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Video: The Creepshow – Death At My Door

The CreepshowHappy Friday the 13th!  Canadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a new music video and song.  The video features the title track from their newest album, Death At My Door,  which dropped last month via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

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The Creepshow

The Creepshow

Death At My Door

STOMP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

There’s little refuting that The Creepshow are one of Canada’s premiere psychobilly attractions.  They’ve maintained this reputation through numerous lineup changes, including three vocalists, as well as when branching out from what is typically recognized as a very limiting genre.  At this point, I think it’s safe to say that their style and allure transcends the typical psychobilly niche, and that fans think of the band first and foremost as The Creepshow.  Continuing this trend, The Creepshow’s fifth full length, Death At My Door, further demonstrates the band’s confidence and willingness to push themselves to new heights.

Death At My Door marks vocalist Kendra Legaspi’s second full length, and while her first album, Life After Death, played it safe (likely to comfort fans during the transition) the band now seems comfortable and confident enough to give their latest outing a very distinct personae.  The Creepshow open the disc with a familiar punk-a-billy inspired title track featuring The Revered McGinty’s unmistakable organ keys and plenty of full bodied backing “woahs.”  This is the classic Creepshow that has weathered the storm, and it still sounds every bit as gripping today as it did twelve years ago.  While Sean McNab’s big upright double bass has never been as pronounced as with many of their peers, it still underlies some of the album’s top mid-tempo thumpers.  Take, “Til Death Do Us Apart” and “Tomorrow May Never Come,” which reinforces the band’s reputation for some of the best and biggest sing along psychobilly choruses.  The songs’ romping bass balances Kendra’s smooth, smokey presence, a chorus of anthemic gang vocals, and Sean McNab’s forceful riffs.  Simply put, the band hits the mark repeatedly.

But what has always made The Creepshow so much more than a Horrorpops clone is their ability to infuse so many slight stylistic diversions into their frame, without ever losing sight of their psychobilly identity.  Take the buzzing rock n’ roll attitude of “A.O.T.B.H.”, complete with distortion drenched riffs and killer guitar hooks, or the vibrant twang underpinning the rockabilly-gone-country stomper “Another Way Out.”  Yet each of those pale in comparison to the swanky little brass number, “New Kings.”  Opening with a swath of gravelly male vocals, the band turns out a ritzy 50’s dancehall crasher that wouldn’t feel out of place on The Kings Of Nuthin’ album.  It’s wholly unexpected, but the payoff is undeniable.  

Meanwhile, “My Soul To Keep” delves deeply into the opposite side of the spectrum, stripping down to a foundation of Legaspi’s raspy siren call and simple guitar accompaniment for the album’s final few sorrowful moments.  While certainly a radical change of pace, the dank atmosphere and minimalist execution fits the scene.  Long time fans may even draw some parallels with former front woman Sarah Blackwood’s early solo work.  Let’s just hope this doesn’t prophesize Kendra’s eventual departure.

There’s little to say about The Creepshow that hasn’t already been lauded, and Death At My Door further justifies all prior praise.  The Burlington, Ontario quintet continues to thrive in light of a career worth of change, and Legaspi now feels every bit at home with The Creepshow as with all past alumni.  The Creepshow are right where they want to be, and Death At My Door further pushes The Creepshow’s creative and stylistic boundaries. It goes without saying, but Death At My Door exhibits all the markings of a band clearly embracing its prime.

The Creepshow Stream New Album In Full

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Death At My Door.  The album drops drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

Listen to the album here and watch for our full review later this week.

Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Sunday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Sunday 6th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The final day of this years Rebellion Festival is upon us, and as with last year the Sunday sees the summery conditions of the last three days give way to more typically British damp weather conditions. There are several victims of the weather, and it’s not just a few wilted mohicans as whilst watching Propaghandi on the Casbah Stage my phone fell victim to the weather, losing all my notes, music and most of my photos, so the review of the final day is done from memory, thankfully the final day of the 2017 Rebellion Festival was another memorable day. The Headstone Horrors are opening on the Empress Ballroom, the impressive female fronted horror punk quartet deliver a full tilt set that kicks the afternoon off in fine style. For me The Headstone Horrors fill the void left by the hiatus of two of my favourite bands, The Spookshow and The Horrorpops, and they make the perfect start to the final day of the festival.

