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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.


Elwins joining old friends Tokyo Police Club on tour

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Toronto area pop rock band the Elwins wok as hard as they play and have a lot of fun doing it.

The Elwins open for Tokyo Police Club this week. photo by Richard Amery
They return to Lethbridge, Sept. 30 to play Studio with long time friends The Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians.

“ I think you can count on one hand the number of times we’ve played with them, (Tokyo Police Club) but we‘ve been friends for a long time. We went to the same high school and grew up in the same town. So it’s going to be exciting,” said Elwins frontman Matthew Sweeney. Drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist / keyboardist Feurd and bassist Frankie Figliomeni complete the Keswick, Ontario based band’s lineup.

 The Elwin are starting to get a little success of their own with their most recent CD “Play For Keeps.”

“We’re starting to get radio play which is good for us as we’ve been able to play lots of summer festivals this year. We also toured in Japan and Europe. So it’s been great. We’ve been having fun,” he said, adding they are also working on new music.

“It’s been fun. We’re collaborating more than ever. It will be different,” he said adding they hope to release the new CD next year, though they aren’t playing any of the new music  live.
“We want to make sure we’re comfortable with it, but we are playing new music from ‘Play for Keeps,’ And we’ve got some new covers. It will be a new show,” he continued.
 They enjoy reworking pop covers of the likes of Adele and Beyonce for a four man rock band. They released a cover of Adele’s hit “Hello.”


The Jolts amped to open for SNFU with new music

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The Jolts are ready to give Lethbridge punks a shock to their system when they open up for Canadian punk legends SNFU, Oct. 2 at The Moose Hall.The Jolts open for SNFU, Oct. 2 Photo by Sarah Whitlam
 The long standing Vancouver based punks released a new CD “No Paradoxes” before the summer and are excited to get on the road to support it
 The Lethbridge show is the only one with SNFU.

“I’m pretty excited about it.  We’re both doing tours which criss cross with each other and this was the only day that works, which is great because otherwise we’d just be sitting around on a Sunday,” said frontman/ guitarist Joey “Blitzkrieg”  Bingham, just getting home from his day job as a landscaper.

“I‘ve seen them lots of times in Vancouver, but I haven’t played on the same stage as them,” he continued adding SNFU aren’t an influence on him, though they have influenced his bandmates.

“ We’ll probably get 25 minutes or 30 minutes to play because there are a bunch of the bands on the bill. So we’ll probably play four new ones and at least one from everything we’ve recorded, which is a lot,” he said.
 The Jolts have been playing since 2004, though he is the lone original member of the band.
The new Cd  expands the band’s sound into a more rock and roll sound.
“These songs are the products of of songwriting sessions I had with the guitar player and the drummer. They weren’t jammed out, so they were the songs going through out heads at the time,” he said.
“It’s a different style than Jolts fans are used to , but they still fit in with the set especially when we amp them up and play them live,” he said.
 He is leased with the end result.


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.


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