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Music Notes for Feb. 21, 2013

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When Jeremy “Spyder” Cote was working the grill at Hard Rock Café in the mid-to-late 1990s, vegetable-named bands such as Korn and Smashing Pumpkins were hot on the rock charts. “I thought ‘We need a metal band for the kitchen like all them’,” reminisced Cote. “‘So I said ‘How about Grill?’ and that was the start.” Myrtle Beach-based Grill will reunite for the first time in five years on March 1 at the Sound Hole for a reunion/birthday bash for co-founder and lead guitarist Cote, who will turn 40, proving you’re never too old to rock.

“We formed in 1996,” said Cote. “We were all working at Hard Rock Café. I was a grill cook, and it’s still what I do for a living. I’ve been at (Jimmy Buffett’s) Margaritaville for four years. Last time Grill played was at the Clubhouse [Myrtle Beach] when it was open, like five years ago. It was for my birthday. Same thing this time around. I talked to QP and Shamroc, who used to play with us in ’96 and ’97, and so they’re jumping on, and of course The Izm, who is destroying it around the beach.”

The Grill line-up will remain the same with the exception of original bassist Dave Dominguez who now lives in Philadelphia. Josh Strickland will cover bass guitar duties, along with original Grill members Cote, Mikael Smith (drums), and Whitey Klown (lead vocals).

“We like to call ourselves power stomp, like a cross between early Korn mixed with Slipknot and American Head Charge,” said Cote. “It’s really chunky, good mosh music. We played eight years, give or take, and have a CD called ‘Grill Music.’ Our first year we played almost 200 shows. We opened for Mudvayne, Quiet Riot, Sevendust, Alabama Thunderpussy, Clutch. I think metal is starting to pick back up, making a comeback.” Fully packaged “Grill Music” CDs are not available, but a no-frills version will be for sale at the show for $3. “Anybody that wants to can take a little Grill home with them,” said Cote.

Cote hopes to put a new band together with his old pals and use the March 1 show as a catalyst to inspire the commitment it takes. “We’re going to play two brand new songs that Grill fans have never heard. I’ve got a whole new outlook and attitude. I’m older now, I have three kids, including a nine-year-old son who is turning into a guitar prodigy. He already knows two chromatic scales, and has extreme talent.” Cote hopes the new act will be what grill was 12 years ago. “I hope to start something that’s never been heard in Myrtle Beach, like Grill was when we first started.”

The show will begin at 9 p.m. on March 1 and there is no cover charge. The Sound Hole is located at 1004 Chester Street, Myrtle Beach.

Bird is the Werd

Local guitarist/studio wizard Brian McKenzie’s electronic, cinematic, atmospheric, ever-devolving synth rock act Electric Bird Noise is hosting a CD release party and concert at 9 p.m. Friday at Fresh Brewed Coffee House in Myrtle Beach. The show will also feature Raleigh N.C.-based Brian John Mitchell and his project Small Life Form. Mitchell is the founder of Silber Records, the label home to many of McKenzie’s projects. Local musician Kevin Moody Allareone will perform as Shifter Drifter.

The concert and release party is in support of the brand new Electric Bird Noise CD, “Desert Jelly,” from which McKenzie will perform live selections. The project is an 11-song mix showcasing McKenzie’s more than capable multi-instrumental talents and songwriting craft. “Desert Jelly,” McKenzie’s eighth Electric Bird Noise CD, will be available at the show and on-line, and features the use of the Prophet T8 synthesizer, and additional analog instruments. At times reminiscent of Todd Rundgren’s 1970s-era experimental rock, as well as 80s influences (ala Depeche Mode, and others), “Desert Jelly,” and just as likely the live performance, will be ear candy to fans of creative instrumental multi-tracking mixing old school sounds with modern sensibilities.

A $5 cover will be charged at the door and a limited number of free “Desert Jelly” CDs will be given away, first-come, first served. Fresh Brewed Coffee House is located at 933 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach.

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