This week on the Decibel Geek Podcast, the boys, Chris and Aaron take the week off to enjoy some football and turkey for Thanksgiving. In their place the Hoser Heavy Metal Twins of Wally “Wallygator” Norton and Rich “The Meister” Dillon step in to host the episode.
Rich and Wally performed a hostile takeover last Thanksgiving when they hijacked the broadcast, but this year they have been invited back to cover the boys holiday. Chris and Aaron have delivered funny, entertaining and informative broadcasts each and every week without fail for 111 episodes now….enjoy your well deserved break my friends.
Wally kept his song selections to a “Radio Sucks Theme” while Rich went more in the “Fresh Blood” vein to gather the ten songs that they introduce to the audience this week. First up Wally made an excellent selection from The Killer Dwarfs new release Start @ One, but not before announcing that this week’s “Geek of the Week” was none other than our “Crack-smoking, among other things” Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, who admitted that he has listened to The Decibel Geek Podcast albeit in a drunken stupor….stupor….stupor, what a fun word to say! Wally dedicated “The Sky Is Falling” to the troubled Mayor and Rich excitedly mentioned the The KiLLeR DWaRfs have now been announced as participating in the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014.
For The Meister’s first selection he went with a band out of St. Catharines Ontario, Step Echo. Chuckling at the name of their recording studio where they recorded their album which was called “Fecal Noir”….which the Hosers can only deduce means….”black poop:…..c’mon now you just chuckled as well didn’t ya? “Crazy” was the song taken from their Jagged CD.
Keeping on the string of awesome new releases this fall from Canadian bands Wally opted for “Boys Club” off Coney Hatch’s new effort, Four, the band’s first since Friction in 1985. As they discussed when previously hosting the podcast, at a concert Carl Dixon had left the song lyrics to newly penned song, “Blown Away”, taped to a stage monitor and thinking it was a great souvenir of the show, The Meister pro-cured them. Days later it was discovered that that was the only copy as they had just been written the night before the show and Carl was frantically searching for their whereabouts. The song appears on the album, so you know that The Meister returned them promptly.
One Bad Son originally from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, but now relocated to Vancouver B.C. provided the next choice for Rich with their song “Gringo” from 2007’s Orange City release. The song is not from the latest self-titled OBS release, but an earlier album and is perhaps the heaviest in their repertoire. Radio stations across Canada are playing OBS tracks from the latest album, so as you see even though radio sucks, sometimes they do have brief shining moments of glory.
Afraid that Wally was going to get “weird” Rich was apprehensive of Wally’s next pick. Last time they hosted the podcast Wally did the absolutely unthinkable and played a ballad!! While it was a great song from a talented band, Gypsy Rose, Rich was not sure he was in a ballad mood today and warned Wally. Wally assured him that all would be fine and it was about time to work some KISS into the show as always. He spun Brighton Rock’s absolutely creepy and totally different from the original rendition of “Creatures of The Night” off the double cancer benefit KISS tribute CD A World Without Heroes….and although it was a ballad, now at least, Rich deemed it an acceptable choice.
Coming home to Toronto, Meister’s next band is called Twitch that has played a few shows at the becoming famous Rockpile Club. He chose to feature “Walk” from the RevolutionCD, talking about how good this band is live and the covers that they often throw into the set. Last show they broke into the Four Horsemen’s “Rockin’ Is Ma Business” and you may remember Meister’s story from the Monsters of Rock Cruise last year when he was wearing a Four Horsemen Canada ’94 tour shirt that someone steadily increased their purchase offer on ending at $120 when his wife dragged him away.
West Memphis Suicide is a band that has been featured on the podcast in the past, on the last Hoser Takeover episode for one. Well, West Memphis are no more Wally informed a rather shocked Meister, but no fear they have regrouped with a new bass player and changed their name to A Rebel Few. Barry the guitarist was incredibly kind enough to forward a brand new, as yet unavailable track to Rich and Wally for airplay
on the show. In perhaps a world premiere the boys heard “Empire Falls”.
Only discovering this group himself recently, Rich introduced Wally to Ottawa based band Shock. A band that formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1990, never releasing an album. Once considered “the best band to never release an album”, they lost that moniker when the début, Once Denied came out earlier this year. One of the best unsigned bands of the time, this release is their first coming almost 30 years after their formation. Wally enjoyed the “Flaming Towards Earth” track, commenting on it’s Judas Priest like qualities.
Wally deemed that he wanted to jump the order of picks here and have Meister make his final selection back to back with the Shock pick, proclaiming that he had a surprise in order for the last song of the week. Rich chose to feature “Skipping Stones” from J’nai, another Toronto area band that the Decibel Geeks and friends have seen live many, many times. This band has to be seen, no ifs, ands, or buts about it! They are a bunch of college age kids who are extremely hard working and exhibit a stage presence like none other. The guys discuss one of their many well choreographed stage tricks, the guitar toss in which the two guitarists switch their instruments by hurling them towards each other mid song, catching them and continuing to play. Only once have they seen a fumble. An upcoming J’nai show, opening for Slaughter on April 4th at The Rockpile West on the day that Meister returns from the Monsters of Rock Cruise is also a great time to celebrate Wally and Rich’s birthdays of April 10th. Wally invited all Toronto area Decibel Geeks to come to the party at the Rockpile.
Wally’s last song was not so much of a surprise, but certainly a fitting end to Hoser Heavy Metal #2 as he spun a song from the new Metal On Ice EP. Metal On Ice started out as a book written by Canadian Guitarist (Helix, Crash Kelly, Nelly Furtado) Sean Kelly about his interviews and playing in a band in Canada. The album displays the talents of many of the hottest Canadian stars in the metal business in the 80’s including, Russ Dwarf, Nick Walsh, Darby Mills, Daryl Gray, Brian Vollmer, Lee Aaron and more. The song chosen was “Metal On Ice” written by Nick Walsh, who’s former band, Slik Toxik was a choice on the previous Hoser Hijack and he’s now the frontman for a new band Famous Underground.
Thanks for joining these two Hosers and allowing us to play some of our favorite Canadian artists this week. Chris and Aaron will be back at the helm next time after the turkey sweats wear off….cheers, eh!
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