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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Seven-inches of rock

Roche Uhntraal gets his gobbler ready.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Anyone who thinks vinyl has gone the way of the 8-track needs to take a look at the local LPs and EPs that have recently been released by Joel Plaskett, Wintersleep, Be Bad and The Hold, for example.

The Establishment joins the vinyl revolution August 23 when its releases its split seven-inch at Gus' Pub. Windsor-based act The Orphan Choir, who play side B to The Establishment's side A on the EP, will also be on hand.

"We met The Orphan Choir on our first tour," says drummer Josh Pothier. "They were probably the only band we played with on tour that we all went nuts for. We decided from then on we would try and play as many shows together as possible. The split came up after discussing Jim Meloche's other band, Searching for Chin. They had done a seven-inch, and we expressed interest in doing one as well."

The new tracks are shorter and dirtier than most of the tunes found on the band's debut Economy Radio, reflecting The Establishment's newfound love for simplicity and raw power. "When we first started we had six-, seven- and even an 11-minute song," explains Pothier. "Eventually we started trimming the fat. With these songs we wanted something more dirty, like we just walked off the street, into the studio and banged out a couple of songs."

The band expects to bang out a few new tracks live as well. Pothier says the group has enough material to begin working again, and hopes sales of the EP will help kickstart a new album. But for now he'll bask in the in glow of the split.

"Every time we get together with The Orphan Choir, it is great. Those guys are really supportive, and lots of times they will get on stage and play or sing along," he says. "We also do the same thing in their sets. We are musical BFFs."

Static electricity

Youths looking for a musical fix now have one more place in town to call home. Club Static (in the old Diamonds space on Gottingen) opened on Canada Day for the after-hours crowd, and has since pegged Thursdays as teen night. The club has an all-ages blowout scheduled August 25 with DJ IV, and Static's Matthew Bullock expects a big turnout.

"Thursdays we get from 100 to 200 kids, and this weekend we are expecting to have over 150," he says. "The response has been great, kids from all over Metro have come to see the new club in town and a lot of them have returned more than once."

Static offers its patrons a mix of hip-hop, house, electronic, dance and top 40, and Bullock says they plan on booking live acts on Sunday nights. The club is currently undergoing renovations, but once they're done Bullock promises even bigger events.

"We plan to host DJs from other countries and acts from abroad once everything else falls into place over the next couple months," he says. "We can host 326 patrons at one time with our fire safety code, but we have over 6,000 square feet so there is a lot of space. People won't be crammed against each other."

Turkey and tickets

Gobblefest is now accepting submissions for its 14th annual event. Applications are due September 7; the event takes place over Thanksgiving, October 4 to 7. Email for more information. Broken Social Scene founding member Kevin Drew will perform at the Marquee Club September 29 to support his new solo album Spirit If. Tickets are $20 and $25, on sale August 25.

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