Sunday Sesh: A Local Band Expo

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Good morning my fellow Toileteers! Gather round on this fine Sunday morning as we discuss something grand!


As you all know the Toilet loves to introduce new bands to the world. Bands from across the globe and bands right in our backyards, we welcome them with open ears. Today I would like to open discussion for the ones in our backyards. In the past we have done the Best Unsigned Band in America, but I want this to be a more general chat of some stellar bands that you adore. Down below, I would like each of you to present to this worldwide community one of your favorite local bands. Don’t have any bands in your town? That is okay, give us one from your state. No bands in your state? Yes there are. DO SOME RESEARCH. Preferably a lesser known act, but not necessarily someone brand new to the scene. For example: Pantera started a few towns over from where I live so technically they are a local band, but they have reached maximum levels of success so everybody and their uncle knows their music already. Therefore they are not a band to be mentioned this day.

To have everyone on the same page: include a short (or long if you want) description of the band and their music, a facebook page and a bandcamp link if they have one. Disqus. Repeat. Easy as that!

My pick: American Sharks.

American Sharks are a power trio from the great city of Austin, Texas and play a unique blend of Punk and Rock and Roll with a tad bit of Stoner/Doom thrown in. They’ve toured with the likes of Clutch, Gwar and The Sword, so you know they’re in good company. As you can tell by their website name, sharkspartyhard.com, these dudes have a good sense of humor and deliver fast-paced party-ready tunes for you and your friends. The band is very tight, the bass growls, the drums pound and the guitar weaves Chuck Berry-esque solos (a personal favorite of mine) throughout fast and loud power chord riffs. Grab a beer, give a nice “OVERDRIVE!” yell and commence to party, or beat your head in with a lead pipe*, whichever you prefer.

 

Fast and upbeat not your style? Throw their vinyl on your turntable, play at 33 rpm and hear some ferocious doom.

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*See “XVI” lyrics


Now it is your turn! Share one of your favorite local bands, a funny story, a live performance experience, ANYTHING!

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  • Lacertilian

    Cool idea Ross!
    Can definitely hear the punk influence in there, sounds like they’d make an excellent support for Red Fang.
    Interested to hear what others have in their respective regions.

  • Lacertilian

    Cool idea Ross! Can definitely hear the punk influence in there, sounds like they’d make an excellent support for Red Fang.
    Interested to hear what others have in their respective regions.
    My submission is Adrift For Days. Used to drink beers with the vocalist as he was in a mate’s old band. Hard to describe everything they do but it’s kinda atmospheric post-psych sludge. Mick is quite a versatile vocalist and his style ranges from Ansemlo to Patton to Dax Riggs. Acid Bath and FNM were two of his biggest influences. Lachlan from Serious Beak is on guitars too. This blurb is on their bandcamp site – “For best results, listen while in the throes of a mescaline binge and lost in the pitiless freeze of the desert night air.
    FFO: Earth, Sleep, Neurosis, Pink Floyd.
    https://adriftfordays.bandcamp.com/album/come-midnight

  • EsusMoose

    Moments where being away from your current area of living for 5 years and not having known many local bands before that sucks.

  • Abradolf Lincler
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    All the local bands near me are FFDP ripoffs.

    • CAVEMAN GORAK™

      TOILETTO MOSTLY DEATHCORE!!!!!!!!!
      🙁 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      BTW, read earlier that Ted Nugent just cancelled 3 shows due to low attendance around your way, even after tickets dropped from $67 to $5. Looks like his tour’s pretty much done with before it even started.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Damnit.

        • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

          Me thinks he kinda overestimated his popularity just an eensy weensy little bit: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/ted-nugent-raves-crowd-festival-poor-attendance-article-1.2679530

          • more beer

            They cancelled Sevendust all together. It sounds like the whole thing was set up poorly.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            From what I read, Steve Tyler and Bret Michaels were doing pretty good numbers.

          • more beer

            It said they had numbers a little better. What did they expect with that lineup anyhow?

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            With Ted there, you definitely can’t bring the youngsters. And with Bach there, definitely can’t bring the old folks around. So that kinda kills off the whole family friendly atmosphere (which, looking at the pictures of the venue, is what I’m guessing they normally try to go for)!

          • more beer

            What ever it takes to keep all of those people. From playing their horrible music works for me.

      • Pierre Generic

        I thought Ted was supposed to be dead or in prison after Obummer got re-elected. He should be in prison for all the underaged girls he fucked, not his political beliefs.

        • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

          Lol, I summed it best on the Fark boards. :-p

          Salem Witch: There doesn’t seem to be a gaggle of beautiful, sexy, skinny gals clamoring in line for those $5 tickets.

          Kling_klang_bed: Ted’s talking about the group of 9 year olds who got lost and stumbled into
          there. He was about to start playing an impromptu version of “Jailbait”
          until their parents found them and got them to safety.

  • The only relevant band here is a cover band. Really fucking successful band though.

    https://www.facebook.com/myherozerolive/?fref=ts

  • BobLoblaw
  • more beer

    There are so many good local bands here. But one of my favorites is Scalafrea. I saw them Friday night and they played one hell of a set. But the list is pretty long. I will just say the local scene in Denver is thriving and full of good bands.

