John Carpenter: ‘Release the Bats’ Tour, Manchester 29-10-16, Victoria Warehouse – UKHS review by Rosie Gibbs

rtb_manchester_570x440John Carpenter: ‘Release the Bats’ Tour, Manchester 29-10-16, Victoria Warehouse – UKHS review by Rosie Gibbs

“I make horror movies.
I love horror movies.
Horror movies will live forever.”

So spoke the man of the moment to a packed crowd of Carpenter-ites a week ago last Saturday, just before treating them to a run-through of the unmistakable theme from probably his best-known directorial work, ‘Halloween’. Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse for an all-too-brief 90 minutes was gifted live renditions of the scores of the superbly varied back catalogue of films by the now 68-year-old auteur from Kentucky.

Carpenter and his touring band, Scott Seiver (drums), Tenacious D associates John Konesky (guitar) and John Spiker (bass), Daniel Davies (lead guitar) and Carpenter Jnr., Cody on lead synth, kicked the show off with an excellent choice of opener – the theme from ‘Escape from New York’. The gentle synth intro to the 1981 cult classic was given a more thunderous live make-over and soon had the crowd of Mancunian Carpenter devotees grooving in fond unison, and the strains of the main theme from ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ were welcomed with similar vigour.

jc1Music then followed from ‘The Thing’ (the only film covered which does not contain music written by Carpenter, but instead by the great Ennio Morricone, whom ‘JC’ gave a humble mention to during his introduction), the bloody excellent main theme from ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and music from the highly under-rated ‘Prince of Darkness’. Interspersed with these were excerpts from Carpenter’s recent album releases, ‘Lost Themes’ and ‘Lost Themes II’. Whilst possibly not as well-recognised as the film compositions, the band’s renditions of tracks such as ‘Wraith’ and ‘Vortex’ were still played to much appreciation and helped pad out the show’s run-time, as well as showcase Carpenter’s more modern musical work outside of film with the help of songs co-written by Davies and Carpenter Jnr.

The man himself and his band were characteristically laid-back yet not averse to a little showmanship and gentle humour, most notably donning shades and popping in gum during the theme from ‘They Live’, to the screen back-drop of the film’s famous subliminal messages, and of course having the smoke machines give it some welly during ‘The Fog”s theme. Indeed, the obligatory background footage from each film as its theme played was very well tied in with the rhythm and mood of each song, and it was admittedly a rather heart-warming treat to hear the crowd cheer at the sight of Carpenter favourites Kurt Russell, Jamie Lee Curtis, the fabulous Victor Wong and Donald Pleasance, plus of course our old friend Michael.

It was as thrilling as I expected to see the man himself in person performing classic music from his most successful films (tracks from his later offerings such as ‘Ghosts of Mars’ and ‘Vampires’ were perhaps understandably left alone!) and the whole show served as a reminder to treasure of the stories he’s told, the characters he has brought to life and simply fact that he’s a damned gifted composer to boot, whose musical talent is perhaps only now getting the real credit it deserves. During the encore we were given music from another under-rated Carpenter staple, ‘In the Mouth of Madness’, and Carpenter introduced the final song with a warning for us to all be sure to get home safe, as “Christine is out there!”

jc2On social media there have been some complaints that the Victoria Warehouse wasn’t the right venue for this gig and I would certainly agree with that – it was over-crowded and possibly the original venue, the Albert Hall, would have been more suited. Also, we were promised a venue ‘Halloween transformation’; not sure twenty-odd pumpkins really qualifies as that? Mind you, many of the peeps in the crowd had transformed into Snakes, MacReadys, Thunders and They Live aliens which made sure as a whole we were covered on that front! Over-priced drinks and visibility issues aside, I can probably safely say that the event was still thoroughly enjoyable…it’s the Horror Master for God’s sake, and who knew we would ever get this opportunity which could well be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing? Having said that, John Carpenter does not seem to be showing any sign of packing up the synthesiser for good any time soon.

Long may the Master continue, in whatever form he chooses.

Johnny B Morbid – Fall of The Cicada album review

jbm1Johnny B Morbid – “Fall of the Cicada” Album Review

If there’s one thing I learned about Johnny B Morbid from his 2013 release, “Welcome to Die”, it’s that he’ll be blurring the lines between genres left and right. You won’t know what you’re in store for next. This remains true on his latest release, “Fall of the Cicada” (out February 2015, we’re a little late to the party, but that won’t stop us from reviewing it).

As a little background to Johnny B Morbid, basically, it’s a one man project for the recording process. For live shows, a group of (what I can only assume are phenomenal) musicians are enlisted. The whole thing started in 2005 and it grew into a band that gained a big following and earned opening spots for bands like The Misfits, Gwar, The Offspring, Bad Religion and more. There was even a point when Johnny, himself, stepped in to play bass with former Misfits frontman, Michale Graves.

Sadly, Johnny tells me he intends on this being the last JBM album. Luckily, that lit a fire in him to pull out all the stops. He pumped out the highest quality record he possibly could. Trust me, that’s a very good thing for us listeners.

When you start this album, one thing is immediately clear: the production quality on this one is big step up. This is top notch. A lot of bands are putting together records in their bedrooms, garages and living rooms (and, many times, it sounds like it). If that’s the case here, he did an amazing job. I’d assume, wherever he recorded this, that he used a producer/engineer that knew what they were doing (something more bands should try doing). Again, if he did the recording process himself, he needs to pat himself on the back.

The album starts off very pop punk-sounding, but with a lot of metal riffing. My initial thought to the opening two tracks, was that this was really good, but it was so poppy; almost to the point that I wasn’t sure I was “supposed” to like it. I still did and the album really opens up from here. Keeping a poppy edge on such killer riffs and intense lyrics sets JBM apart from so many others.

jbm2We get a complete 180 from the opening tracks on songs like “Exile”, which is a standout track to me. Its brutal, almost black metal assault from the beginning grabs you and doesn’t let go. The vocals are a little grittier on this song than most of the others, too. It’s just got that certain something that feels extra intense.

Throughout “Fall of the Cicada”, we’re being woven through genres, mostly punk and metal, and getting all the rules thrown out the window. It makes for a fresh feeling. We’re used to metal bands with brutal, unintelligible verses that lead to singy, catchy (usually wussy-sounding) choruses. What JBM does on this album is a mixture we don’t hear too often. Clean, sleek, harmonizing metal riffs with clean, well-sung, poppy-yet-thought-provoking vocals that have the harshness they need, when it’s needed.

