how much it is a part of me. Now, I am ready to write again and I enjoy music all over again! Currently, I can be found playing somewhere in the GTA playing with The Intruders.

Some of the bands Steve was in.
1989 – Lyra
1990 – The Flu
1992 – Thunder Circus
1995 – Killer Dwarfs
1996 – Fear Disorder
2003,2004 – Sandman – Metallica Tribute Band
2009 – The Intruders (party band)

Visit Steve online here.

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Gates of Rage Release

March 24, 2010

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Band: Gates of Rage
Release: The Opening
Year: 1995
Home: Tilbury (Chatham-Kent)
Genre: Metal

Members
Darren Marchand – Vocals
Rodney Beaudry – Drums and Backing Vocals,
Rich Dupuis – Guitars
Ryan Odette – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Dave Boulion (R.I.P) – Bass

Tracks:
Blindman Deadman
Blind Misery
Broken Soul
No Sympathy
Out of the Gates
The Sound of Thunder
Take the Fall
The Opening/ All These Dreams
Unknown Life

Listen to this demo on myspace
http://www.myspace.com/gatesofragetheopening

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Lyra

March 24, 2010

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Band: Lyra
Circa: 1987-1989
Genre: Rock Cover band
Home: Chatham

Members:
Scott Barnes – Vocals
Steve “Skull” Saunders - Guitar
Mark Devries – Guitar
Dave Davidson – Bass
Brad Ondrovcik – Drums

The above pictures were taken at the Aberdeen in Chatham.

  Notes:
  Brad went on to play with Sweet FA, Rockus (later called Blu Bones) and then Legend Killers. As of 2010, he drums for ’63 Monroe
  Steve  moved away and became a touring/gigging musician. Among others, he has played with Thunder Circus, The Flu, Killer Dwarfs, Fear Disorder, Mike Reno, Jimi Jamison, Alan Frew and Revolver. He has played in about 5o different bands over the years as of 2010.
  Scott Barnes plays for the band ‘Teethen Freeks’  Circa 2010.
  Dave went on to play in (among others) Tangled Puppet (mid 90′s), Manpower, and 7th Reign before moving away in the late 2000′s.

Visit Steve’s website here.
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South West Dirt in 2007

March 20, 2010


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Band: Southwest Dirt
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2007
Genre: Rock

Members:
Mike Copley
– vocals
Alex Polowick  (Aug) – guitar (Blenheim)
Gavin Dawson – bass
Simon Coleman – drums

Former Members:
Nate Spicer – lead guitarist (2002 to 2006)

  The group formed in the spring of 2002 as a soulful solid rock band called Southwest Dirt. They started off covering the likes of ZZ TOP, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and other great acts.
  From 2002-2006 they played heavily at bars, parties, Stag & Does, and other events. During those first four years, Nate Spicer was the lead guitarist for the band. 
  In 2007, the band began to shift to writing and playing original music. It began when Mike (Vocals) entered the studio in 2007 to record an original entitled “Simple Times”. The song was played often on the Rock95.1FM Indie Show. The song was recorded with the help of Bob Hiltz (Bass), Jason Guttridge (Drums), and  Aug (guitar).

Visit them online here

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Southwest Blues Review 2009

March 17, 2010

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Band: Southwest Blues Review
CD Release: Under the Covers
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Genre: Blues

Members:
Tony Meriano – Drums
Aug Polowick – Guitar
Rob Watson – Guitar / Vocals -
John Gardiner – Bass
Byron Brunton – Harmonica / Trumpet
Leia Weaver – Vocals

Pictures:
Live band pic above: (L-R) – Aug, John, Leia, Tony, Rob, Byron.(Ridgetown 2009)
Drum pic: Tony setting up his pink drums for a gig, talking with his good friend Dennis Tatchell. 

The CD: A collection of 10 tracks of old and modern groovy blues standards.   

Notes: “The Southwest Blues Review formed in spring 2006, bringing together talent from all corners of the county.  From Ridgetown, Leia Weaver and Rob Watson made the journey to meet in Cedar Springs at Barnyard Studios with Tony Meriano and Aug Polowick, The band was brought together thanks to the vision of John Gardiner from Wallaceburg.  A year later, they firmed up the lineup with the addition of Byron Brunton of Blenheim.  
 
The Southwest Blues Review became a local favourite for community festivals, fundraisers, art openings and any all around good time.  Their influences and inspirations include Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall, Etta James, Motown and Stax sounds, the Downchild Blues Band, Daddy Longlegs, Irma Thomas and many many more. 
 
