NEW GLASGOW – When the workday ends, music can be a way to unwind, whether it’s relaxing to smooth jazz or head banging in a bar.
Halifax-based band Black City Avenger are heavily influenced by hard rock and punk for their own songs about lost love and economic turmoil set to catchy hooks and riffs. They’re scheduled to play the Acro Lounge as part of their Eastour during Easter weekend. Pictured from left to right are band members Brandon Bouchard, Joe Landry, Matt Frizzell, and Adam Wedgewood.
Black City Avenger offers the latter.
As blue-collar workers themselves, Halifax-based rockers Black City Avenger say their fan base is mostly built from manual labourers.
“We always get the working-man type,” Matt Frizzell, New Glasgow-raised vocalist and guitarist, says.
Working a day job offers a different perspective to the songwriting, Frizzell says, and their audience appreciates it.
Fans of the hard-rock band will have a chance to see them locally next week.
Black City Avenger is marking the Easter holiday with a three-day mini tour, dubbed Eastour, of the Maritimes, stopping in New Glasgow for a show at the Acro Lounge and Eatery on Good Friday.
They were last here near Christmas for the Jubilee Holiday Rock Show 2013.
The Acro Lounge was full for the three-band show, Frizzell said, giving him an opportunity to see many people he hadn’t connected with in years.
They’ve also rocked the late show at the Jubliee in 2012.
Frizzell left New Glasgow in 2000, bouncing around a few places before settling in Halifax and forming the four-piece band in 2010.
Frizzell takes care of belting the lovelorn lyrics and the guitar with Brandon Bouchard on background vocals and guitar, as Joe Landry rocks the bass riffs and Adam Wedgewood slams the drums.
The rockers, whose influences include ACDC and Social Distortion, began recording just six months after their creation and released an EP that same year.
A few of the members had been writing for a while, making it easier to jump in.
In 2011 and 2012, they released two digital singles, “The 25th Hour” and “Behind The Gray.”
More recently, they’ve been working on their latest EP, “Punch Rock.”
Bassist Mike MacDougall from the Jimmy Swift Band has helped the band produce their latest work, drawing on his own experience as a songwriter.
“It’s more polished as far as the rock genre goes,” Frizzell says.
Frizzell partly credits MacDougall for the more mature sound from five fist-pumping anthems, adding that his helpful critique played a big role.
They just finished mixing, and hope to release it within a few months.
With a few strictly digital releases, Frizzell says the band has simply been attempting to navigate the unknown in terms of the music industry in the information age.
“From us to U2, everyone is just trying things,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has figured out what the next thing is yet.”
Local rockers Machete and The Transition will join Black City Avenger at the Acro Lounge on April 18, beginning at 10 p.m.
Cover is $5.
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