In a blink, pop/rock/experimental/jammers Equaleyes will celebrate the release of their new CD with a show at Knitting Factory on Saturday, May 22. By then, they will have racked up a few miles in their van with shows in Northern Idaho and Washington. Visit equaleyeslive.com for more info.
Moving into metal, Boise-based fearsome foursome Ripchain have signed with Rage On Stage Management and are working on an album (finally!) and a tour. Ripchain joins British band Severenth on the Rage On roster and Severenth will, in turn, join Ripchain on tour.
Ripchain will headline a show at Knitting Factory on Friday, May 28, with help from Severenth--this will be Severenth's first visit to the United States--Yexotay, Fly2Void and Ketchum-based drum-and-guitar Blacksmith. Not one to mince words, Ripchain frontman David Ford promises the show will be "killer, kick ass and amazing." Tickets are $6. Listen to Ripchain or get more ticket info at myspace.com/ripchain.
We turn now to one of my favorite kinds of gatherings: a battle of the bands. Last Band Standing, at Tom Grainey's, is sponsored by 100.3 The X, Rockstar Energy Drink, Gibson Guitar and the event headliner, Northwestern beermeister Ninkasi Brewing from Eugene, Ore. For several weeks, bands have been sending demos to 100.3, and the station sorted through those entries to narrow it down to 16 competitors. Four bands will play each Thursday at Tom Grainey's through May 27 to win a spot in the semifinals. Those bands will then compete for a spot in the finals, from which one will come out on top. Tom Grainey's owner Jason Kovac (who will be one of the judges during the finals) said that the winner of the competition takes home a new Gibson Les Paul, a song on Ninkasi's NW Local Compilation CD on Topsecret Records, a new tour van (for keeps!) and a spot on the Rockstar Mayhem Tour. Tom Grainey's will have five Ninkasi beers on tap those nights at discounted prices. Kovac said he expects "total annihilation" for the next two months of Thursdays.
And here's the Last Band Standing lineup
May 6: Brawl, Final Underground, Kryterium, Wake Up Dead
May 13: Black Tooth Grin, Elite, Fault Paradox, Lust Greeds Envy
May 20: Abrupt Edge, Malachi, Calderra, Under Wicked Sky
May 27: Cap Gun Suicide, Fly2Void, Karin Comes Killing, Sub*Vert
Black Tooth Grin, "Face of Revolution"