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Electro Quarterstaff

Formed: 2001
From: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Electro Quarterstaff News

Below is our complete Electro Quarterstaff news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Electro Quarterstaff Finishes New Album

Canada’s Electro Quarterstaff has completed work on the band's new album, entitled "Aykroyd." Guitarist Drew Johnston offers his comments:

"It may take us three years to write a record, but better late than never, right? Our Aykroyd album is a 40 minute extract of musical punchlines that have been cracking us up in our jam space for the last three years as a supercharged quintet since the addition of our bassosaurus, Marty Thiessen. A guru of jazz funk hipcheck beatdowns, Marty furnishes the band with a luxurious layer of global warming which allows the trinity of rusty corkscrewed guitars to explore serpent coiled passageways and renegade escape routes through the dark halls of bittersweet harmony and dissonance.

"The greatest difference between Aykroyd and Gretzky is the emphasis we've placed on blackened comedy in the attitude of our music. Strategic blast beat proton bombardment punctuates chipmunk cheeks full of hangnail shaped riffs which spontaneously arrange themselves into cosmic pentagrams of circus peanuts upon deployment. In other words, big laughs and bad vibes all around. Usually I'm sick of my own records by the time they're mixed and mastered, but Aykroyd still eats off the floor and lifts up my skirt like a deprived predator out on parole. The harmonies are still thick and tangled like peanut butter in shag carpet, and the delivery is dolphin meat in shark's teeth. Party's over." More...

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Electro Quarterstaff Posts New Music Online

Canadian progressive metallers, ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF, have uploaded two new songs, "Waltz of the Swedish meatballs" and "Japanese Upsidedown Cake," to their Myspace page.

ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF will be doing a short mini-tour entitled "Mukluk Expedition into the Harmonic Grid of Western Canada" soon. The dates are as follows:

5/30 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert (KEN mode Reco Release)
5/31 - Saskatoon, SK @ Walker's
6/01 - Edmonton, AB @ Avonmore Hall
6/02 - Gra Forks, BC @ City Park Bingo Hall (All Ages)
6/03 - Vancouver, BC @ Pub 340
6/04 - Vancouver, BC @ La Casa Del Arista (All Ages)
6/06 - Calgary, AB @ Vern's Tavern
6/07 - Prince Albert, AB @ Exhibition Center (w/ Neuraxis & Fuck the Facts)

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Electro Quarterstaff Line Up Winnipeg Show

ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF will perform a local show on November 2nd at The Royal Albert Arms in Winnipeg, MB. It will be their first show with bassist Marty Thiessen. You can find more information online here.

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Electro Quarterstaff Post Two New Songs Online

Two new preview tracks from progressive/instrumental thrash titans ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF have been posted online. You can check them out here:

"Neckwrecker"
"Titanium Overlords"

The songs come off the band's upcoming full-length Gretzky, which is due out in September through Willowtip Records.

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Final Bands Confirmed for Maryland Deathfest IV

The final 14 bands that have been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest IV. The festival takes place on May 27 and May 28, 2006 at SONAR in Baltimore, MD. Doors will open slightly earlier compared to last year and advance tickets will go on sale through the web site on January 5th. The final 14 bands just confirmed are:

Dismember - SWEDEN
Vital Remains - RHODE ISLAND
Haemorrhage - SPAIN
Pungent Stench - AUSTRIA
Unholy Grave - JAPAN
Disfear - SWEDEN
Severe Torture - NETHERLANDS
Anata - SWEDEN
Skinless - NEW YORK
WTN - SINGAPORE
Mesrine - CANADA
Catheter - COLORADO
Quills - MARYLAND
Embryonic Cryptopathia - MASSACHUSETTS

Bands previously confimed for MDF IV include:

Necrophagist - GERMANY
Demilich - FINLAND
Machetazo - SPAIN
Butcher ABC - JAPAN
Sanity's Dawn - GERMANY
Rompeprop - NETHERLANDS
Cliteater - NETHERLANDS
Gorgasm - ILLINOIS
Embalmer - OHIO
Yacoepsae - GERMANY
Engorged - OREGON
Burnt By The Sun - NEW JERSEY
Municipal Waste - VIRGINIA
Cenotaph - TURKEY
Mucupurulent - GERMANY
Total Fucking Destruction - PESNNSYLVANIA
Beneath The Massacre - CANADA
Electro Quarterstaff - CANADA

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Maryland Death Fest Loses Two, Adds Five Bands

Two bands have dropped off next year's Maryland Death Fest, scheduled to take place May 27th and 28th 2006 at The Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Those bands are FISTFUCK and FRIGHTMARE. The following explanation has been posted on the Maryland Death Fest website:

"A band member in FISTFUCK had a personal matter come up and won't be able to travel to the US next May. It is not the bands fault, nor is it ours. The band has stated they will play shows in the US as soon as it is possible again.

