Jeremiah Freed fully let the cat out of the bag last week. After years of inactivity on a collective level, the band (with replacement drummer Andy Cosby) have a new EP of music on the way and now a show to celebrate that new music. It’s been 10 years since the band played live together — longer than that for any release of music — so this is a big return year for the fellas. Tickets are on sale now for their album release show, at Portland House of Music and Events.
Biddeford rockers Sygnal To Noise have unfortunately lost their drummer Austin Cooper to upcoming family life and other interests. They found quite the replacement, though — our good friend Sonny Robinson (Twisted Roots) will fill the drum seat going forward for the band as they get set to release a new album called, Horns High on July 1. (At print time, we couldn’t confirm if Sonny needed to borrow Austin’s drum set or not. We’ll keep you posted ... in case you might have a kit to lend Sonny.)
Fans of Dominic and the Lucid will be happy to know that although the band is no longer, the members are all steady busy. Drummer Chuck Gagne is rocking the sticks and brushes for the Mallett Brothers Band. Keyboardist/guitarist/
About a month ago, Spose released his phone app/video game, “The King of Maine." The app took much time and much money to make, but the votes are in: it’s a smash hit. It was the #2 music app the day it was released. Pretty damn impressive. Not #2 in Maine, #2 overall on iTunes! That’s some crazy stuff folks. The #2 selling music app, overall. Crazy! The more points you pile up playing the game the more free songs you can unlock from his latest album, Good Luck With Your Life. If you could care less about playing the game or battling Maine’s Governor in his office in the final round, you can go and pick up the CD (produced by God.Damn.Chan) as it was just released physically at Bull Moose last Friday.
Kevin Oates and his sensational Maine Youth Rock Orchestra just released a fully recorded/produced and mastered track called, “Love Me Again." A total of 23 high school students (all 17 or younger) recorded the song with Kevin Billingslea at Halo Studios. The song was written and mapped out by their 17-year-old pianist and vocalist, Sophia James. One listen and you’ll be absolutely blown away at what Sophia and MYRO made there. Listen for yourself. It’s on local radio all over this week and rightfully so. If we have talent like this to look out for in the years to come from MYRO and other outfits, music in Maine does luckily have a wonderful future.
The hardest working man in local show business, Brzowski recently dropped a new single, “To The Fellow Travellers”, produced by Milled Pavement label mate C Money Burns. For now, you can find it on his Bandcamp page. Hurry though, it sounds like the single might go away soon. The full album comes out the end of summer with a release show slated for SPACE Gallery. Until then, surely Brzo will tour the country about nineteen more times. It’s what he does.
The All Roads Music Festival is set to kick in for a third year next week, May 20 in Belfast. In a town beloved for its Curling rink, some of the best acts in the northeast pile into town to bring music to a spot that doesn’t get it as easily as we do down here. Great intentions Meg! Meg Shorette who also runs the show at Port City Music Hall has brought together about three dozen acts including the legendary Dave Mallett, Spose, Weakened Friends, Kenya Hall, Spencer Albee, Paranoid Social Club, The Mallett Brothers Band, Jeff Beam, Dan Blakeslee and much more. Jump over to the festival’s FB page for the full schedule and details.
If you can’t make it up to Belfast for All Roads, maybe hit a show in town that will support a family in need. An awful car accident in Gorham just before Christmas took the lives of two members of the Piawlock family; the father and one of their young daughters. Join the sensational Anna Lombard and ska-rockers El Grande at Port City Music for a show to raise funds and support for a family in our community hurting in the worst way possible. A Night of Love, Light and Peace for the Piawlocks starts at . Silent auction and raffle also to take place.
Pop singer/songwriter Amy Allen has just released her fifth EP, titled Get Me Outta Here, exclusively to Bull Moose for the first month. So grab your copy and look for Amy on the WCLZ stage at the Old Port Fest next month.
New records on the way from Sarah Violette (formerly "Lady Essence") by late June produced by God.Damn.Chan, “Scapegoat” the album from KGFREEZE releases in June (featuring a slight return to the sound of Kyle Gervais' earlier band Cosades and the return of Cosades guitarist Nate Carl), the new Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems full album will come out by mid-July and Acadia will have a new EP by August.