    • more beer

      Also these guys are very good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ndjREtAy4

    • Óðinn

      Your hometown spawned some classic bands, obviously. Remember this?…..

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLcCM8nPYQ

      • more beer

        Of course. That has been in my regular rotation since 1986.

        • Óðinn

          One of my favorite NY bands is Nuclear Assualt. Criminally underrated in my opinion.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri0_2Sa7xDo

          • more beer

            Even though they come from New Jersey.These guys were certainly part of the scene in New York back then and way underrated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQJ2LA1DHJA&index=3&list=RD5eotV6_sROg

          • Max

            I’ve always wondered what Tony Scaglione would’ve sounded like when he toured with Slayer. There is no recorded documentation of it as far as I’m aware. He was only 18 at the time.

          • more beer

            There is this the sound is horrible. But it might be some of the only documentation there is of his time on that tour.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsLjAIvlJKY

          • Max

            In the internet age, seek and ye shall find.

          • more beer

            But it was the only one I found.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I saw him about 2-4 months ago a a small metal club in NJ:Digbtatz. His original band Whiplash reformed with a new bassist. Tony was a beast but the whole thing didn’t gel. The best way to describe it was like a kick ass drummer with two other guys on stage.

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      And you guys got Cephalic Carnage and Velvet Acid Christ.

      • more beer

        Also Primitive Man, Vermin Womb, Havok, In the Company of Serpents, Vimana, Eye of Minerva, Vale of Panath Plus a ton more. Nekrofilth are based out of here now also

        • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

          HAVOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! m/

          • more beer

            Fuck yea I really like those guys. I was talking to Dave at King Diamond. About them going out on tour with Megadeth. Which no matter what your think of Megadeth and Dave Mustaine. Is a huge break for an up and coming local band. He told me they were going to play their asses off every night trying to blow Megadeth away while playing their 15 or 20 minute set.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Wouldn’t take much, considering how bad Dystopia was, even with my favorite guitarist (Kiko) being in the band.

          • more beer

            True. But still a huge break for them.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Yep! Knowing Dave though, he’d kick them off the whole tour after finding out how much better they are. And then come up with some lame excuse, just like he did the other day with the whole benefit show for Nick Menza’s family.

          • more beer

            He hasn’t at this point. Now they are doing shows in Europe. They are touring and headlining a bunch of shows on their own there too.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Sweet!

  • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

    Hmmmmmm, can’t think of any metal bands here in Newport News, Hampton, or Yorktown.

    I guess I’ll go with favorite local bands back home.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWmJv3n74Pc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgDlEAeh1as

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVYKd_UdgXg&list=PL8AE29FAFED650B9F&index=7

    Lolbuttz:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq_d8VSM0nw

    • more beer

      The only band I can really think of from that area. Is these guys.from Virginia Beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byiNrazn5zA

      • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

        Heard the name, never heard them though. Checking this out in a few.

      • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

        Pretty good! Straight up thrash. Could use better production, but not bad.

        • more beer

          That came out a really long time ago. Production wasn’t as good back then.

      • BobLoblaw

        All three off of my post are from the Virginia beach area.

        • more beer

          Like I said they are the only band from there I have heard of.

          • BobLoblaw

            Now youve heard of three more!

    • more beer

      Dahmer is a masterpiece.

  • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

    And for your Sunday viewing pleasure, a video of how hot dogs are made, with a soundtrack of mouth fart noises.

    https://youtu.be/qSqJOj-g5yY

  • JWEG

    It’s very hard to pick a single favourite local (Victoria B.C.) band without naming one that I’m quite certain would be known by more than a few members of the TovH community (including lurking readership). My absolute fave, for instance, is Harrow (atmospheric black metal, more trees than n’ shit). Their releases have popped up in a few TTT’s and at least one Mini-Review, so I really don’t think I have to add much more detail.

    https://harrowblackmetal.bandcamp.com/

    Years back, Kim Kelly profiled them for a segment about the “Vancouver” metal scene on a blog which I won’t name here (it’s actually how I found that one, and thus indirectly my way here afterwards). Any band actually from Victoria being identified as part of the Vancouver scene is actually kind of a half-truth because there’s a symbiotic relationship between the two cities that has only got stronger and stronger in the last few years, meaning bands from Victoria can wind up playing so many more Vancouver and area gigs that a visitor could easily mistake them for a local of that city instead.

    It’s not so much vice-versa, though, because we’ve kind of got a dearth of decent venues by comparison. Even measured per capita there’s a shortage.

  • Hans Müller

    Well, there’s Mantar, but I think they’re known around these parts.
    https://mantar.bandcamp.com/

    There used to be a band called Occulus in the area where I grew up (just outside of Hamburg). They played a modern take on Thrash, often with German lyrics. Much to my dismay, their seems to be no trace left of them on Youtube. Biggest gig of them was when they were spontaneously asked to open for Megadeth. That’s some fairytale shit right there.