A little warning for any of you religious types: if you’re one of those “I like horror but I also live to serve the lord” people, you’re going to want to stay away. It’s unapologetic in its onslaught against organized religion and the theme comes back several times throughout this album. Songs like “True Believer” and “Crucifiction” really hammer it in.

I have a minor issue with this album in comparison to “Welcome to Die” and it’s that “Fall of the Cicada”, as a whole, just isn’t as catchy. I’m in no way slamming this fact, because it’s easier to listen to, overall. Plus, the songs are still pretty damn catchy. I just wonder if I’ll listen to this as much, regardless of the technical improvements. That said, it’s a pretty small thing, really, but this review can’t be all good, right? I had to find SOMETHING almost negative to say.

I should mention, though, that the more listens I give this album, the more it takes hold of me. I think “Welcome to Die” grew on me more and more with each listen. It’s still in my regular rotation and, while I can’t remember my score for that album when I reviewed it, I’d probably rank it higher now than I did then. This could very well be the same type of thing with “Fall of the Cicada”.

On the other side of things, something on the Johnny B Morbid’s previous album that was a little hard for me to get past was that it seemed there could have been more emphasis on taking more time with the vocal takes. Some of it just sounded a little off. This is not the case with “Fall of the Cicada”, at all. The vocals are spot-on throughout the entire record. It really does sound great.

jbm3As a little incentive to those who like digital downloads and are unsure about getting that format versus a CD copy of this album, the CD version comes with a cover of Faith No More’s “As the Worm Turns”. JBM expands the sound even more than what we’ve come to expect with this cover. Lots of synths and heavy riffing make this a very worthy inclusion. Plus, it’s never a bad thing to have a little something familiar thrown in there. That’s always a good way to bring in potential new fans.

If this is, indeed, the swan song of Johnny B Morbid, it’s a great way to go out. Crushing power metal, black metal and poppy punk all thrown together into one outstanding production of extremely listenable horror/dark themed music. Grab it from johnnybmorbid.bandcamp.com/.

8 out of 10

As a side bar, check out the official music video for “True Believer” (below) , the first single off of this album. Much like the album, itself, the video production quality is amazing and has a special guest star. UKHS readers and cult movie fans from all over the world will be thrilled at the inclusion of Troma head honcho, Lloyd Kaufman.

Chris Cavoretto

John Carpenter new track Distant Dream released – listen here

jcarp2John Carpenter releases new track Distant Dream from forthcoming album Lost Themes II

Following the recent announcement that John Carpenter will release a new album Lost Themes II this April 15th on Sacred Bones, we are pleased to share the record’s first single ‘Distant Dream’.

‘Distant Dream’ is a perfect sci-fi fever dream, built on swelling synthesizer and pulsing drum machine. The track is one of Carpenter’s creepiest works to date – proof the ’70s horror genre’s innovator is still also its leader in 2016.

‘Distant Dream’ on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/john-carpenter-distant-dream/

The track accompanies a string of new live dates, including first ever appearances in the U.S., adding to the previously announced UK shows and European festival dates. These shows will be Carpenter’s first ever live performances and will see him take to the stage accompanied by his son Cody Carpenter, godson Daniel Davies and a full backing band, performing his classic film score themes and recent works from Lost Themes I and II.

More information on Lost Themes II:

On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever album of non-soundtrack material. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Lost Themes was also a milemarker in its label’s catalog, being one of the best selling albums in Sacred Bones’ eight-year history. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.

jcarp1Now, Carpenter prepares to release a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II, which is due for release on April 15th via Sacred Bones.

The follow-up album brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more fluid and thematic record. Lost Themes’ cowriters and musicians Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Unlike their first album, when they often worked over the internet exchanging themes over the course of several years, this time all three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films. The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor; more electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks with which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.

“Distant Dream” is available as an instant grat download when preordering Lost Themes II on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/LostThemesIIiTunes

John Carpenter live dates:

June
2 ES Barcelona Primavera
15 US Portland Arlene Schnitzer
17 US Oakland Fox Theatre
18 US LA Orpheum
21 US Denver Gothic Theatre
23 US Austin Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US Dallas Majestic Theater
July
2-7 IS Ásbrú ATP Iceland
6 CH Neuchâtel International Film Festival
8 US New York Playstation Theatre
12 US Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
15 US Detroit The Masonic Temple
October
28 UK Manchester Albert Hall
29 UK Manchester Albert Hall
31 UK London Troxy

Lost Themes II tracklist:

1. Distant Dream
2. White Pulse
3. Angel’s Asylum
4. Hofner Dawn
5. Windy Death
6. Dark Blues
7. Virtual Survivor
8. Bela Lugosi
9. Last Sunrise
10. Utopian Façade

Links:

iTunes Pre-Order
Website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
SacredBones.com

The Gift of Christmas Fear – Horror Music for Creepmas (special edition) by Sam Haynes – Halloween Haunt Music

MERRY-CREEPMAS-Cover-660x660The Gift of Christmas Fear – Horror Music for Creepmas (special edition) by Sam Haynes – Halloween Haunt Music

Check out Sam Haynes latest CD – The Gift of Christmas Fear which is out now . This new CD is a dark electro-orchestral Horror take on traditional Christmas carols and also contains original Christmas soundtrack music for haunted attractions and horror movies.

To celebrate Creepmas the CD is available completely free – YES they are giving it away til December 13th on a ‘name your price’ basis.

Just hit buy now on our bandcamp site and enter whatever you like.

GET IT HERE – https://samhaynes1.bandcamp.com/

The album is inspired by Christmas horror movies such as Silent Night Deadly Night and Christmas Evil. For this CD they took old familiar Christmas music and mixed it with horror score orchestral music and even some electronic beats. The result is sure to give you the winter chills and would be perfect for a Christmas themed horror movie or dark attraction. All of the music is podcast friendly so producers can use it any way they like too.

Links

www.Hauntmusic.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/2013HALLOWEEN

https://twitter.com/SamHaynes31

Review of the album from Icons of Fright:

It’s a great set of tunes that you can put on during Christmas parties, and any other occasion in which you want to scare the crap out of unwanted guests or hell, just to set the horrific mood during this coming holiday season. “Silent Nightmare”, the fourth track off of the release is one that just brings the most devilish grin to my face. I really dig Haynes’ stuff, and think you fright fanatics would do yourselves a favor by checking this one out.