The Southwest Blues Review lost their drummer and founding member Tony to a sudden illness in 2010. 

Below is a link to an external video of the bands perfomance at Ribfest in Tecumseh Park, July 2009. Links works as of March 2010.
http://www.youtube.com/user/agridome#p/u/4/u76GnXlzDB8

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Fred S Stone 1899

March 17, 2010

Fred S. Stone

Musician: Fred S. Stone
Year: 1899
Song: Bos’n Rag
Genre: Ragtime
Home Town: Chatham Ontario Canada

  First use of the word Ragtime appears in the song title “Ma Ragtime Baby” by Fred Stone in 1893.
  Fred S. Stone was a cross-border phenomenon in the music world, famous in both Detroit and Canada.
  Fred started composing pieces for publication in 1895, mostly dance numbers, but hit it big in 1898 with Ma Ragtime Baby, further increasing sales when his brother Charles added words for a song version. The following year he made a splash with Bos’n Rag. Between this and his considerable musicianship he quickly gained the respect of musicians throughout Detroit.

The video below is of Philippe Lernould (France) performing Bos’n Rag by Fred S. Stone. This version is circa 2007.Thanks to Mr. Lernould for letting us use his video.


If video does not appear, watch it here.

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3 East Band 1991

March 11, 2010

Band: 3 East
Release: Idiocracy Experiment
Year: 1991
Format: Cassette Tape
Genre: Hard Rock, Metal
Home: Sarnia

Chatham Connection: Singer Chris Young moved to Sarnia from Chatham after high school. He had played in a few underground bands here during high school. He ended up recording a few demo releases with 3 East. Chris’s brother Charles (Chuck Young) stayed in Chatham and became the drummer for Foster Child, The Janet Theory, FL3P, Dead Girls Union, and Face For Radio (as of 2010). Chris’s Dad (Randy “Mr. Chatham“) is a bass player and has played in many bands including Rebel & Texas.

Members:
Chris Young – guitar/vocals
Chris Hamlin – guitar
Brett Savory – drums
Matt Keefe – Bass

Tracks:
01 Possessed
02 Life Without Existence
03 Cup Of Madness
04 Mother
05 Of Course
06 Going Sane
07 Cry For Justice
08 Butterfly Of Death
09 Teds & Ednas

Notes: When having to come up with a genre, they consider themselves power metal. The good vibe about this band is the humour. They had allot of fun and were a great group of guys. Sometimes they would just write a goofy little song to a heavy riff and it worked. The sarcasim was working for them. 3 East worked hard to create events and shows within the underground scene and gained support from the punk movement as well. The guys were young when they wrote these demos.

Play Video preview below for clips from this release.

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Ground Zero 1985

March 11, 2010

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Band: Ground Zero
Year: 1985
Formed: 1983
Style: Popular music of the times
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Diane Stephen- vocals
Mark Wolfe - Drums
Marc Haslip – Bass, Vocals

Diane took over vocal duties. She also was the singer for Red Herring in the 1990’s.  Mark replaced John McMahon on drums this same year.
  The band had some of the best players in town.

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Appliances Band

March 11, 2010

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Band: Appliances (The)
Circa: 1987

Members: (L-R)
Marc Haslip – Bass, Vocals
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Mark Wolfe – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Guitars

  The band was listed for show dates in 1985, but the picture is from circa 1987. This band was a working bar band and were always booked reflecting the times when there was lots of work for a commercial rock band.

 Throughout that time, Tom Lockwood focused his creative energies mostly on solo guitar, creating the material that later came out on his solo recordings “Passion Flower” and “Steamline”.

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Ground Zero 1983

March 11, 2010

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Band: Ground Zero
Circa: 1983-84
Style: Popular music of the times
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
(From left to right)

Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Diane Sasso – vocals
John Mcmahon – Drums
Marc Haslip – Bass, Vocals

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3 East Release Subject To Change

March 10, 2010

 

Band: 3 East
Release: Subject To Change
Year: 1993
Format: Cassette Tape
Genre: Hard Rock, Metal
Home: Sarnia

Chatham Connection: Singer Chris Young moved to Sarnia from Chatham after high school. He had played in a few underground bands here during high school. He ended up recording a few demo releases with 3 East. Chris’s brother Charles (Chuck Young) stayed in Chatham and became the drummer for Foster Child, The Janet Theory, FL3P, Dead Girls Union, and Face For Radio (as of 2010).