  • Poseur Diposeur

    Nailbastard, the band that won the Best Unsigned Band in Idaho at this site but was disqualified due to break-up, has reunited and will play a show in my small town. They are by far the best thing that my backwater area has produced metal-wise.

  • CT-12

    When I saw Edward last month, I made him a pretty killer mix CD of only currently active WA metal bands. One of my current favorites is Great Falls (which I can’t find a good youtube link for), but there are numerous amazing bands out here. I’ll just throw in this Oxygen Destroyer live video because I’m highly anticipating their full length release (also, Jordan – the guitarist – may be the most metal, metal dude I’ve ever met in my life. Hell of a nice guy). Simon Phoenix actually did a little write-up on these guys a bit ago as well. Deathrash very much in the line of Demolition Hammer or Num Skull. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id7xxMpszjo

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      You had me at “very much in the line of Demolition Hammer”!!!!

    • HessianHunter

      Yeah, Great Falls totally rips

  • CT-12
  • CT-12

    Fucking love these guys (and gal) as well, they just released a demo like last month, very good, fun heavy metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiLMdMcBHk4

  • Sadistikexekution

    ** flushes toilet **

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      Welcome to the Toilet!

      • Sadistikexekution

        Thanks, it’s great to be here!

  • brokensnow

    oHIO is a stagnant shit pond of music. National or local, the acts are not very good to really fucking bad. on that note we had a good show last night and i enjoyed alot of the local talent lol.

    • more beer

      I saw three bands from Cleveland this weekend. They all shared one guitarist. But they were all good. Forged in Gore, Sodomized, and Limbsplitter.

      • brokensnow

        ya, saw limbspliter open for behemoth. Grind has a super limited scene here. at the Foundry mostly.

        • more beer

          So what is the deal with this? Cleveland is getting rated the most metal city in America. Denver is ranked 20th. We have a pretty dan good scene here. http://noisey.vice.com/blog/how-metal-is-your-city-graph

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Vice’s articles and docs are pretty good, their music stuff not quite so much. We are talking about the same Noisey that poked and prodded black metal artists about the same points that have been made over and over again (especially pissing off Gaahl, who is actually a pretty laid back and funny guy, at least from my experience), and called Panic At The Disco “one of the greatest bands of our time”.

          • more beer

            They went by number of bands in metal archives by population.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Aw. I thought they were going by quality.

          • more beer

            It was very scientific of them.

          • brokensnow

            we have tons of metal. its either gimmick, nu, sub sub niche genre or bro core. All really bad……but we have alot! lol

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet
          • Hans Müller
          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            Haha, classic!

          • more beer

            Well that is horrifying.

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      Only decent metal band I can think of from Cincinnati was Morticite, and I don’t think they even did anything past their demo. Cinci was good for industrial and alternative when I lived there, the metal scene was healthy as far as fans, but not very many metal bands there for some reason.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    No good local bands near me. Just a load of hipsters with telecasters. But then, paradise lost are from my town and I hear they’re kind of a big deal.

    • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

      Same town as Marco Pierre White (which isn’t metal or even music, but he’s a god amongst mortal men nonetheless).

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Same county but not the same town. Black Tongue are from the other side of Yorkshire and they’re doing pretty well.

        • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

          Oh. Hearing him talk about Yorkshire when I read Devil In The Kitchen, it pretty much just sounded like a small town with one county.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Biggest county in Britain, but then Britain is an insignificant shithole so that isn’t saying much.

          • Ernest Goes To The Toilet

            You’d probably charm me with the accent alone, lol. Brits I knew back home seemed kind of comfortable, but out of place when it came to the south side. Tough, charming, always had the worst taste in music (Robbie Williams, Take That?!?!).

  • HessianHunter

    I’ve spent many hours writing about dope af bands from my neck of the woods – Noble Beast, Blue Ox, Rifle Diet, Morality Crisis, Mrs., Naive Sense, etc. I’ve never written about Disasteratti though, and they are A+ groovy noise rock. The guitarist and I literally live one block apart, so this shit really does come from my backyard
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgz8u-LY9O4

  • If you cut the head of the alternative hipsters kiddos, there’s a short but good amount of good Maracaibo merol and specially hardcore.

    This guys right now are killing it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We4i03_M65k

    There’s also cool anarchopunk!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x88ff0GSKrY

    • tertius_decimus

      In Southern America the word “corazon” is heard in every song.

      • ¡Jajajajajajaja! Guacamole says the same thing to me everytime I give him a spanish song.

  • Mmm, I can get on this.

  • Just saw Psycroptic Saturday night on the back patio of a local bar/venue. Locals Sedlec Ossuary were one of the openers. I wouldn’t be surprised the least bit if these guys get signed in the next year or two, very impressive guitar work and great live show. They’re also really nice dudes, I talked to about half the band that night and they always wanted to know my name and get to know me. One of the guitarists had a broken foot and played like a champ, suck it Grohl. Sounds kinda like a hyped up version of Rivers of Nihil, and they have some newer stuff that hasn’t been recorded yet that’s a lot better: https://sedlecossuary.bandcamp.com/album/harsh-barge

  • Another local from KC, Gravelord: https://gravelord616.bandcamp.com/releases