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Weber Brothers band exploring film and books and reunite with old friends

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 The stars continue to align for Peterborough based rock band the Weber Brothers band who are always up for a new creative venture.The Weber Brothers band return to Lethbridge, Sept.11. Photo by Richard Amery
 It has been several years since they played  Lethbridge, but  they have been far from idle.


“We just put out an adult colouring book for one of our songs ‘The Last Days of the Broken Hearted Jester’ , we had a documentary done about us and we put out a Christmas movie in which we all acted for the first time. So we have three weird things we’ve been doing,” related upright bassist/vocalist Ryan Weber, who returns to the Slice, Sept. 11 with brother and guitarist Sam Weber, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Rico Browne and guitarist Emily Burgess, who is a well known solo artist her own right who used to play with the 24th street Wailers and who has a new solo album due out in November.


 Long-time drummer Emmet “Corndog” Van Etten, who relocated to Edmonton and has been playing with the Boogie Patrol will also be joining the band on this 10 date Alberta and Ontario tour.
“ Oh, and we also got to re-record “Me and Bobby McGee’ with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot and Ronnie Hawkins, ” Weber noted.
“ And that was another case where the stars just seemed to align.”


“We‘re a hard working band,”Weber understated, adding they are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge.
 The Weber Brothers band spent their early career touring with and working Ronnie Hawkins.


They released their last studio CD “We” in 2014 in addition to working on all of these other projects.
The documentary, “Before We Arrive,” arrived naturally.
“Our early manager Michael Bates filmed everything for like six or seven years from our early days up to about 2007 going back to playing with Ronnie Hawkins. Director Rob Viscardis wanted to tell our story and shot a little more footage. We didn’t tell him how to do his job because  it’s not our area of expertise, so we had to wait to see it with everybody else. I think it looks great,” Weber enthused.


“For the Christmas album, every year we used to record a couple of Christmas songs every year and sent them to friends and family. Before we knew it we had enough for an album. But we wanted to do something cool with ii to release them, so we wrote a play with the six of us in it as characters including (former band mate and slam poet) DJ Prufrock Shadowruunner. We performed it in Peterborough and released the CD,” he continued it.


“ Then we adapted it for a film,” added Rico Browne.

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Woodhawk brings sci-fi inspired ’70s rock to Lethbridge

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 Calgary based riff rock band Woodhawk are excited to make their debut at the Slice, Sept. 8 with local rock duo Cope and alternative rock trio The Supervoid.Woodhawk makes their Lethbridge debut, Sept. 8. Photo submitted


“We’ve never been to the Slice, so we’re very excited,” said guitarist vocalist Turner Midzain. Bassist Mike Badmington and  drummer Kevin Nelson complete the riff rock/ science fiction movie inspired trio.They released their first CD in 2014 and just released the latest “Beyond The Sun” earlier this year.


“We love ’70s rock like Black Sabbath, but we also like modern bands like Sword and Monster Truck,” said Midzain who formed the band in 2014.


“We like playing huge riffs,” he continued.
“ And we just want to have fun.”
The band’s lyrics are  inspired by science fiction and fantasy themes.
“We’ve named the tour ‘Woodhawk Strikes back,’ because  one of the songs on the CD is called ‘A New Hope,’ which is a Star wars reference,” he said,adding it is also one of the most popular tracks on the CD.
“We want to let people find their own vision. Our music is a nice escape,” he continued, noting he doesn’t  read a lot of science fiction.

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Lots of excellent local rock with Outrun the Arrow and Scotch Whiskey Limousine

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I haven’t seen local hard rock band Outrun the Arrow in a while, so I was pleased to have been able to catch the first part of their opening set Friday, Aug. 18 at the Slice.Bridgette and Richard Yarwood of Outrun the Arrow at the Slice, Aug. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 They had a good crowd on hand to excited to hear them plus Calgary based guitar and drum duo Chans and local rock band Scotch Whiskey Limosine, who I also haven’t seen for a few months.

Tony and Tommy Chan of the Chans, Aug. 18 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
As usual Outrun the Arrow were powered by the powerhouse vocals of Bridgette Yarwood and the jagged guitar riffs of  her big brother Richard and the rock steady rhythm section of little brother Brendon and bassist Brian Kostersky.


 Bridgette Yarwood scampered  all over the stage howling tortured multi-octave vocals into her microphone whilst grinning and chatting with the enthusiastic audience, who started a mini-mosh pit in front of the stage.


They played  a variety of old songs like “Passion for Power,” and their new single “ The Middle” as well as newer songs.


 They were called back for an encore of  Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” as she got some of the more enthusiastic audience members to howl the chorus into the microphone with her.


Chans, aka guitarist/vocalist Tony Chan and drummer/ vocalist Tommy Chan, played more  of an intense ambient indie rock, reflecting the sound of a heavier Radiohead.


Scotch Whiskey Lmousine at the Slice, Aug. 18 . Photo by Richard Amery Scotch Whisky Limousine always entertain. They played a set of original blues based rock an roll with plenty of guitar, a relentless rhythm  and a whole lot of fun.

They even added a couple keyboards and saxophone solos and had a big, deep fried Texas sound along the lines of Kenny Wayne Sheppard and the Arc Angels with a touch of Danko Jones’ fun loving rock and roll party sound.
 Their upbeat set  got the enthusiastic grown in the mood to party.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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FLIPFest opens with Bunwitch and Shiverettes

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FLIPfest opened Friday, Aug. 18 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with a special show, of which I only caught parts of.

Bunwitch playing their first gig at Flipfest at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 Saskatoon based alternative rock band Bunwitch played an impressive first gig.


 They featured jangling 12 string guitar and shared lead vocal duties.


 The band I really wanted to hear and see was Calgary’s Shiverettes, touring in support of their new CD “ Dead Men Don’t Catcall.” They wound up an energetic set of alternative rock, punk and Riot Grrl ’90s rock with the title track to their new CD as well as other highlights from it like “Missing Step.”


 Haley Muir was an affable lead singer, though guitarist Kaely Cormack sang lead vocals on a song and sang harmonies on a few others.
 They played a loud, intense, politically charged set of music  featuring feminist issues and decrying rape culture, but also with a  touch of humour as they added a Ramones’ cover, which I didn’t recognize.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
The Shiverettes’ Hayley Muir playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge for Flipfest. Photo by Richard Amery
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:37 )
 

FLIPfest features superb set from Shaela Miller Band

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 I missed most of Flipfest in Saturday, Aug. 19, but made a point of catching the Shaela Miller band’s festival closing set.

Shaela Miller playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge for FLIPfest, Aug. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
  Shalea Miller, always improves every time I see her. She dominated the stage as she sang heartfelt plaintive originals including old favourites like “Half Way in Love” and “Loving Me,” plus newer songs  like “Cheating and Lying” plus a solid cover of Ernest Tubbs’ “Thanks a Lot.” which got a good chunk of the crowd dancing.


 She had her excellent full band including steel guitarist Skinny Dyck, guitarist Evan Uschenko, drummer Tyler Bird and upright bassist Paul Holden.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:35 )
 
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