The New Album from Werewolves In Siberia ‘The Dead House’ Has Landed!!

The new full length album from the master of horror inspired dark electro-synth soundscapes WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA has landed!

wislogoFor those who do not know, Werewolves in Siberia is a one man project from Chris Cavoretto that takes the listener into a horror film through his music , WIS have two previous full length releases Beyond The City Of The Dead and the début The Rising . Likened by many (including myself ) to the great JC (that’s Mr Carpenter) Werewolves In Siberia immerse you into a horror soundscape reminiscent of the great horror films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, you can sit back and allow ones mind to drift into the scenes that Chris sculpts through his music.

The Dead House was released 18th September 2015 and takes Werewolves In Siberia onto another level. This is a full on concept album and details are below. But enough to say that The Dead House takes you on a trip to the best places in horror, it draws you in then padlocks you to the old rocking chair in Grandma’s bedroom. There is no escape. It is atmospheric, haunting and just plain stunning.

I never meant to review The Dead House as Chris is a regular UK Horror Scene contributor and this could be seen as nepotism by some, so this is not a review but FUCK IT – Werewolves In Siberia are a force in horror music and should be listened to. This music needs your attention, it is not for listening to on a commute but more in moments of quiet contemplation where the mind can wander to the places WIS want to take you.

Chris Cavoretto is a multi-talented individual who has found his calling and that calling is Werewolves in Siberia.

The Dead House is available NOW and get this, it costs the princely sum of $3 . SO buy it, listen and enjoy but above all tell other people about Werewolves in Siberia and support talented indie artists.

Buy The Dead House here – http://werewolvesinsiberia.bandcamp.com/album/the-dead-house

wisdhThe story of The Dead House:

It all came crashing down after Louis quit. His sobriety wasn’t enough to cure the damage he’d done to Elaine. It was time to make a new start, build their marriage again, brick by brick. Then, Elaine inherited her grandmother’s country home. The foundations of that dusty old house could provide the foundations to their clean new life together, but then the voices started. The hell inside his head had found a new home.

About Werewolves in Siberia:

For the follow-up to 2013’s “The Rising” and 2014’s “Beyond the City of the Dead”, Werewolves in Siberia offers up the story of “The Dead House”. Not satisfied with sounding like every other popular synthwave artist, Chris Cavoretto, the man behind Werewolves in Siberia, continues to evolve the project through experimentation. Blending the ideas of 70’s and 80’s horror scores with elements of punk, metal and hip-hop, Werewolves in Siberia’s style stands alone.

In 2014, Werewolves in Siberia grabbed the attention of Fangoria Magazine. The horror magazine kingpin started a new horror music label, Fangoria Musick, and released “Dawn of the Flesheaters”, an exclusive collection of songs from the first two albums.

“Imagine John Carpenter’s signature fat, deep analog electro synth sound thrown into an aural blender and fed to a cyborg lycanthrope. You have the basic idea of how WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA sounds. Seriously, the band sounds like that.” -Fangoria Magazine

There is no evidence of Werewolves in Siberia slowing down heading into 2016. First up, special Halloween-themed covers. Then, a collection of rarities on Fangoria Musick, an original 7″ and a slasher comic soundtrack.

Please click on the links and support indie horror!!

WIS Bandcamp Music – http://werewolvesinsiberia.bandcamp.com/music

WIS Bandcamp Merch – http://werewolvesinsiberia.bandcamp.com/merch

WIS Website – http://werewolvesinsiberia.com

WIS Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WerewolvesInSiberia

WIS Twitter – https://twitter.com/werewolves_i_s

 

L7 – Camden Electric Ballroom, 16th June 2015

l71L7 – Camden Electric Ballroom, 16th June 2015

Last Tuesday, 16th June 2015, the L7 reunion tour rolled into Camden’s Electric Ballroom for the classic line-up’s first London show in around 18 years. Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Dee Plakas back together on stage again since their last album together, Hungry For Stink.

Back in their original heyday, L7 were a band often associated with courting controversy, but, being based mainly on just two incidents, both perpetrated by Sparks (throwing a used tampon into the crowd at the Reading festival and performing live on Channel 4’s The Word with her trousers and underpants pulled down), this tag always seemed lazy and unfair, with the band being about so much more than simple gimmicks. L7 were never afraid to air their political views and were outspoken supporters of the pro-choice movement during the 90s, but again, they never allowed themselves to fall into the trap of becoming predictably outraged and boring, as so many of their peers did. No, despite the serious subject matter of some songs, watching and listening to L7 was always about one overriding thing; having fun. Which is what all good rock n roll should be about.

Tonight, the band take the stage against a backdrop of their iconic “skeleton hands” logo and break straight into Deathwish with dash and energy, which the crowd respond to in kind. The set flies by in a whir, during which we are treated to a set of back catalogue greatest hits, mainly taken from Bricks Are Heavy, but with a few honourable mentions from Smell the Magic and Hungry For Stink thrown in. Gardner, Sparks and Finch share the vocal duties amongst tracks such as Monster, Andre, Everglade, Slide, Mr. Integrity and Right On Through. The set even includes an airing of One more Thing, which Sparks admits “We never used to play back in the day.” It’s very welcome here and shows a more reflective side to the band, particularly Finch, whose emotional vocal is very different to the tracks she normally leads on, which tend to be a lot of L7’s more aggressive material.

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L7 at Garage, Glasgow. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

The years don’t seem to have taken any toll on the band themselves, Plakas tireless behind her drums, Gardner a picture of effortless cool with her ubiquitous shades, Sparks all focused intensity and Finch a madwoman, rolling around on her back, kicking her legs up and offering her bass out into the crowd. There are wind-ups to the people up on the balcony, Sparks offering them out and admonishments to the LA crowd for not selling out as quick as this London show, which sold out faster than any other show on this tour. Amongst the jumping, pogoing, rolling around, joking and general lunacy that takes over the Electric Ballroom, one can’t help but notice something important; L7 sound AMAZING. AMAZING.

In my twenty-odd years of going to gigs, I am genuinely hard pushed to think of a better sounding show. As one audience member is overheard to say, “they sound as good as a record!” She was not wrong and this polished, professional performance makes a mockery of the old suggestions that L7 were a “basic” band and claims made in the past by the band themselves that the reason they play the style they do is because they were not technically proficient enough to play thrash. Well, it is testament to L7 that whilst many of those bands enjoy “guitar hero” status, a lot of them sound like a right old racket live when compared to this.

