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Friday, August 26, 2022

MANEATER Film Review August 26, 2022 Eclectic Arts

MANEATER

Saban Films
Reviewed: 8/26/2022
Rating: 3 / 5

MANEATER in theaters and on Demand and Digital August 26, 2022.

(Saban Films)



The new film, “Maneater” is a new shark film from Saban Films. The plot is simple revolving around a group on vacation that become the target of a shark - a great white shark in an environment they normally aren’t found in.


A local fisherman/shark hunter (played by Trace Adkins) has personal reasons for killing the shark and that is the basic plot of the film.


The characters are forgettable other than the shark hunter Harlan Burke as Trace Adkins has presence on screen and is the only believable character.  The others are pretty faces that are interchangeable.  



(Trace Adkins as Harlan Burke in the thriller, MANEATER, a Saban Films release. Photo courtesy of Saban Films.)


With any shark film the shark is the center of attention. The CGI at times is good and other times really bad. The shark is also made to look more menacing (i.e. unrealistic) with odd markings on its skin and other non great white shark attributes. If the filmmakers had kept the shark looking as realistic as possible, the film would have benefited greatly.


Overall, “Maneater” is another shark film that misses the mark.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE Then Comes Silence Accolade August 23, 2022 Seattle, WA Substation

THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE
Then Comes Silence
Accolade

August 23, 2022
Seattle, WA
Substation

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A night of firsts is always an interesting prospect. Having never been to the Substation in Seattle (plenty of opportunities over the years so I certainly knew of the venue) and only recently discovering the bands on the bill (literally the night before), I was looking forward to a new experience on many levels.


The Bellwether Syndicate are back on the road with a much anticipated full length due in 2023. For the faithful (pun intended), the band (in a live setting they are a five piece) bring a mix of goth, post punk, with a few other influences sliding in the mix as well. The new single “Dystopian Mirror” really took on a whole new shape in the concert setting. Older songs like “Republik” and “Night Watch” got the crowd dancing at a feverish pace.  One cover was thrown in for good measure as well.


William Faith and Sarah Rose Faith, along with their live band, really packed a blackened punch that was most welcome. There’s no reason a goth band can’t satisfy the primal callings of a harder edged band and The Bellwether Syndicate did exactly that.


Count me among the fans that are looking forward to the full length in 2023 as well as the subsequent tour!   


In the special guest slot, Sweden’s Then Comes Silence performed as a duo (with two members not on the U.S. tour and The Bellwether Syndicate’s drummer Stevyn Grey pulling double duty on this tour) and this incarnation was awe inspiring. They came across as though nothing was different - the uptempo, dark, and mesmerizing set went over well with the fans at the Substation. In support of their new album, “Hunger”, Alex and Hugo and Stevyn made a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. I suspect when they return (and hopefully they do return to the U.S.) as a four piece, they will be making even more waves. A band to get to know - now.


Seattle’s Accolade opened up the show with a tight set of music. Ethereal vocals and a mix of music (both live and programmed) set the mood nicely for the rest of the evening.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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Monday, August 22, 2022

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery August 21, 2022 Eclectic Arts

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
August 21, 2022
Woodinville, WA
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

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Every now and then the perfect mix of artists, venue, and season occurs in the greater Seattle, WA area and Sunday evening was one such event. Longtime favorites Fitz And The Tantrums returned to the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Concert Series alongside co-headliner Andy Grammer, along with opener We Three.


The sold out event had the capacity crowd arriving early to claim their picnic spots on the lawn with the reserved seated area bringing up the rear in terms of arrivals. An 80 degree day just set the mood as wine bottles were purchased, food was eaten, and a hungry appetite for feel good music awaited.


Fitz And The Tantrums are no strangers to the Seattle area nor the road in general. They have made their reputation on their live performances, my earliest gig being 2011. They blew me away then and Sunday night they had me grinning from ear to ear all over again.


Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals), James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass), and John Wicks (drums, percussion) took the stage as night had settled in and started things off with “OCD” quickly followed up with “Complicated”.


The band was in fine form as they then launched into “Out Of My League”. The crowd was up, dancing, singing, and clapping along all through their set.


The first single from the forthcoming new album “Sway” went over well as did “Moneymaker”. I was happy to hear “6am” in the set.


“Moneygrabber” kicked things into overdrive as they eventually encored with the trifecta of “Handclap”, “All The Feels”, and of course, “The Walker”.


The sold out crowd loved the set and wanted more but it was not to be (strict curfews at this outdoor venue). As they always say, leave them wanting more, and Fitz And The Tantrums always do just that. They are a band that must be experienced live to fully understand what they’re all about.


Always recommended when they hit your town!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts


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It must be mentioned that Andy Grammer put on one heck of a set and We Three got the energy up as well. A terrific touring bill for those looking for a great time!


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Saturday, August 20, 2022

BEDOUIN BURGER at the High Dive in Seattle, WA August 17, 2022 Eclectic Arts

BEDOUIN BURGER

August 17, 2022
Seattle, WA
High Dive Seattle

(All Photos By Mark Sugiyama for Eclectic Arts (c) 2022)


Being media I get alerted to quite a few shows that are coming to town by artists I’m unfamiliar with. Every now and then an artist will stand out to me so I’ll look into them and then make a decision about possibly covering their show(s).


Bedouin Burger is one such artist.


Based in France but with roots in Lebanon and Syria, Zeid Hamdan and Lynn Adib make up the duo known as Bedouin Burger. Their form of Arabic music mixed with electronica, singer/songwriter, and other influences makes for a unique sound which intrigued me upon the first listen.


The band were playing a select round of US shows, one of which was in Seattle at the High Dive on Wednesday evening.


Some bands you need to experience in concert. Watching them on YouTube or any other platform will never do them justice. Bedouin Burger is one of these bands. In the live environment, they create a mood that is both positive and deeply emotional.


The audience at the High Dive were either dancing, smiling, or lost in a trance-like state all through the band's ninety minute set. Describing the band's music in words will never be enough to capture what the band are about. There is just such a wide mix of sounds emanating from the stage that they really are a band to see live to truly understand what they bring to the musical table.


Lynn has a beautiful voice, haunting at times. She is also a multi instrumentalist as is her musical partner Zeid. Together they are really on to something new and exciting.  I was so glad that I caught their show in Seattle.  I enjoyed it so much that I was contemplating how to get out of my committments for the very next night in Edmonds where they performed.  Yes, they were that good (and unfortunately I couldn't make things work for the Edmonds show)!


Highly recommended!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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