Last night (Friday, April 18) was another fantastic night celebrating local music for Midday Records, 95.5 WBRU, Narragansett Beer, and Mardi Gras MultiClub Presents: The Sweet Release, The Skinny Millionaires, The Brother Kite, & The Morgana Phase at Mardi Gras in Cranston, RI
The Sweat Release kicked off the night and we can say that everything you have been hearing about The Sweet Release is true. Musically, they borrow from 70’s punk, hard rock, and some classic rock. Frontman, Austin Sheridan is a combination of Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop with a dash of GG Allin (without all the self-mutilation, defecation, and beating up fans). And we don’t say that lightly. Austin brings the sex, controversy and provocation, and one hell of a performance. When you see them you’ll either get it or you won’t. You’ll either love them or hate them. There is no in between.
Up next were The Skinny Millionaires. Anyone who saw Mike O’Donnell play an acoustic set at The Midday Social and were expecting a similar sound with some drums, as we were, were in for a surprise. Mike gave an amazing performance at The Social but the full band brought more of a punk rock element to the table. They describe themselves as folk rock n roll and while their is plenty of rock there is also plenty of good old fashion punk. Especially in how they approach their backing vocals and harmonies. Pure bliss.
Things shifted gears when The Brother Kite took the stage. Incredibly tight and absolutely beautiful. Last time we saw them was over at Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI opening for Civil Twilight. They’ve been around for some time and are just one of those bands that capture the beauty of local, independent music. Their sound is ethereal at times and rhythmic at others. As a musician watching other acts you often unintentionally zone in on the strengths as well as the weaknesses. There were no weaknesses. These guys are damn near flawless. Interesting and beautiful guitar work, extremely tight rhythm section, and vocals with harmonies that were spot on. I heard elements of Arcade Fire, Death Cab, and even some Cure (good Cure) in the lead lines of some of their older material.
The Morgana Phase were up last. These guys pull from post-hardcore with some punk/emo. It was definitely evident before they covered a Taking Back Sunday song that they were heavily influenced by them and bands like Brand New. They gave a very energetic performance, engaging the crowd and getting every last person in the venue up on their feet. Could not have asked for a better closing to the night
The great thing about events like this, other than the performances, is hanging out and getting to know artists. We spent much of the night hanging with Mike O’Donnell of The Skinny Millionaires, a man who is as sincere as he is polarizing at times. And while we won’t go into details, we want to publicly give props to The Sweet Release for their willingness to step up and do whatever it took to make the night a success and run smoothly.
Thanks to the BRU crew for coming out and giving away some great swag and for their continued support of local artists. Also, thanks to 95.5 WBRU and Narragansett Beer for sponsoring the event and their help promoting. Thanks to Mardi Gras for hosting these events and allowing Midday to bring in local artists. Also, thanks to our friends from Providence Night Out, 990Wbob.com, Downcity Armory, and The October Accord for constantly coming out to support local artists and our events.
This Saturday at Mardi Gras in Cranston, RI! Midday Records Presents: Fairhaven, War Games, Sic Vita & Weld Square! You can hear ads running on 95.5 WBRU. This is gonna be one amazing night of music! Don’t miss it!
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Thanks to every one that came out to The Spot Underground last night in Providence, RI for Midday Records Presents Satellites Fall, Kids Felix (Southern New Jersey), Joe Marson (Brooklyn, NY), Paryah (RI), & The October Accord (MA). All the bands played spectacular sets! We packed that venue and can’t thank you all enough for helping make the night such a success. Special thanks to Pat from PALS for helping out by working the door.
Satellites Fall recently released their new single “Strange New Day” from their upcoming EP, “Pascal’s Wager”!
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The last few days we have had the honor of being around some amazing people and watching some of the greatest acts New England has to offer. We all knew we would eventually be giving a long winded recap. And as per usual, we will tag every band, promoter, venue, etc. in the hopes that even one person checking this post out clicks on them and discovers something amazing.
