In what is becoming an annual tradition, Yakima R&B hero M-Status (aka Mitch Weary) has teamed with ace videographer Stevan Chase for what appears to be a terrifying new music video.
You may recall last year’s entry, “Just Know,” which I described at the time as “on a different level than most local productions.”
Here’s more of what I wrote about it back then: “The video, co-directed by Chase and Hot 99.7 FM radio host Blaze Alvarez, starts and ends with nods to Michael Jackson’s epic ‘Thriller’ video. But between those bits of homage, it’s a deal-with-the-devil horror movie set to music and featuring outstanding dancing from locals Melody Davis and Gianpaul Deloza, with choreography by Gabriela and Giovanni Deloza (the former of whom also plays the girlfriend role in the story).”
That was just the beginning, according to an announcement from Weary earlier this week. In this new video, featuring Weary’s song “Be Careful,” the devil tries to collect on his side of the bargain. Like “Just Know,” it was shot at Madd Hatter’s Haunt, the local haunted house, so it’s got plenty of creepy atmosphere.
It was set to premiere Wednesday online, so I haven’t seen it yet. But a trailer posted earlier this week looks promising. And, to be honest, I’ll watch anything Weary, Chase and Alvarez produce. These guys have earned the attention they get; every project is first-rate.
Now for a few other notes from the local scene:
• With grunge-era heroes Mudhoney set to play The Seasons Performance Hall on Nov. 16, I’ve been trying to dig up as much history as I can on how the Seattle scene bled over into Eastern Washington. If you were there, you should get in touch.
Did you see Nirvana play the Hal Holmes Community Center in Ellensburg? Were you at The Capitol Theater in 1993 when fans rioted during a Screaming Trees concert? Or at a long-gone local venue called the Twilight Terrace back in 1996 when Mudhoney played there? If so, I wanna hear those stories and you should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 509-577-7693. Especially if you have photos.
About that upcoming Mudhoney show: There are still tickets available as of this writing. They’re $25 for floor seats (21 and older) and $20 for the all-ages balcony. The Seasons is at 101 N. Naches Ave.
• Legends Casino Hotel in Toppenish has a couple of real casino-show type shows coming up. On Nov. 8 there’s Three Dog Night, a band I’ve always had a soft spot for despite their ridiculous schmaltz. It’s not all the same guys from the glory years, but Danny Hutton is still there. So that’s something. Tickets cost $15 to $30.
Then on Dec. 14 it’s Queensryche, but Queensryche WITHOUT Geoff Tate (who you may recall just played Perham Hall in Zillah with his new band) or Chris Degarmo. I don’t know if they’re any good without those guys. But if you’re a big Queensryche fan (there must be some), then this is your chance to see some of the guys who were in this band when it was big and a few other guys who have joined since.
• If you missed Ezra Bell at the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, you’re in luck. The Portland band is coming back. They’ll be at Single Hill Brewing, 102 N. Naches Ave., from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14.
I wrote about them in advance of Fresh Hop, which forced me to really listen to them. (I’d checked out a couple of songs before when they played the Yakima Folklife Festival and liked them well enough.) They’re better than I’d realized. Here’s my attempt to describe them:
“Every song is full of evocative imagery, even though I frequently can’t verbalize exactly what it’s evoking. Nor can I adequately explain the noise they make. They’re a six-person band in which four of the people sing. They have a lot of saxophone in the mix, plus keyboards and tenor guitar. Their one female vocalist, the incredibly named Honora Hildreth, can make you cry or make you pump your fist. They’re like nothing else I’ve ever heard, but they’re also kind of like everything else I’ve ever heard all piled together in a way that somehow sorts itself out. Also, they sound like old-time carnival music. But not really. But really.”