My plan to check out the intriguingly named Scumbrians on the Introducing Stage is hampered by the fact the you can’t actually fit into the venue, the crowd is spilling out of the doorway and into the foyer of the Blackpool Winter Gardens, but from what I can hear, and the glimpses I manage to catch, they deliver an impressive bare knuckle punk rock blast. As I’m now left with a few minutes to kill I finally get to check out the Punk Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary and has expanded this year, this includes all manner of punk related art and photography, including a somewhat surprising display by Charlie Harper of the UK Subs, his portraits of cats makes me wish I’d decided to visit this exhibition earlier so I could have picked one up for myself, at next years Rebellion Festival the Punk Art Exhibition will definitely be one of my first ports of call as it appears that pretty much everything has been sold by the final day.

Rebellion 17 The CreepshowI catch Nothington hammering out a set of their impressive gruff punk in the Empress Ballroom, then it’s outside to catch The Ramonas on the Casbah Stage, the fact that it’s pouring down adds a degree of irony to tracks like Rockaway Beach, but there’s no mistaking the fact that The Ramonas invoke the spirit of da brudders like no one else. It’s back inside to dry off and to catch The Creepshow‘s return to the Rebellion Festival in the Empress Ballroom, the Canadian psychobilly outfit deliver a charged performance that blends devil may care rock ‘n roll with punk rock to incredible effect, and adds their new album, Death At My Door, to my shopping list for September. A quick sprint across the Winter Gardens affords me the chance to reacquaint myself with Criminal Mind, which I realise is my first visit to the Arena Stage of the weekend. Criminal Mind are one of the finest hardcore outfits out there, even when there is a lighting failure part way through their set they continue playing their hard edged politically motivated punk rock in the dark until the lights burst back into life, hopefully this is a political metaphor for the coming year and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Rebellion 17 Dirt Box DiscoDirt Box Disco have become an essential part of the Rebellion Festival, and they bring the party atmosphere to the Empress Ballroom, during their set Dirt Box Disco impressively break the record for crowdsurfers at the festival, and their call to arms for the crowd to wake The Skids up, as they claimed the vintage punk band are having a nap in their tour bus, with a rousing singalong to their classic single, My Life Is Shit, is duly answered, and at the end of their set if you didn’t have a smile on your face then there is something very wrong with you. Two of the finest acts from yesterday, The Outcasts and Ruts DC, have returned to play mellower sets to an absolutely hammered Almost Acoustic Stage, and another regular act at the Rebellion Festival that I’ve meant to catch for a few years is the wonderfully eccentric Lene Lovich who is making an appearance in the Opera House. Whilst watching her captivating set I’m struck by just how many of her songs I know, and she and her band remain true to their new wave roots, but they bring something unique and undefinable to the festival that makes me glad I finally caught Lene Lovich live, and regret that I didn’t do this in previous years.

Propaghandi are closing the Casbah Stage in torrential rain, this has not deterred a healthy crowd from seeing the band on a rare visit to UK shores, and it doesn’t dampen their intense delivery either, but it’s back indoors before the end of the set to try and resurrect my phone and to close my weekend at the Rebellion Festival with The Primitves in the Opera House. I last saw The Primitives back in the late eighties when they were at the peak of their powers, and for me they’ve lost none of their sparkle, they deliver an hour long set that, despite the passing of nearly three decades from when I first saw them, seems as effortlessly effervescent as ever. The Primitives still contain the majority of their classic line up, and for me they deliver a perfect set that includes many of their much loved classics including Stop Killing Me, Through The Flowers and of course their best known single, Crash, that marks a perfect end to the Rebellion Festival.

The last four days have passed by in a blur, I’ve seen countless bands I love and discovered many to add to that ever growing list and I’ve been reunited with friends I met in previous years and made new friends. The Rebellion Festival remains one of the highlights of the year, and it will be returning to the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018, and you can guarantee that I’ll be there, as for the four days of this incredible festival there is nowhere else on earth I’d rather be. Tomorrow I return to Manchester for a few days recovery and for some much needed sleep before reality returns, although I suspect it’ll be a while longer before my feet and legs stop aching. See you next year.

The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here 

Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy

You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images

Video: The Creepshow – Stick & Stones

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a new music video and song.  The video features the song “Sticks & Stones” and the disc will be titled Death At My Door.  The album drops drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

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The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Four

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

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The Creepshow Announce New LP

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Death At My Door and is se too drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

Track listing is below.

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Tours: The Creepshow / Hellbound Hepcats

The CreepshowPsychobilly punks The Creepshow have announced that they will be touring Europe this Fall with Hellbound Hepcats.  The band continues to support their latest album, Life After The Death, released late last year on STOMP Records.

Tour dates are below.  UK dates are expected to follow.

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Tours: The Creepshow (US)

The CreepshowPsychobilly punks The Creepshow have announced that they will be heading on a short US tour on the approach to July.  The band continues to support their latest album, Life After The Death, released late last year on STOMP Records.

