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Manvils to premiere new music in Lethbridge

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Jay Koenderman, Greg Buhr and Mikey Manville, aka  Vancouver based punk/ power-pop band the Manvils play Lethbridge so often, they should be considered honourary Lethbridgians.

The Manvils return  to lethbridge on Sunday. Photo by Richard Amery However they are looking forward to returning this Sunday to the Slice, Sept. 26 to play a gig with Miesha and the Spanks.
They are adjusting well to life as a three piece.

“We’ve been playing as a three piece since last August. There was a bit of uncertainty at first, but you also have to listen to what people are telling you at the shows. And it is a lot more streamlined now,” said vocalist/ guitarist Mikey Manville, just returning home  from Chicago where he was visiting family and working on  both solo demos and demos  for the Manvils’ next CD.

“We’ve written about a quarter of our new record. After the tour, for the next five or six months, we’ll have our noses to the grindstone writing and recording.”

They have been concentrating on writing as a threesome, which means the band is looking forward to introducing three new songs to Lethbridge, “Black Tornado,” “Hot Volcano-like” and “Castaway,” which he hopes will be on the band’s next CD , which they will put out next year hopefully with Limblifter and Age of Electic’s Ryan Dahle producing again. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:59 ) Read more...

White Cowbell Oklahoma look forward to new tour and live CD

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When you talk to Clem T. Clemson of White Cowbell Oklahoma, you never know if he is going to talk about flying a testosterone powered dirigible over Brooks and freeing all the cattle, or  bringing a Tesla powered speaker system to avoid blowing out the Slice speakers a couple visits ago, or about their “feedbag pizza,” and he always loves talking about the time the band drew protesters to a show outside the Tongue N’ Groove, but it is always unusual when he is semi-serious.


The Toronto based southern rockers are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge after a  year of spreading their “message of testosterone and profanity,” across the world.White Cowbell Oklahoma are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery


“We have two massive tours coming up including the Rockstar Uproar tour where we be playing stadiums and enormo-domes,” said guitarist/ singer Clem T. Clemson.


“Then it will be White Cowbell Oklahoma versus Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz in a Battle Royale with the Schomberg Fair,” he continued adding they are also hard at work on a new live CD from a tour in Germany several years ago, which will be called  “Viva Live Locos.”


“We don’t do things normally, the way other people do, because this CD has people who aren’t in the band anymore. There’s lots of songs from the first two albums and our first out of print CDs. And we’re playing songs we don’t play anymore,” he said.


“There’s interesting songs like Frank Zappa’s ‘Magic Fingers,” he said they are also looking at putting out a live DVD.

“We’ve got 10 years of filth  on tapes and film reels to look at. We’ve had a lot of White Cowbell Oklahoma’s record of destruction, ” he continued adding in the meantime, until the new live CD  is released in about a month, they  have been releasing old demos, and live tracks from the early years of their career through their website as free downloads.


“We’ve been releasing old bootlegs, for people who are really into them, like women who have slept with us,” he said.

“Some of them, like Meatbag, which is actually about meat, we’ve barely played once, because when we played it we threw meat at the audience and they threw it back at us and it was a health threat. And we’re a self-governing organization,” he said. 


“But we’re taking a break just so we can play the Slice and see if they have that pizza named after us,” he said of the band’s Sept. 23 gig at the Slice.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 September 2010 11:48 ) Read more...

Delhi2Dublin almost overshadowed by the Boogie Patrol

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Yuri Ihari and Rotten Dan work up a sweat at the Slice, Sept. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
A busy week of full house shows kicked off with a blast on Tuesday as Delhi2Dublin returned to Lethbridge to heat up the Slice, Sept. 14.
Delhi2Dublin played a typically energetic and sweaty set featuring fetching fiddle player Kytami which fused hip hop with a variety of world music and rock into a whirlwind of energy and dancing. Guitarist / Electronic Sitarist Andrew Kim sported a Slayer T-Shirt while playing his guitar with a  violin bow.
 But I was more impressed with Edmonton blues/ R and B band Boogie Patrol, who made their Lethbridge debut and who deserve their own headlining show. I rave about a lot of bands, but the Boogie Patrol was something special. I haven’t been this impressed by a band in a long time — they had the energy and musical chops to spare.
They showed what is so great about the blues — it is meant to take your troubles off your mind and your mind off your troubles, which is exactly what the Boogie Patrol did in an intensely sweaty and energetic set of blues and soul.
Last Updated ( Monday, 20 September 2010 00:04 ) Read more...

The Pack A.D. came back to rock the Turncoats

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The Pack A.D. came back to Lethbridge, Friday, Sept. 10.

The Pack A.D. won over new fans at the Slice, Sept, 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 In an odd billing that seemed to work, the Vancouver blues-punk duo opened for local alt-country stalwarts, The Turncoats, to perform for a full house.


 Some of the Turncoats fans in the audiences were amazed by the raw power and leather lunged vocals of Pack A.D. guitarist Becky Black and by Maya Miller’s thunderous drumming, but didn’t do much except stare in awe, until Miller cajoled them to get out of their seats.


They had the audience properly warmed up midway through their set and a few more people jumping around in front of the stage by the end, which ended with Black’s tortured blues slide guitar playing and gut/ throat wrenching howls.


The Turncoats’ Andrew Scott gets into the music. Photo by Richard Amery

They played a variety of familiar songs from their latest CD “We Kill Computers” including “B.C. is on Fire,” as well as the new singles “Deer” and ”Crazy.”


The Turncoats had the crowd from their first twanging country-rock note.

Bassist Paul Holden and drummer Kyle Harmon locked in and proved to be one of the tightest rhythm sections in town providing a perfect bed for some hot country fried guitar licks and a surprisingly ’60s feel as Andrew Scott belted out the band’s tunes.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Matt Epp sings pretty melodies to full house

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Matt Epp sang  great melodies at the Slice, Sept. 9. Photo by Richard Amery

The Slice also had a full house, Thursday for Matt Epp, who returned to Lethbridge to entertain a sedate crowd with his popular and original easy-going folk/pop music. Opening act Korri Woelke  played an enjoyably mellow set of original folk and called Epp on stage for her last song.

Epp returned the favour mid-way though his set by bringing her back on stage to sing back-up.


Matt Epp and his band the Amorian Assembly enraptured the crowd and tried in vain to get them singing  from the beginning to “When the Sun  Falls Down,” but eventually got them cheering. Epp beamed ear-to ear throughout a set of catchy indie-pop music.


 Matt had a marvelous melodic voice and  the bassist had his groove going on. The audience hung on his every word, hypnotized by the muse.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:22 )
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