Let it begin:
Saturday night we caught SixTenConnector, PALS and Viking Jesus – Kris Hansen over at Cat’s (Pawtucket, RI). We, unfortunately, missed The Skinny Millionaires set and arrived as SixTenConnector were performing. (It is rare that we miss the opening band but sometimes when commuting from MA to RI you just do not time things properly! Skinny Millionaires are a Rhode Island staple in the folk rock scene and we strongly urge you to check them out.) SixTenConnector were a few songs into their set and there was definitely a feeling of instant regret for missing out on those first few tunes. These guys have been in the studio for some time and for months we have been hounding them for tracks. After watching their set, we are about to break into whatever secret lair these recordings are hold up in (Indiana Jones style) and confiscate them for the good of the world. Seriously, this is one top notch rock outfit.
Viking Jesus took the stage next with a level of talent that is simply awe inspiring. It is something else to watch Nick Iddon (who also plays in Malyssa & The Liberators) on drums and George Dussault (who also performs with The Rhythm Room & owns/operates Galilee Productions) on guitar. And, of course, Kris Hansen’s vox were spot on. It was one of those sets that no matter how many songs they played it just was not enough. We were so impressed with their performance that if Midday decides to start a Management and Booking division, they will be the first door we are knocking on.
PALS closed the night out with a set of prog-rock like no other. PALS, fronted by Pat Keister, have been working the scene relentlessly. One of the few bands that promote as hard as we do. Needless-to-say, we have a deep respect for them. And that work ethic is paying off for them. We have seen them perform quite a few times and their set just keeps getting tighter and tighter. They have a confidence on stage that only comes from the experiences of tirelessly working the club and venue circuit. They have also been getting a lot of love from local radio stations 94 HJY and 990WBOB. Much deserved.
Monday night we headed over to The Spot Underground on Richmond Street in Providence, RI for another amazing night of music and comedy brought to you by our good friends (and one of Rhode Islands biggest internet radio stations) 990WBOB. Every Monday they have acts perform for a series titled Mondays On Blast. The entire event is broadcasted live over their station. Mondays line up was pure, straight-forward rock and roll featuring I Was Awake, SixTenConnector, Pistol Shot Gypsy, and Those Alone.
The Spot is quickly becoming a home away from home for us. Especially on Mondays for 990WBOB‘s events. Upon arriving to The Spot it is like showing up to a family gathering. A chance to see some of your extended musician family. This Monday night was no different. As we arrived the parking lot was full. Walking up to the door we spot some of the guys from Viking Jesus, Dave from 13 Folds Magazine, and the 990WBOB crew chatting with the guys from Torn Shorts and Northern Lands. After hanging outside for a few we ventured up to the club. One of the greatest things about walking into The Spot, besides that it is such a beautiful venue, is the familiar faces. We instantly spot Tim Batty, a local artist who sets up a table with his work every Monday night. We head to bar for our first round only to be greeted by Amanda (smile and all), who fronts Consuelo’s Revenge and also tends bar at The Spot. Before we can even make it into the main room to watch I Was Awake‘s set we are stopped by Todd Bowes from Downcity Armory and The Difference Engine. This packed venue was quickly becoming a who’s who of the New England music scene as we said hello to Kim of The 24 Hour Music Project, Nina from BB Entertainment, Rob Duguay of GoLocalProv/WBOB, Nathan from Vintage 1861, and then were surprised by our very own David Begin of Satellites Fall. A quick round of shots with the great Josh Willis, The Spots “Artistic Director”, and onto the show.
I Was Awake kicked the night off with one energetic set. We have featured these guys on our compilation series in the past but had not had a chance to check them out live yet. What a way to start the night. Their guitar work brings a prog element to their sound but they walk the line of rock, prog and even indie/alt very nicely. And singer Chris Harvey gave one hell of a performance. It sort of felt like we were watching some of the punk/hardcore bands we all used to love, like Thursday. He has that sort of look and energy. Perfect for the stage!
Between sets we ran into even more of New England’s heavyweights. Al from ALMA MALA (formerly of Kanerko) & Alicia from New England Promotions, Jeff & Jodi from Echoes of Petra (an absolutely amazing band), Naomi from The Can’s Nots, Jess & Pat from Nymphidels, some of our favorite people walking this planet, and then looking across the room we see the familiar site of Lisa Gourley with her trusty camera in hand. Heading back into the main room for the start of Those Alone‘s set we spotted our good friend, Marc Clarkin, from Motif Magazine and decided to crowd his personal space for a while to watch the rest of the bands.