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The Creepshow - Life After Death

The Creepshow

Life After Death

STOMP Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Replacing a vocalist can redefine a band.  It’s a tough feat, and most bands don’t survive the transition.  Don’t tell that to Ontario psychobilly giants The Creepshow though – the band is now fronting its third lead vocalist in just four records.  With the departure of Sarah “Sin” Blackwood (who actually replaced her sister before) comes Kenda “Twisted” Legaspi.  Newly at the helm, Legaspi’s strong, familiar voice makes for an obvious successor and safe choice.  Landing somewhere between the Blackwood sisters’ smoky tones, she slips in well with the band’s trademark thumping bass and ear grabbing melodies.

Perhaps to solidify the end of the Blackwood era, Life After Death marks the first Creepshow album to open without a spoken word “Sermon” track.  Rather the outing kicks off to the beep of a flat lining patient before plunging headfirst into the darkness of the afterlife with the punked up pace of “See You In Hell.”  It’s a throwback to classic fast moving Creepshow tracks like “Creatures Of The Night” and one that will likely catch longtime fans off guard – in a good way.  Plenty of backing shouts from the band’s most consistent vocalists, Sean “Sickboy” McNab and Paul “The Reverend” McGinty, help the track ring true to the Creepshow legacy. 

Then the tempo steps back, settling into a retro 50’s drive-in vibe.  “The Devil’s Son” amps up the distortion, heightening McNab’s upright bass for a hip shaking, head nodding dancehall romp that would have likely turned into a doo-wop number under lesser bands.  By the time “Sinners & Saints” roles around the five-piece is on a role and Legaspi has all but converted her most ridged skeptics.  It’s odd then that the following pure rock n’ roll of “Born To Lose” falters on the it’s musical merits rather than a vocal switch up.  While a more then adequate 50’s rock number, the track feels flat in the midst of all the wild distortion and psychobilly attitude of its neighbours.

The Creepshow has never been one for radical departures from its proven core and Life After Death is no exception.  To that end Legaspi’s debut makes for a natural addition to the Creepshow’s growing body of work with fans sure to embrace Life After Death as one of their own.  But in a direct comparison, the disc lands slightly less striking than say, They All Fall Down, which was audibly Sarah Sin’s tightest work.  Given that Life After Death represents Legaspi’s debut, it stands to reason that it might take a tad more time to achieve that same level of chemistry and show stopping performance as her predecessor.  Make no mistake about it though, The Creepshow will flourish under Legaspi should she stick around, and Life After Death is no small achievement either.

The Creepshow – Born To Lose

The CreepshowPsychobilly punks The Creepshow have released a new song from their forthcoming album, Life After The Death.

The track, Born To Lose, is available for streaming on USAToday.

Life After Death is available tomorrow, Oct. 22, on Sailor’s Grave Records in the States and STOMP Records in Canada.

This is the band’s first full length album with new vocalist  Kenda “Twisted” Legaspi who replaced Sarah Blackwood in 2012.

   

Video: The Creepshow – The Devil’s Son

creepshowCanadian psychobilly act The Creepshow have released the video for the track “The Devil’s Son” which appears on their their upcoming new full length, Life After Death, which is due out October 21, 2013 via Stomp Records/Sailor’s Grave/People Like You.

The video can be viewed below.

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Creepshow - They All Fall Down

The Creepshow

They All Fall Down

STOMP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

It’s only been two years since Ontario’s The Creepshow released their last album, but as fans will no doubt agree, the wait has felt much, much longer.  During those years frontwoman Sarah “Sin” Blackwood teased fans with two solid solo country/folk outings that saw Blackwood grow and mature as a songwriter.  By her second outing she came to embody the confidence and vocal prowess some may argue was lacking when she first took over lead vocal duties from her sister.  Needless to say, when the psychobilly frontrunners announced their return to the studio for their long overdue follow-up, They All Fall Down, the tension had reached critical mass as fans waited with baited breath.

As someone who has always enjoyed The Creepshow’s energizing brand of horror, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  They All Fall Down is the album that The Creepshow has been working towards for the past five years.  While certainly not a radical departure from the band’s origins, all eleven tracks reach out with enough hell-bent clarity and unearthly energy that should find listeners eagerly dancing their way six feet under.  On that note, the band has finally overcome their zombie origins, tastefully turning out tunes of terror that reach far beyond face value.  They don’t stray from what they know, but speak with a new sense of metaphoric purpose.

