As is Kinsmen Summerfest tradition, a series of late night concerts will be coming to St. Marys later this month, including performances from Gruveyard on Friday night, July 22, Bobnoxious on Saturday night, July 23, and, returning for a third time to the Summerfest stage, London hard rock trio Kill Effect – which features St. Marys native Steve Leslie on bass – kicking things off on night one, Thursday, July 21.
Leslie, who now lives in London, has been a member of Kill Effect since 2010, and has previously performed at Summerfest with bandmates singer/guitarist Jason Watts and drummer Shawn Lockrey in 2011 and 2012.
Leslie said that, over the years, Kill Effect has worked hard to set a new standard for live performances. He doesn’t just want people to come to the show because they want to support a local band. He wants them to come out because they’re going to have a great time. “We just like to have fun on stage,” he said. “We created a show that engages the audience and hopefully creates a memorable experience for them.”
At the show on July 21, Leslie said people can expect to hear a few of their original tracks, off their 2013 album Stand By, as well as a lot of cover songs pulled from their extended catalogue including songs by artists ranging from the Beatles, Neil Young, and C.C.R., to more modern tracks by the likes of Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and Bush.
In the near future, Leslie said the group hopes to release a new album they’ve been working on – currently untitled – for which they’ve self-recorded and mixed around 10 songs.
Now that Leslie has completed his architectural technology program at Fanshawe College, he’s looking forward to being able to dedicate more time to the band, recording and performing live more often.
“Since our last album we’ve all changed career paths, done some travelling and grown as a band,” he said, noting that on some of their new songs he has also contributed some guitar riffs on top of his bass playing.
Look for news about their new album on Kill Effect’s Facebook page later this year. In the meantime, check them out on stage starting around 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 21 at the St. Marys Kinsmen Summerfest beer tent at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.