PICTOU – Harvey Doane has a mysterious past. Even his fellow band members, Ashley George, Mike Hiltz and Eli Hollett, know very little about him, but they’ve welcomed him in as one of their own.
Pictou punk rockers Machete are heading out on tour with the Annapolis Valley’s A Call For Submission, beginning with shows in New Brunswick Saturday night.
“We found Harvey Doane in one of the oldest and haunted buildings in Pictou and decided to take him with us after being granted permission to do so,” Machete drummer Hollett said about their mannequin mascot.
After bringing him up on stage at a few shows, fans of the band became groupies of Doane, having their photo taken with the ageless mystery man.
The Pictou rockers’ latest release, a 4-song EP, is named after Doane, and is part of the focus of an Eastern Canada tour.
Beginning tonight at Chuckles Lounge in Saint John, Machete and Annapolis Valley hard rockers A Call For Submission take their new releases on the road for a nine-day, 11-show tour.
Though their styles are different, A Call For Submission’s “melodic thrash metal” sound and Machete’s punk rock work in a live setting, Hollett said.
“Both bands are solid and jammed packed with energy in their performances.”
A Call For Submission is fresh off the release of their first full-length album, Our Silence.
Together since 2009, they strive to go outside their comfort zone, naming bands like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Megadeth, and KISS among many of their musical influences.
The two bands will play two shows in New Brunswick before a series of shows in Ontario with stops in Quebec before their final show together in Halifax at Gus’ Pub on Aug. 24.
Machete will quickly jump back into another tour, “The Road to Metalfest,” ending at The Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival in Aylesford on Sept. 12.
They plan to start recording their second full-length album when they get back with a planned winter release.
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