Those Alone took the stage next. These guys have more of a 90’s hard rock and grunge sound. Something they do very well. If you are a fan of artists like Alice In Chains than definitely check these guys out. They played a great set and we will be catching them live again soon.
Next, a break for some comedy. Doug Key brought the funny and introduced the lineup of some up and coming comedians. There are times the shift from music to comedy can be difficult. Not the case for this lineup. These comedians had the room in stitches from beginning to end.
Pistol Shot Gypsy were up next. They decided to play an acoustic set which initially had a few people in the room scratching their heads since this was such an energetic rock show. Energetic, straight-forward rock is where Pistol Shot Gypsy excels. And they were given such a great stage to bring it. Their fb posts often attest to their “tearing roofs off buildings” and “blowing holes in the sky” at their shows, well… none of that changed here. Not even the lack of electric instruments can keep these guys from rocking the house. Ronnie’s voice was as soulful as ever. A stripped down set will not even tame that beast. The man can hit notes that other vocalists only dream about. And their recent addition of rhythm guitarist, Steve, (formerly of Stealing Gadsby) fills their sound nicely. They played a killer set. (Oh, and on a side note, not sure if we had a chance to congratulate their drummer, Stevie, on his recent wedding. Congrats man!) PSG also handed me their new CD “Better Late Than Never” which I instantly gave away. I handed it right to Marc from Motif Magazine and politely said, “You need to review this”.
Last up were SixTenConnector. This time we caught their set from start to finish. What a perfect way to close out the evening. They killed it! Rock n’ Roll at its finest. Most the members of the band have been in previous hard rock acts from the area and we are thankful they are still going strong. It is a pleasure to watch these guys live. Their crew is made up of some of the nicest and most appreciative people in the scene. They have come out to every one of our Midday Social events. They will actually be competing on Friday, August 16th at Platforms on Poe Street in Providence, RI as part of the “Perform at The Midday Social” contest brought to you by Midday Records. They will be performing in front of our celebrity industry panel of judges which includes Scarpetti from 94 HJY (host of SoundCheck and The Metal Zone), Marc Clarkin from Motif Magazine, and Denny Rochefort from General Assembly. (A local promoter).
New England nightlife is good to us. These artists, bands, venues, promoters, etc. work extremely hard so we can get nights out like this. Let us never take that for granted.
Hailing from Boston, MA, Vary Lumar is an indie electronic band with a lush atmospheric sound. You can downloadtheir track “Hold It Against Me” for FREE. See them live at Radio in Somerville, MA with Arto Vaun, All Echoes Returnand Joe Turner & the Seven Levels on Friday, July 26.
The latest compilation in our New England Indie Alt Rock series is here! Download series VI “Voices from the Edge” for FREE today! 18 amazing artists including tracks by Vary Lumar, The Year Million, Cancer Killing Gemini, the ‘mericans, Western Education, Viking Jesus – Kris Hansen, Malyssa & the Liberators, TOTEM, Plumerai, Count Zero, The Ballroom Thieves, Nothing To No One,Death by Fame, Beneath the Sheets, Pray For Polanski, When Particles Collide, and I Was Awake!
Our band of the week is Fly Kite Canvas from Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
The origins of the band now known as Fly Kite Canvas can be traced back to the fall of 2009. Comprised of friends Chris Cooney (vocals/keyboard), Donald Larson (guitar), Jacob Telford (bass/vocals) and Zack Rego (drums), the band performed under the name Scarlet, and quickly gained a local following with their unique sound and fresh compositions, profoundly mature for a band of such a young age. They remained active for the rest of their high school years, releasing an EP in the summer of 2010, and continuing to win over audiences show after show.
When it came time for college, rather than parting ways, the band stuck together, sacrificing their weekends for practices and gigs. Since then, their dedication has not wavered. Countless hours of writing, practicing, and performing has only strengthened the dynamic of the young quartet.
With a sound that’s as imaginative and colorful as the name its given, Fly Kite Canvas combines powerful, tightly wound instrumentals with passionate vocals, creating songs that are inherently interesting and honest, sure to resonate with any listener. With a brand new release on the way, 2013 looks to be a promising year for this young group of musicians.
When Fly Kite Canvas won the 2013 Rhode Show Big Break Contest. This song was featured in a Cardis’ Furniture commercial that aired during the American Idol finale. It also their first official release under their new name.