The main set comes to a close with a furious rendition of Shitlist, Sparks’ voice never faltering, despite the physicality of her performance. As the band depart the stage, the crowd wait in a fervour and, after a short time, the lights come back up, there is a declaration from Gardner that this is “definitely my favourite crowd ever”, and we’re off again with a cover of Eddie and the Hotrods’ American Society, cheekily followed by 90s mega-hit, Pretend We’re Dead. Proceedings are finally brought to a close with the bludgeoning menace of Fast and Frightening, which sends the band – and subsequently the crowd – into overdrive.

L7-LogoAnd, too soon, it’s over. L7 have smashed it; no band has any right to combine that much energy with such a good sound. The audience start to filter out and you can tell from the excited murmur that drifts up into the Camden night that people know they’ve seen something special. For this reason, let’s hope that L7 stay with us for a bit longer. And I’ll admit my twenty year old crush on Jennifer Finch is definitely back a bit.

Legendary Rockers The Tubes Announce 40th Anniversary UK Tour

tubes1THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR

The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band whose 1975 debut album included the controversial rock anthem White Punks on Dope, celebrate their 40th Anniversary when they embark on a 9-date UK tour in August 2015. The tour kicks off at Bristol, The Fleece on August 3, followed Brighton Concorde 2 (August 4), Southampton, The Brook (August 6), London Clapham Grand (August 7), Manchester Club Academy (August 8), Glasgow, The Art School (August 9), Leeds Brudenell Arts Club (August 11), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (August 12), and Wolverhampton Robin 2 (August 13).

The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to millions of rock fans around the world for their combined quasi-pornography with outrageous satires of media, consumerism, and politics, epitomised by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, such as the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd. In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released a ground-breaking live album entitled What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, and also made their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

The Tubes are best remembered for their 1983 single She’s a Beauty, a top 3 U.S. hit single bolstered by a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV. The current five-man line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter who’s played with the band since 2006. The upcoming tour will see The Tubes perform their classics including What Do You Want From Life?, MondoBondage, Sushi Girl, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.

 

THE TUBES
40th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR

BRISTOL, THE FLEECE
MONDAY 3rd AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £27.50 / BOX OFFICE: 0117 945 0996
BOOK ONLINE: SEE TICKETS, BRISTOL TICKET SHOP, GIGANTIC
DOORS: 17:30
12 THOMAS STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6JJ
http://thefleece.co.uk

BRIGHTON, CONCORDE 2
TUESDAY 4th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £26.50 + BOOKING FEE / BOX OFFICE: 01273 673 311
BOOK ONLINE: Concorde 2
DOORS: 19:30
MADEIRA DRIVE, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, BN2 1EN
www.concorde2.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON, THE BROOK
THURSDAY 6th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £22.00 ADVANCE / £25.00 ON THE DOOR
BOOK ONLINE: WE GOT TICKETS / DOORS: 20:00
BOX OFFICE: 02380 555 366 / 1-7pm MONDAY-SATURDAY
466 PORTSWOOD ROAD, SOUTHMAMPTON, SO17 3SD
www.the-brook.com

LONDON, CLAPHAM GRAND
FRIDAY 7th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £25.00 (Stalls), £30.00 (Circle) + Booking Fee
BOX OFFICE: 020 7223 6523  / BOOK ONLINE: AGMP, EVENTIM
EMAIL: [email protected] / DOORS: 19:00
21-25 ST JOHN’S HILL, CLAPHAM JUNCTION, LONDON, SW11 1TT
www.claphamgrand.com

MANCHESTER, CLUB ACADEMY
SATURDAY 8th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £25.00 + BOOKING FEE
BOX OFFICE: 0161 275 2930 / BOOK ONLINE: AGMP, TICKETLINE, EVENTIM
DOORS: 19:30
OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER, M13 9PR
www.manchesteracademy.net

GLASGOW, THE ART SCHOOL
SUNDAY 9th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £23.00 + BOOKING FEE
BOOK ONLINE: SYNERGY CONCERTS / DOORS: 19:30
GSA STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION, 20 SCOTT STREET, GLASGOW, G3 6PE
www.theartschool.co.uk

LEEDS, BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
TUESDAY 11th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £25.00 + BOOKING FEE
BOOK ONLINE: SEE TICKETS, WE GOT TICKETS, JUMBO RECORDS, CRASH RECORDS
BOX OFFICE: 0113 275 2411 / DOORS: 19:30
33 QUEEN’S ROAD, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE, LS6 1NY
www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk

EDINBURGH, LIQUID ROOMS
WEDNESDAY 12th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £23.00 + BOOKING FEE
BOOK ONLINE: TICKETWEB, SYNGERY CONCERTS
BOX OFFICE: 0131 225 2564 / DOORS: 19:00
9c VICTORIA STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 2HE
www.liquidroom.com

WOLVERHAMPTON, ROBIN 2
THURSDAY 13th AUGUST 2015

TICKETS: £22.5O (ADVANCE), £25.00 (ON THE DOOR)
BOOK ONLINE: ROBIN 2 / BOX OFFICE: 01902 401 211
20-28 MOUNT PLEASANT, BILSTON, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV14 7LJ
www.therobin.co.uk

 

UK Horror Punk Band – Thirteen Shots – The Interview

13shots1.00_png_srzThirteen Shots interview

I recently spoke with Johnny Rose, frontman for one of the UK’s up and coming horror punk bands, Thirteen Shots. This all leads the way to their new album and European tour. Both of which hit this May.

CC – Okay, first things first. A little introduction to Thirteen Shots.
How did the band start and what was the idea behind it all in the beginning?

JR – Thirteen Shots was founded in 2011 with a simple aim of making a mixed genre, fun, energetic band based on B-movie, horror and vintage cinema lyrics. Being very influenced by the golden age of cinema, I wanted that era to be the catalyst of everything we do. We all come from very different musical backgrounds and we try to encourage all the styles to breathe throughout our music.

CC – How did the name Thirteen Shots come about? It screams horror punk but I’m not quite sure why.

JR – Haha. I have no idea! There’s many reasons I like to tell people, but the truth is I just loved the ring to it. It leaves a little mystery to us, as opposed to real obvious horror themed band names. We wrote down loads of them. We was almost called The Gargoyles.

