Portland scene report: August 3, 2007

Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 1, 2007

The former Center for Cultural Exchange, now called ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE (that’d be the address, in Portland), is stepping things up in the month of August with a slate of shows that lean toward the Celtic. Makes sense, since TOM ROTA’s doing the booking and he’s a Celtic type who plays in BOGHAT and is known to show up at the Sunday Boru sessions from time to time. He was also doing the Irish nights down the street at Blue and was pretty much a natural to move down the block and see if anybody might be coaxed back into what is one of the best-sounding rooms in Portland. We could certainly use another successful venue in town for touring acts, that’s for sure.

Want another chance to be a star? Show up at Geno’s August 3 around 6:30 pm for the shooting of MEANTONE’s VIDEO for “Roller Derby Girls.” He’s kind of in with those gals, see, and if the tattooed set is your bag, we’re guessing you’ll be pleased with the turnout. No word on whether gas masks are encouraged.

Bangor-based SOUNDBENDER have released the full-length album Victory Mile and are supporting it with a series of shows around the state this summer. You may have heard “Release,” which is getting good support on ’TOS for that BATTLE OF THE BANDS they do every year. It’s 10 songs of heavy rock, maybe what you might have called nu-metal at one point, and it’s crisply produced. The disc certainly won’t be a disappointment to fans who’ve been tracking the band for a good solid half-decade, and may garner new followers.

Prog metal outfit LEFT HAND SCREW (some kind of weird sex act?) are looking for a BASSIST. “No need to be a star,” they say. Fair enough. Interested parties can contact the band through www.myspace.com/metaldrummaddman.

43RD PARALLEL RECORDS, the label started by OCEAN’s REUBEN LITTLE and others, has announced that the SIN OF ANGELS/BENEATH OBLIVION split 10” is available now for pre-order, to ship August 20. You’ll get two tracks from each set of doom rockers (both trios, by the way) and a two-color jacket, silk-screened by hand. The first 50 orders will receive green artwork, the rest will get black, and the run is limited to 500 copies total. E-mail reubenjlittle@hotmail.com for ordering information.

Former Mainers WIRES!WIRES!, now based in Boston, have finished an album titled XII XXI. We mention this mostly because 1221 is the mirror image of 2112, a Rush album that has a special place in the hearts of “Sibilance” staffers everywhere. We can only guess at the place it occupies in the hearts of Wires!Wires!, which is only one guy, come to think of it.

  Topics: New England Music News , Center for Cultural Exchange
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