Also, although FRIGHTMARE was the first band we confirmed for MDF IV, they have canceled. Now they don't want to make their appearance exclusive to MDF and that's the only explanation we can provide you. As frustrating as this for us, that's all we're going to say. "

The following five bands have been added, in addition to replacing FRIGHTMARE and FISTFUCK:

CLITEATER (Netherlands)
ROMPEPROP (Netherlands)
BURNT BY THE SUN (New Jersey)
MUCUPURULENT (Germany)
EMBALMER (Ohio)

They join the following list of previously confirmed bands: More...

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Bands Added to Maryland Deathfest

6 more bands have added to the Maryland Deathfest line which is scheduled to take place May 27-28th of next year at The Sonar Baltimore. The bands are as follows:

Demilich(Finland)
Municipal Waste (Virginia)
Yacoepsae (Germany)
Engorged (Oregon)
Cenotaph (Turkey)
Fistfuck (Canada)

The previously announced line-up is as follows:

Necrophagist (Germany)
Machetazo (Spain)
Butcher ABC (Japan)
Sanity's Dawn (Germany)
Frightmare (Oregon)
Gorgasm (Illinois)
Total Fucking Destruction (Pennsylvania)
Beneath the Massacre (Canada)
Electro Quaterstaff (Canada)

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Maryland Death Fest 2006

The first band's have been announced for next year's Maryland Death Fest, scheduled to take place May 27th and 28th 2006 at The Sonar in Baltimore, MD. They are as follows:

NECROPHAGIST (Germany)
MACHETAZO (Spain)
BUTCHER ABC (Japan)
SANITY'S DAWN (Germany)
FRIGHTMARE (Oregon)
GORGASM (Illinois)
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION (Pennsylvania)
BENEATH THE MASSACRE (Canada)
ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF (Canada)

More bands will be announced in the forthcoming months.

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Willowtip Records Sign Six Bands

Pittsburgh grind band Circle of Dead Children has officially resigned with Willowtip Records. The label will be releasing the band's new MCD, "Zero Comfort Margin"on July 12th. "Zero Comfort Margin" features fifteen new songs and was recorded and produced by Steve Austin at his own Austin Enterprise studio. Sound samples and artwork can be viewed at here.

Hailing from France, death/tech/thrash outfit Gorod has signed to Willowtip. Formerly known as Gorgasm (France), the band has changed their name to Gorod to avoid confusion with the U.S. based Gorgasm. The debut full-length from Gorod, "Neurotripsicks," (previously only available in Europe) will be issued in North America with two new tracks and an all new layout on July 12th. Additionally, expect a new full-length from Gorod to be released sometime in 2006. You can preview material from Gorod at the willowtip Myspace page here.

Meanwhile, Willowtip has licensed the new full-length from New York City's The Dying Light for release in North America. Featuring former members of Cattle Press, Dim Mak, Ripping Corpse, and Hemlock, the sophomore album from TDL, titled "The Killing Plan," will be issued on July 26th. "The Killing Plan" was recorded and produced by Eric Rutan at his Mana Recording Studios in Florida.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, instrumental gurus Electro Quarterstaff are also a new addition to the Willowtip roster. The band is currently finishing the writing of their full-length which will be recorded later this year. You can check out their website demo material.

Grind outfit Kill The Client are yet another band to be added to the Willowtip roster. The band is currently working on new material that will be released on their debut full-length for Willowtip, expected to be recorded in June. Kill the Client will also be appearing at this year's Mayland Deathfest, Boston Doom and Grind Fest, and on a number of dates with Internal Bleeding and Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus. For more information and MP3s from the band, check out their website here.

Finally, grindcore band Phobia are another new addition to the Willowtip line-up. With a slew of releases under their belt on many different labels, including Relapse Records, Necropolis Records, Deep Six Records, and more, states Willowip: "Phobia have established themselves as one of the greatest and most respected grindcore bands in the world." The group is currently on a West Coast tour with Rotten Sound and are still writing material for their latest full-length, which will hit streets later this year.

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