13shots2CC – The Gargoyles?! Ha! We might not be doing this interview right now. I probably would have never checked you guys out with that name. Thirteen Shots works great for your sound.

JR – You think that one is bad! We booked our first show under ‘The Last Reunion’. People were expecting a bloody emo band! However, I think we got the correct name in the end!

CC – Definitely. It really fits. Listening to your older albums, it’s obvious you have a ton of influences. I mean, every song has a slightly different feel to it but it all rounds itself out nicely without feeling scattered. Who influenced you most on your new album?

JR – I would say, without doubt, Black Sabbath… with a hint of Turbonegro and early Misfits. We really wanted to push ourselves this record. I had this concept idea of creating a silent movie with a soundtrack being the album. As the writing process took it’s shape, I soon created three tracks to become the main event and the other tunes are all little ‘shorts’ which would be on before the main movie. This was how cinema events was in the early days. So, it’s very much a tip of the hat to the golden age.

CC – Very cool. Not only are you in Thirteen Shots, but you’ve also started the Undead Artists label. Can you tell the readers about that?

JR – Yes. I have always wanted to run a record label and I was always worried about mixing both label and band together. But, following a couple of interesting experiences with record labels I decided to give it a try.
My approach is very much a record label for bands, run by a band… I try to treat bands how I would like to be treated, myself.

13shots4CC – Thirteen Shots was recently part of the Traveling Morgue Horror Festival with Zombina and the Skeletones, Lupen Tooth, Gravedale High and a bunch more. Undead Artists was behind this, in conjunction with Graveyard Calling, if I’m correct. How did that whole thing come about and how did it go?

JR – Tommy Creep (Graveyard Calling Records, Lupen Tooth) and myself was talking about putting on the UK’s first Horror Punk festival and decided to just throw ourselves in the deep end! It was a huge success, I felt. We are already planning next year’s. Hopefully, bigger and better!!!

CC – I hope so. Creating a community with the bands and the fans like this can only help. Back to Thirteen Shots; what can people expect from the new album?

JR – It’s certainly a full on album… loads of riffs, thunderous drums and catchy choruses. Each tune has a different style and feel to it, without feeling too scattered.

CC – What is the release info on this album? Title, formats, release date…

JR – Black Smiles will be released on the 24/05/15 on two formats.
(1) Digital with two bonus tracks
(2) CD and T-Shirt combo pack

CC – With a new album, I’m sure, comes some live shows. What can people expect to see from you live?

JR – Yes. This year shall be spent touring the UK and Europe extensively. 2016 looks like we could be visiting the States to promote Black Smiles. Just waiting on confirmation on that!

CC – That would be great! I don’t head to shows often, but I’d come out if you guys made it to my neck of the woods over here in the US. I think you’d fare pretty well. Anyway, what’s the next big step for Thirteen Shots?

JR – I think the future, for us, is just making sure as many people see and hear us as possible. Black Smiles is an album that we are 100% proud of and we need to just promote it hard. I have a few ideas for the next project, but right now it’s all about Black Smiles.

13shots6CC – That’s probably a good idea, seeing as how you’re just getting going with Black Smiles and all the press that comes with it. What’s next for Undead Artists?

JR – Undead Artists has eight great bands and I look very much forward to releasing their music and helping them gain as much exposure as possible. I don’t wish to have any more bands. I have my perfect roster, all offering something different!

CC – Cool. Sounds like you’ve got a good plan going forward for both, the band and Undead Artists. Now, let’s talk horror a little. What’s you’re all time favorite horror movie?

JR – For me its the old B-Movies, I’m an odd guy. I am not massively keen on all the CGI and stuff like that. I enjoy the good old fashioned films but, horror-wise, it has to be Creature from the Black Lagoon… and, also, I enjoy Escape from Forbidden Planet, with a very young Leslie Nielsen as the lead. Oh, and the original Dracula. Now that’s a film!

CC – Ah, Creature from the Black Lagoon… that one’s my favorite of the Universal Monsters era… Are there any specific horror movies you watched that sparked creativity while writing Black Smiles?

JR – Not so much horror but more thriller. When writing Black Smiles, the short film I wanted to base the villain scenes on was the style of the first ever Batman series in 1943. It was so dark, very little effects, just acting and suspense. Then for the good guys, it’s all about the 3 Stooges. Although, I guess you can say 4 stooges! The difficult task will be mixing it together so the dark and the humour mixes well.

CC – Who’s your favorite horror villain?

JR – Dracula, he’s just one cool dude.

CC – If you had to be thrown into any one horror movie, which one would you choose and what role would you take?

JR – It would have to be the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, the Creature because he gets to grab the girl! Other than that, I would love to be in Shaun of the Dead as a zombie.

13shots7CC – Remakes. Are any of them worth while? If so, which ones are you into?

JR – Not really, remakes are lazy, in my opinion. Can’t think of anything new? Don’t work in the movies.

CC – Is there any dream of getting your songs into horror soundtracks? Sometimes it’s cool to get that underground rock song on a background radio or during the end credits. Being that you guys have so many different styles you encompass, I could see plenty of it working for a ton of different things in the future.

JR – We have been featured in one horror movie in Canada, which was a great experience, but nothing much more has come our way. I would love to be playing in a movie and we all get killed! Like in our video for ‘Zombies from the USSR’.

CC – Sounds great! I think that’s all I’ve got. Thanks for taking the time. Good luck with everything moving forward. Is there anything else you’d like to let people know before we’re done here?

JR – All I would say, really, is thank you for your support and keep supporting the scene. It’s starting to grow with some great bands daring to be different. Don’t fight it, just support and enjoy the ride. It’s going to be killer!

For your listening pleasure, we’ve got an exclusive first glimpse into Black Smiles with the single, Cobradeer. You won’t hear it anywhere else.

LINKS

Website – http://thirteenshots.wix.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenshotsband/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thirteenshotsuk

Bandcamp – https://thirteenshots.bandcamp.com

Make sure to catch Thirteen Shots on their European Tour.

