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No More Moments to play new music opening for SNFU

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Siksika Reserve based punk band No More Moments are not only excited to open  SNFU’s Oct. 2 show at the Moose Hall but are just glad to be coming back to Lethbridge to play an all ages show.No More Moments open for SNFU , Oct. 2 Photo submitted

“We were supposed to play a show in Lethbridge in April, but  there were some complications. We were there, but we didn’t  play,” said No More Moments drummer/ vocalist Carlin Black Rabbit, who is joined by guitarist Brandon Darko, vocalist Quarthon and bassist Dallas.

“So we want to make it up to all the people who were there to see us. And when the  we got the offer to open  for SNFU, there was no way we could say no. I grew up listening to those guys,” Black Rabbit said.

“We’ve been focusing on playing all all ages shows in the fall, because students are back in school in Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton, though we do play bar shows. Bu all ages shows are more real. And hall shows are more intimate with all of these kids there having a the best time of their lives, it  makes it better for us,” he said, noting they will be playing the first set of the night.

He is excited to see punk rock veterans like SNFU, D.O.A. And Dayglo Abortions touring.
“It’s nice to see all those old punk bands still playing. They used to play them all the time on CJSW ( The University of Calgary radio station) and they are probably why I decided to be in a punk band rather than a metal band,” Black Rabbit continued, adding No More Moments has been playing for eight years.
They are working on their new full length album “ Still Going.”


ArtsDays, punk, drama and laughter this week

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The streets are alive with art this week as most of the activity this week is centred around Casa and ArtsDays. There will be a cornucopia of music, visual art, drama and performances happening throughout the week.
But there a couple of excellent  shows will be rocking September to a close.

36? return to lethbridge to play the owl Acoustic Lounge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 A slew of Toronto based in die rock bands play Studio, Sept. 30 when Tokyo Police Club, The Elwins and Born Ruffians will be performing. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance.
 If you like punk, be at the Moose Hall where Hamilton, Ontario punk/ garage rock duo Artificial Dissemination will be performing with East Vancouver’s Spree Killers and local punk band the Space Wolves and Paint the Damage. There is a$10 cover for the show. which begins at 9.

 October opens with a couple excellent punk and metal shows. Over at the Eagles Hall, on Oct. 1 annual extreme metal festival Zombiefest V features  several bands including Calgary metal band Ye Goat Herd Gods, Saskatoon black/death metal duo Lutheran, Morley based brutal death metal band Dethgod and local punk/ metal band Chernoff, Pathetic and Cultist, plus Edmonton death metal band Display of Decay. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

 The Moose Hall host another great punk show, Oct. 2. Canadian punk legends SNFU return to Lethbridge with a wicked lineup including Vancouver’s the Jolts, Medicine Hat metal band Western Death and No More Moments. Tickets are 20 in advance from Blueprint, $25 at the door. The show begins at 9 p.m.


MonkeyJunk experiment with new sounds on next CD

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Steve Marriner is excited to bring a little MonkeyJunk and a whole lot of blues back to Lethbridge for two shows at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 3 and 4.

“We’ve been doing a lot of touring, same as usual. We played the Calgary blues festival, which was the closest we got to Lethbridge,” Marriner said from the road just outside of Regina.
 Since their last visit to Lethbridge, MonkeyJunk jamming with Cousin harley. Photo by Richard Amerythe Juno award winning Ottawa based blues/rock trio released  a CD “Moon Turn Red,” and recorded their fifth album “It’s Time To Roll” for Stony Plain Records, which will be released, Nov. 4.

“It‘s technically our Cd release tour even though it doesn’t come out until Nov.4. But we’ll be playing all the songs from it and we’ll have some copies of it,” he said.
 The Alberta tour includes a lot of dates in the same city, including three in Calgary including the NineSix for Even Strength music festival and at Park 96 Community Centre and two at the Ironwood and the two in Lethbridge at the Geomatic Attic.

“It’s nice because we don’t have to move around so much. We do enough of that. And on our day off we’re going to Banff because our drummer Matt Sobb’s birthday is then and he loves the mountains,” Marriner said, noting he is driving across Canada with his dad on this tour.

“He’s never driven across the country before. I spend so much time away from home and away from family, it’s nice to be able to have some father -son time. The other guys are flying. Matt has some family business back home and Tony (Dietodoro, lead guitarist) has been in Edmonton for a week. His partner is there, so he likes to spend as much time as he can with her,” he said.
 They are taking some time for themselves in preparation for an extremely busy year in support of  the new CD.

“We’re really proud of it. We did it a little differently. We wrote, recorded and mixed it in two weeks. We’ve taken a year to do the other CDs,” he said.
“We  wanted a little more spontaneity and we wanted it to be  a little more raw,” he said adding  the music goes back to some of the band more blues and rock and roll influences.
 And the trio, which has always been adamantly against having a bass in the band, decided to add some to the new music.
“And I’m even playing some bass guitar on it. Looking back,  we have a different perspective. A lot of  our songs could have benefitted from having bass on them. But the band’s identity used to be the band without a bass. But the band‘s identity is strong enough to be changed,” he said, adding they still aren’t using a bass on tour.
“We’re just adapting the new music to the three -piece,” he said.


Tokyo Police Club returning with Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness parts 1 and 2

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 Newmarket, Ontario born pop rock/ indie rock band Tokyo Police Club sure know how to write an ear-worm.

Tokyo Police Club return to Lethbridge, Sept. 30. Photo Submitted
 You can hear a couple of songs from their new EPs “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness on the Radio like “Not My Girl” “PCH” and their latest from part 2 of Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness “ My House,” and older hits “Hot Tonight,” “ Breakneck Speed and “Argentina.”

 They will be playing those and a lot more at Studio, Sept. 30 with The Elwins and the Born Ruffians, both who the band has known when they started out.

“I don’t think there will be anything people don’t want to hear. You won’t go away wishing you heard something you didn’t. We’ll cover all of the albums,” said drummer Greg Alsop from the depth of a “bunker-like” storage unit in Chicago where he and bandmates, frontman/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/ guitarist Graham Wright and guitarist Josh Hook are sorting out the last minute details for  a long tour including both American and Canadian dates.

 They are excited to return to Lethbridge.
“I remember the last time it was really cold and we really didn’t want to leave the bus or the hotel room. So we’re just excited to tour in the fall, so we can actually get out and see some of the places we’re going,” he said.

 The band members are living all over the continent pursuing creative projects outside the band.
Monks moved to New York City and put out a solo record, while Alsop moved to Los Angeles to produce records with other artists, Wright stayed in Toronto to work on a film and Hook settled in rural Ontario on a patch of land.

 That meant they had to be more focused when it came time to record the two new Eps “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness Part 1, which was released in the spring and part 2 which will be released in a week.

“We literally put the final nail in the Eps a month ago,” he said, adding it is way too early to start thinking about their next project.


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