Members:
Chris Young – guitar/vocals
Chris Hamlin – guitar
Brett Savory – drums
Matt Keefe – Bass

Notes: When having to come up with a genre, they consider themselves power metal. The good vibe about this band is the humour. They had allot of fun and were a great group of guys. Sometimes they would just write a goofy little song to a heavy riff and it worked. The sarcasim was working for them. 3 East worked hard to create events and shows within the underground scene and gained support from the punk movement as well. The guys were young when they wrote these demos.

Tracks:
01 Belonging Kind
02 Life Without Existence
03 Cup Of Madness
04 Lost In Darkness
05 Insanity…My Domain
06 Through My Eyes
07 Puddle Of Memories
08 Chaotic Death
10 Eastern Winds
11 Shitty Day

Watch Video/Audio Preview Below

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OHara Brothers Band 2010

March 10, 2010

Band: O’Hara Brothers Band (The)
Year: 2010
Hometown: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock, Adult

Members:
Toby O’Hara – Vocals, Bass
Jeff ‘Mifflin – guitars, saxophone, B. vox
Clancy O’Hara – Piano, organ, guitar, B.vox
Rod Beaudry – drums, supporting vocals, percussion

Notes: The band released their first CD in 2003 entitled “Small Town Metaphors”. Although all the members have a rich history with various bands before this, it is worth noting that the band really rolled in this direction from its roots as “the Flaming O’Hara’s”. In 1993, the Flaming O’Hara’s released a CD that included Clancy & Toby.
 The group played Jersey’s many times during 2009 along with shows in other cities.

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Assume No Order 2010

March 9, 2010

Artist: Assume No Order
Release: Nothing More
Resides: Toronto
Home Town: Chatham

Assume No Order is a solo experimental/instrumental project by Nigel Barylewicz.

Tracks
01 Heavy Game
02 False Start
03 First One Of The Day
04 Why Are We Yelling
05 Speaking Of This Heat
06 The Chicken Wing
07 Nothing More
08 Bug Me Anytime You Want
09 Red Amber Ale

Visit Nigel online here or here.

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The Golden Eagles 2009

March 8, 2010

Band: The Golden Eagles
Release: The Gold Album
Year: 2009
Formed: Early 2008
Home: Windsor/ Chatham-Kent

Members:
Jamie Reaume – Vocals and guitar.
Neil Tupling – Bass (ex-Lost Souls Division)
Geoff Yunker – drums.

 Notes: Some of you may know singer songwriter Jamie Reaume from his previous band Foreign Film Star, or saw him play a solo acoustic show  in Chatham or Windsor. He used to often play at the Elephant’s Nest and other venues while growing up in Chatham.
 Jamie is currently living in the Windsor area and his new band involves musicians from there as well.
   This is a great indie CD worth checking out. Their first single “Cell Phone” is a great indication of jamie improving consistently with his song writing and song structures. This track alone shows signs of a band who gets it and has worked hard to drop tracks that simply rock without trying to over play, be too artsy, or too safe.

Track Listing
01 Cell Phone
02 See You Coming
03 Bird Of Prey
04 Go
05 Surfing At The Circus
06 Don’t Wanna Know
07 Twenty Something
08 Dr Shark’s Leather Couch
09 The Duke

The Gold Album was recorded from November 2008 to March 2009 at Sharktank Studios in Windsor, Ontario and was engineered, mixed and mastered by Mark Plancke. The album features guest appearances from Sara Hines as Sally, Mark Plancke as Dr. Shark and Jose Ramirez as El Diablo.

Watch the CD preview video below.

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Visit them online here or here.

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Wilf Lancaster Orchestra 1938

March 7, 2010

Band: Wilf Lancaster Orchestra
Formed:  1938
Genre: Big Band

Pic 1: Circa 1939-40   Pic 2: Unknown date   Pic 3: Chatham Vocational School (Date Unknown)

  The band began as an 8-piece but had to disband as the war was breaking out. The group later reunited in 1945. They would perform 3-4 nights a week to 700-800 people at the Pyranon Ballroom a night. The war was over and dancing was popular as the soldiers came back and the girls once again had dates.
   The band gained much respect and drew fans of the music from far and wide. They would also share the stage with acts from out of town such as “the world’s fastest drummer”…Buddy Rich.
  After the initial start, the band was commonly playing as a 12 piece orchestra.
  Wilf Lancaster retired in 1970 as leader of Chatham’s best known orchestral group.

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