22/5/15 – Breaking Bands Fest, England
28/5/15 – La Source, Le Mans, France
29/5/15 – Cafe Ammehoela, Bree, Belgium
30/5/15 – Yesterday Club, Bremerhaven, Germany
1/6/15 – Secret Show, Nüremberg
2/6/15 – Utopia, Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
3/6/15 – 100 As Klub, RoHam, Budapest, Hungary
5/6/15 – Lucky Ducks Clubhiem, Feldkirch, Austria
6/6/15 – Plan B, Heilbronn, Germany
23/6/15 – The Palace Theatre, Redditch, England
4/7/15 – Kraak, Manchester, England
24/7/15 – South Sea Live, Sheffield, England

The Script – Live – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield 28th February 2015 – Gig Review

The ScriptThe Script – Live – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield 28th February 2015 – Gig Review

Support: Tinie Tempah

Saturday, 28th February 2015

Irish rock band The Script hit Sheffield big time last Saturday with one hell of a performance. The trio, singer Danny O’Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power wowed fans from start to finish in a packed-out arena.

The concert began with Tinie Tempah. Tinie had replaced Labrinth, who was originally touring with the Irish rock band. Tinie entertained the audience with ‘Written In The Stars’, ‘Pass Out’, ‘Miami to Ibiza’ and ‘Tsunami’. He made a great support act, giving the crowd an energetic and highly entertaining show, which everyone enjoyed.

The Script made their appearance shortly after Tinie left the stage, it was a quick turnaround and I knew the best was yet to come!

scriptPhoto 1Kicking off the show with a line of people holding green flag poles as the band paid homage to their traditional Irish roots walking towards the stage with an overwhelming round of applause and whistles, they began to entertain the crowd with ‘Paint the Town Green’. A fantastic track from their latest album ‘No Sound Without Silence’. Among highlights were ‘If You Could See Me Now’, the emotional track from their third studio album ‘#3’ addressing the death of vocalist Danny O’Donoghue’s father and both of Mark Sheehan’s parents. ‘Superheroes’ which was done superbly with fantastic laser lighting and stunning images on the giant screen at the back of the main stage .

‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, which the band performed on an enclosed platform near the back of the arena was a real joy to hear. This track had fans singing along before The Script disappeared into the darkness with O’Donoghue popping up in the crowd with a go-pro camera, filming himself as he sang making his way back to the main stage, interacting with the crowd. He was moving along the arena seating area with fans going wild, singing along and posing for selfies. My other favourite tracks included ‘Breakeven’ and ‘For the First Time’.

scriptphoto 2The Script not only put on one outstanding gig but also showed us just how proud and appreciative they are of their loyal fans. They finished the show with crowd favourite ‘Hall of Fame’, with glitter flying through the air in every direction, showering us like heavy snow. A fantastic show with great lighting, effects and atmosphere that was without a doubt worth every penny!

10/10

Setlist

Paint the Town Green

Hail Rain or Sunshine

Breakeven

The End Where I Begin

(Intro)

Before the Worst

Superheroes

If You Could See Me Now

Man on a Wire

Nothing

Good Ol’ Days

Transition to B-Stage

Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You”

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

You Won’t Feel a Thing

Transition to Main Stage

Six Degrees of Separation

It’s Not Right for You

Encore:

The Energy Never Dies

For the First Time

No Good in Goodbye

Hall of Fame

Calabrese “Lust for Sacrilege” album review & interview

CALABRESE-Lust-For-Sacrilege-UK-Tour-2015-AD-MAT-With-DatesCalabrese “Lust for Sacrilege” album review & interview

Phoenix, Arizona’s Calabrese have been making horror-themed rock and roll for over a decade now. They released the Midnight Spookshow EP in 2003 and have since released six full length albums. In the early years, the band had a slew of fun horror punk songs on each album. The last few years, they’ve still got those but the band’s tone has gotten a bit darker, a bit more serious. Most bands probably couldn’t pull this off. Calabrese, however, have done a great job of it and keeps you interested every step of the way. If Born With a Scorpion’s Touch grabbed you, Lust for Sacrilege will blow you away.

The album starts off with “The Dark is Who I Am”. It’s a brooding intro that would make Type O Negative jealous. Later in the album, they bring that Type O vibe back on the title track. For “Lust for Sacrilege”, lyrically, it feels very “Christian Woman”. Musically, it feels 100% Calabrese. I’d have to say, even those who aren’t Type O fans should be feeling these songs.

There are definitely songs that have that classic Calabrese sound. “Down in Misery”, “Teenage Crimewave” and “Lords of the Wasteland” are proof they haven’t forgotten where they came from. The songs are never boring or feeling like I’ve heard it for five albums already. The guys just keep on kicking out greatness.

“Flesh and Blood” is a song that really sticks out. It’s in the same vain as “I Wanna Be a Vigilante” and “There is an Evil Inside” from Born with a Scorpion’s Touch. It’s slower. It’s broodier. It’s deeper. Much like the first time I heard “Evil Inside”, the song was instantly stuck in my head for days. This is the kind of song I fear might push longtime fans away but I hope will elevate them to the next level like it should. It’s not a change for the sake of trying to do things differently. It’s just a truly great song.

There are two things I noticed about “Wanted Man” and “Serpentflame”. Oddly, I get the same thing from both of these songs and they’re back to back on the album. The first thing isn’t so weird; it’s that they both have a heavy Danzig II vibe in the main riff. The second thing is the odd one. The choruses of both songs have a sort of Nirvana chord progression. It makes for an interesting listen but both songs still feel like Calabrese the whole time and neither of the things I mentioned are in any way meant to diminish how good both of these songs are.

Calabrese lets more of their old school, hardcore punk influence out in “Gimme War”. Lots of fast guitars, “woah” choruses and a Misfits-style solo are all included. This one really gets the blood flowing. It also keeps you feeling like Calabrese haven’t strayed from their roots. It also sets up the super-brooding “New York Ripper” perfectly.

They close the album with the biggest departure from anything they’ve done that I can think of. “Drift into Dust” is an acoustic track with an intro guitar sounding very much like that of the one on Danzig 5’s “Come to Silver”. The Danzig influence is all over this one and it definitely breaks any idea of how you think Calabrese will end an album. It’s a slightly odd ending, but it feels right for them to have gone this route.

My overall assessment of this album is that it’s sure to be a top contender for best rock album of 2015. It’s hard to pick a favorite Calabrese album but this one doesn’t disappoint in the least. It’s not as much horror-oriented as maybe just a really dark album, but it makes for great listening.

Lust for Sacrilege score:
9 out of 10

Bobby Calabrese rocking his face off

Bobby Calabrese rocking his face off

Now, onto my interview with Jimmy, Bobby and Davey Calabrese. Keep in mind the vibe here is all in good fun and these are good guys. There were even moments where they stopped and talked with fans who came up to say hi. Calabrese make a point to get to know their fans and let them in on their own stuff, as well. While we were wrapping things up, a fan even brought them a pizza because, if you follow these dudes on Twitter or Facebook, you know they love pizza.

