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Roche Uhntraal is Man Rock ’07.

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Most bands spend lots of time naming themselves, but apparently it's not as hard to find a tour tagline. Greg MacPherson and Horses' current east coast trek—including a stop at the Attic August 23—was christened the We Quit Our Jobs and Moved to Another City for a Woman Tour, but not before they came up with enough tour names to last an entire career.

"I coined the tour Undershirts Only after we talked about only wearing undershirts and white pants all tour, but that was shot down pretty early in the tour-naming process," says Horses' leader Lachie MacDonald. "There were some doozies, like The Women Should Drink for Free Tour, No More Fuckin' Around Tour and Man Rock '07.

"The official name reflects the nature of my relocation to Toronto. We just figured it made a good, manly, humourous tour name."

Horses almost disbanded after MacDonald left Halifax, but he's slowly pulling the pieces back together. Drummer Glenn Barrington is on the move to Toronto and MacPherson has stepped in as a fill-in bassist for the tour. "We are super-excited to have Greg playing bass with us for the tours," says MacDonald. "Hopefully more stuff will happen with Greg in the future, which seems like a good possibility."

The Attic audience, however, will be treated to a performance with the original Halifax lineup, as bassist Mark Gillis will make his triumphant return to the fold. Expect a rockin' good time. "This will definitely be a highlight of the tour," MacDonald promises. "Mark is undoubtedly the man."

Three times a venue

The Pavilion is celebrating its third anniversary since Chris Smith took over the all-ages club, and has a weekend's worth of shows designed to shake feet and fill bellies. Friday's lineup includes performances by The Letter Unfolds and Shelter With Thieves, Saturday features Underground Operations labelmates Protest the Hero and I Hate Sally, and Sunday's early showcase includes a BBQ.

Smith is excited about the weekend's lineup. "The bands that are playing the anniversary weekend are a good mix of local Pavilion regulars and touring bands that have come up through the Pavilion system," he says. "It's like a return to home for a lot of the bands and I'm happy to host them again."

While the first objective for any all-ages venue is to provide teens with a safe place to watch their favourite bands, it also provides young bands a place to discover the stage. Since the venue re-opened Smith has seen a number of acts make a name for themselves on the Pavilion stage, including Risky Business, Autumnstorm and The Letter Unfolds.

Smith is proud to be part of their evolution. "I enjoy putting on shows because you end up helping young bands develop," he says. "That is one of the club's goals—to provide a regular place for young bands to hone their skills and learn how to put on a good show."

Random notes

Experimental noise artist and Radiator Collective mainstay D/A A/D (AKA Alex Pearson) releases his latest disc Rats/Cats/Bats on August 18 at One World Cafe. Myles Deck & The Fuzz have finished their album Beware! The Fuzz; signs point to a release at the Speakeasy later this month. September 8's Billy Talent show has moved from Alderney Landing to the Metro Centre, and Metric has announced a September 14 show at the Cunard Centre, $30 adv/$35 door. Get tickets at sonicconcerts.com or call 494-3820.

Play a song for Roche, email scene@thecoast.ca.

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