Calabrese @ The Crazy Horse – Boise, Idaho, USA (Jan 29, 2015)

C- You’ve only been on this tour a couple weeks now but how has it been so far?

B- It’s been cool.
D- Successful.
B- Very successful.
J- Worst tour ever. (laughing)

C- Are you hitting more cities that you haven’t been to much and seeing more people coming to the shows, in general?

J- Yeah. Hitting a lot of North Carolina. We haven’t been there. And like, here, in Boise. It’s the second time. Last night, Spokane for the second time. So, yeah, and a lot of new faces, new people who heard about us from just two albums ago, Born with a Scorpion’s Touch. So, that’s pretty cool. They don’t know the back catalog. But, yeah, new people, new fans so the plan’s working.

C- What’s the toughest thing for you guys about being on the road promoting a record?

D- Driving. I don’t do any of it. (laughing)
B- Lack of sleep. That sucks.
J- Yeah, ditto on the sleep. That’s the worse part. If there’s not enough sleep, that kind of sucks but everything else is cool.
B- Just drink beer, you’ll be fine.

C- Did you guys play in other bands before Calabrese?

B- Not really. Nothing serious.
J- Yeah, but nothing really mentionable.
D- No.

C- I’ve followed you guys for about 10 years, since 13 Halloweens. What really grabbed me about it was that in a sea of horror bands that either sounded like old Misfits or new Misfits, you had your own sound. Was that the goal when you started the band?

B- Yeah, probably. Although, I mean we were influenced by The Misfits and all that stuff but they weren’t the end-all, be-all. There were so many other influences at the time. Maybe it helped with two vocalists. Maybe that helped mix it up. Instead of one guy trying to act like Danzig, there’s two. (laughing)
J- Yeah, I think that’s the key. All the different influences. Maybe all those other bands were just trying to be The Misfits and we were trying to be all these different kinds of bands.
B- Yeah, we were way into surf rock. You could hear a lot of that, probably. Man or Astro-Man… there was a lot of different stuff we were listening to back then, so I don’t know. (laughing) Weird.

Calabrese intro backdrop

Calabrese intro backdrop

C- I’ve found most horror rock fans are into the fun stuff like The Misfits, the serious stuff like Danzig and a lot in between. There’s a lot they listen to. But… it’s also general human nature to hate it any time a band changes things up. On Born with a Scorpion’s Touch, the feeling was a lot deeper than previous albums. That continued on Lust for Sacrilege. Were you worried that fans might not like it or did you figure it’s just where you need to go with it? I mean, it’s not a complete departure. It still sounds like Calabrese but it’s a lot more mature than the first four albums.

B- I think with some of the songs it was like, “this might be kind of weird,” but it’s not one of those things where we purposely went in and said we were gonna change it and screw with everyone’s minds. It was just the way it came out. And you know, that’s all we shit out, that’s all you get, you know?
D- Haters gonna hate. And no matter what you do, there’s always gonna be someone hating it.

C- I can definitely say, I’ve read quite a few reviews and I haven’t read anything bad about the new album.

B- (laughing) It only took five albums.
J- For Scorpion’s Touch, when the sound started to change, or mature, I think once we had it, I was a little nervous for the core fans because even with They Call Us Death, there were some people. But, I guess with They Call Us Death, it was harder and some people didn’t get it but they still liked it. Even though we were kind of worried about it, in the grand scheme of things, it seems like our fans are pretty much accepting of stuff. It was like, we had no choice. That was the music that was coming out so that’s how we were gonna go.

C- As far as the new album goes, I hear a lot of influences in there while keeping the Calabrese sound. I hear some Type O Negative in the opening track, some Danzig (especially Danzig II) and even a few chord progressions that are reminiscent of Nirvana to me (I get some woah’s from the guys on that one. Don’t think that was an influence, just something I got a few places) . What bands were the biggest influences while writing this record.

B- Nirvana baby! No… Obviously Type O, like you said, and Danzig. A lot of metal. We were listening to a lot of metal, like Mastadon. What else?
J- Black Sabbath. We were listening to a lot of that for like the piano parts. Believe it or not there’s like a piano, Goblin-esque kind of riff in one of the Black Sabbath songs. But, we’re letting a lot of the metal influence come through and like the darker stuff. We’ve done all the straight up punk stuff so new we’re just kind of exploring the other kinds of music we all liked. That’s the thing, too, we all still have the same influences. There are core ones we can all agree on and that’s the kind of stuff that comes through.
D- I got something to say, you guys keep taking this up… (laughing) Chris Issak… they’ve got the hard bands in there, but there’s some Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison. Some Joy Division in there. Some of that stuff, too.

Calabrese singalong

Calabrese singalong

C- On social media, it looks like you guys get home from a tour and just immediately start writing music and recording. What is it that you guys actually do? Do you relax a bit or take time apart?

J- Yes. At least a week, we stay away from each other.
D- We love to make music videos and give the fans a visual. We’re always working.

C- You guys have gone from being a local Arizona band to what many consider one of the premier horror rock bands in the U.S., maybe even the world (they’re laughing at the thought of this but I think it’s true)… and it seems you’ve done it all yourselves. Obviously, the music has a lot to do with it but it takes more than that for people to actually take time to pay attention and listen. What do you attribute to the getting the following you have?

B- Longevity! I don’t know, last band standing. (laughing) We’re the last ones, so we win by default. (laughing)
D- A lot of bands have fell baby!. (laughing)
B- We stayed the longest, we win the game. (more laughing)
J- I think the internet revolution really helped us out and the fact that we have a lot in common with our fans. We try to treat fans as friends. I remember some of our first shows in a place called The Fix in Phoenix, I was talking to the owner/promoter and he was telling a younger band like, “see what Calabrese does? After the show, they go out and shake hands, give everybody hugs? That’s what you guys’ve gotta do.” Because the kid was complaining about like ‘why don’t we have a following yet?’ So, that’s just something that, I guess, just being young kids at bars and people are always like drunk and like touchy-feely. It’s like, ‘oh that’s cool’ and we’ll hug back and pretend we’re drunk and everyone’s our best friend and it seems to work. They become our friends. Those seem to be the most dedicated fans… the ones that get to know us and we get to know them. It’s like we have like a cult following going on.

C- You guys are really active on social media. You actually follow people back and talk with the fans on Twitter. Do you think this has helped keep people feeling like they need to keep up with what you’re doing and going to shows when you come to their town?

B- Yeah, probably, maybe. It kind of seems like when you become friends with everybody, if they don’t come to your shows then they feel like they let their friend down or something. I don’t know. We’ve only done it one way so if we did it the other way, I’m not sure it would work. I just don’t know.
J- Yeah, it’s just what we do.

C- You toured the UK a couple years back. How many times have you been and how was the experience?

J- Actually, we haven’t been to the UK, yet. Just Germany. We were close, but just Germany.

(this is where everyone judges me thinking that I think Germany is in the UK, I swear, I thought they went to the UK though and not Germany)

D- This is our first headlining tour in the UK coming up. Headlining… emphasis. (laughing) So, it’ll be great.
J- We’re super stoked.
D- We’ve been hearing they’re selling a lot of tickets so it’ll be good to get out there.

Calabrese singing

Calabrese singing

C- What can people expect to see on this tour?

B- Music… live music and entertainment. (laughing) Just a live, loud, fast show. A lot of the new songs. A lot of the old songs. Just blistering rock and roll.

C- Since this interview is for UK Horror Scene, let’s talk horror. What are some horror movies that get you ready to write new material?

D- I like comedies. (laughing) Any kind of comedy. Horror comedy, this and that… whatever…
B- You know, there’s so much Hammer horror. There’s so much of that and I still haven’t seen a ton of it but that stuff’s pretty cool. Pretty artsy stuff. And some of the Italian stuff. There’s so much that it’s all I’ve got left.
J- The Italian stuff is more artistic, like Argento, so you can kind of loosely base lyrics off of the images and it’ll sound more creative than just straight up…
D- (breaks into song singing “Frankenstein, Frankenstein”)

C- Can each of you name one favorite horror movie?

D- Army of Darkness
J- I thought it was Halloween, then I rewatched that. It used to scare the crap out of me and I watched it a few months ago, it was like damn, it didn’t quite hold up. The one movie I watched the most, I better not watch it again, it might not hold up, but Dead Alive.
B- What do I like, I guess I’d have to go with Near Dark or something. Just ‘cause I haven’t seen it in awhile. It was good though. Good vampire shit, man. Cool.

C- If each of you were a horror movie killer, who would you be?

J- I’d be Freddy Krueger.
D- You’re a molester?!
J- It’s only implied…
C- As long as we don’t go with the remake, it’s only implied.
J- Yeah, I didn’t like the remake. It was useless.
C- We won’t even get into remakes because I’ll dominate this thing with how much they all suck.
J- It was just a waste. So Stupid.
B- I guess anyone, like Freddy, who got away. Whoever got away. I’ll do that. I don’t want to be one who died.
D- I’ll be one of the Lost Boys because they killed too.
B- But they died.
D- Ah, whatever…

C- What would you consider the biggest milestone for Calabrese to date?

J- Crazy Horse, Boise, Idaho… interview with Chris for UKHorrorScene.
D- Wait, this is Rolling Stone, correct? (laughing) UK Rolling Stone…
D- Oh wait, a million view on You Tube. That was cool.
J- I guess going back to one of our first times ever playing out of town. It was at a dojo in Salt Lake in like a boxing ring and they took off the ropes and the people there were singing along. That blew me away that these people knew our songs and we’re from out of town. I think that was awesome.
B- Meeting Eerie Von. We met almost every single one of the Misftis. Eerie Von, Chudd, Jerry.
D- He’s not a Misfit…
B- Chudd’s a Misfit…
D- Eerie’s not…
B- (laughing) Everyone under the Misfit umbrella. The only one that’s left is Danzig. We’ve gotta meet Danzig.

Jimmy Calabrese singing

Jimmy Calabrese singing

C- My wife and I actually talked about this earlier. I thought your response was going to be playing with The Misfits..
D- Oh! Yeah, it was alright… (laughing) Now if we went on tour with them, that’d be something!
J- There was like one show.
B- ‘Zig… that’d be something.
D- A world tour with ‘Zig…

C- Hold that thought… next question: Is there anything that could trump your previous high? Something that would just be the ultimate high?

D- Being a household name…
J- It would be awesome if we partnered with Mr. Glenn, you know how he wrote a song for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. He takes us under his wing, his dark wing, his black wing and let’s us feed his cat under the stained glass windows in his house. It would be cool working with Danzig in any respect.

C- What can your fans expect next from you guys?

D- More music videos.
J- Expect… the unexpected.
B- I guess more music videos, a couple more tours
D- …with Danzig
J- We’ll take Doyle too.
D- Danzig and Doyle together.

C- Before we’re done here, the big question my wife wants to know is: what’s the laundry situation on tour?
(My wife: How often are you guys doing your laundry?)

D- Every six days or so.
J- I usually do laundry once a week. Actually, we just did laundry… yeah, it’s been about a week and a half.
C- I haven’t noticed any weird odours coming from you guys.
J- No, we wear our leather jackets so you can’t really tell.
B- I only own one pair of underwear.
C- Do those get washed once a week?
B- No… I just wanted to throw that out there.

C- Anything you want to tell the UK fans?

J- Please come out to the shows. We’re gonna give you a kick ass show and rock your fucking face off. Be there!
B- If you don’t have the new album, Lust for Sacrilege, get it.
D- We’ve got Lust for Sacrilege out, get it from Amazon, iTunes, CalabereseRock.com, SpookshowRecords.com – See you soon…

This whole interview could’ve gone out as a podcast. The banter between these brothers is fun to listen to, let alone be involved in. I won’t lie and say I’m an outgoing guy, by any means, but Calabrese are easy to talk to. They love their fans so when they come to your town, go see them, say hi, buy some merch, bring them some pizza and, don’t forget, they’re huggers…

UK Tour dates and info:
Apr 24 @ Barfly – London, UK
Apr 28 @ Think Tank – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Apr 29 @ The Parish – Huddersfield, UK
Apr 30 @ Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, UK
May 04 @ Tiki bar – Plymouth, UK
May 05 @ Hobbit – Southampton, UK
May 06 @ The Lady Luck – Canterbury, UK
May 07 @ The Fighting Cocks – Kingston Upon Thames, UK
May 08 @ Barfly – London, UK
May 09 @ The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich, UK