They All Fall Down opens with “The Sermon III,” a spoken word reading that has become somewhat of a Creepshow tradition.  But while the spot was previously reserved as a warning, this time the passage thematically sets the tone for the entire record.  Elaborating upon the cover’s boxing scene, Sean “Sickboy” McNab warns of embracing a life of anger and revenge, likening a losing match and an emptying corner to that of an obsession that ultimately drives those closest away, replacing them with a crowd of shallow, likeminded opportunists ready to desert you upon the first unfavourable blow.  The sentiment continues across most of the record, with lines like “you’re gonna get what’s coming” found immediately thereafter in “Get What’s Coming,” and “you’re on a road to self destruction, maybe one day you will see, you’ve become your own worst enemy” popping up several tracks later in “Dusk Till Dawn.”  There’s no sense of salvation here, only shallow egoists succumbing to the fate they deserve, and a twisted sense of justice.

Musically They All Fall Down boasts some of the best punked-up atmosphere in modern psychobilly.  NcNab has never plucked his upright bass so richly, and Kristian “The Reverend” McGinty’s keys offer up a subtle atmosphere.  When feeding their classic fast-paced personae as per “Road To Nowhere,” McGinty and McNab harmonize for some of their biggest backing vocals to date, an effect sure to make these tunes instant crowd pleasers.

And of course Blackwood’s smokey voice rounds out the whole affair.  She’s unmistakable at this point, and sings with a confidence that should ease up those initial Horrorpops comparisons.  For starters, she’s versatile, matching whatever the boys throw her way.  When they’re light and peppy, as per “Last Chance,” she can sound confidently cute.  When they’re forming a smooth 50’s drive-in theatre vibe, like those found in the Nim Vind/The Epidemic-esque do-wop “Sleep Tight”, she’s as slick as the grease keeping McNab’s hair high.  And when McGinty reaches back to his ska days and bares some brass in the rock ‘n roll race to the bottom that is “Hellbound,” Blackwood bounces along effortlessly.

At this pointing the game The Creepshow can do no wrong.  They might not have the most original premise, but their growing thematic awareness and tight melodies make for one hell of a psychobilly romp with little to no equal.  A must have for creeps and punks alike.

Videos: The Creepshow – Sleep Tight

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly act The Creepshow have released the video for the track “Sleep Tight” which appears on their 2010 Hellcat Records LP They All Fall Down.

The video, which sets a somber tone similar to their “They All Fall Down” clip, can be viewed below.

The band is preparing to tour Europe this summer with their first show starting in Glaubitz, Germany at the Back To The Future Festival on July 15th. The rest of their tour dates can be seen on their official site here.

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Tours: Creepshow Extends Tour (East Coast USA)

CreepshowOntario’s The Creepshow has posted a handful of new tour dates scheduled for this coming March.  The posting dates are an extension to the previous East Coast tour announcement, but this time take the band down into the USA.  The band previously announced a handful of Canadian dates.  The band continues supporting their 2010 Stomp Records/Hellcat Records effort, They All Fall Down.

Current tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: The Creepshow Announces East Coast Tour (CAN/US)

The CreepshowOntario’s The Creepshow has posted a handful of new tour dates scheduled for this coming March.  The posting appears to be part of an upcoming East Coast tour taking place across Eastern Canada’s provinces, as well as a collection of as of yet unannounced U.S. dates in the same region.  U.S. dates are cited as “coming soon.”  The band continues supporting their 2010 Stomp Records/Hellcat Records effort, They All Fall Down.

Current tour dates can be found below.

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Video: The Creepshow – Hellbound

The CreepshowThe Creepshow have released the second video from their recent album, They All Fall Down. The video is for the single Hellbound and can be seen below.

They All Fall Down was released earlier this year on Stomp Records in Canada and through Hellcat Records in the States.

And, in case you missed it, The Creepshow were one of the thirty five bands included in our recent compilation, It’s Like Bringing A Fork To A Gunfight. The compilation can be downloaded here.

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Video: The Creepshow – They All Fall Down

CreepshowHot on the heels of their third album, They All Fall Down (Stomp/Hellcat), Ontario psychobilly act The Creepshow has released a new video for title track.  The band is currently on tour in the US.

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Stream The Creepshow’s They All Fall Down

Creepshow - They All Fall DownCanadian psychobilly heavyweights The Creepshow are streaming their upcoming full length, They All Fall Down, on their facebook profile.  The album serves as the band’s follow up to 2008’s Run For Your Life, and is set for an October 5, 2010 release via Stomp Records (CAN) and Hellcat Records (USA).

Stream the album here.

Creepshow – They All Fall Down

CreepshowCanada’s The Creepshow has debuted a brand new track from their upcoming release, They All Fall Down, due out October 5, 2010 on Stomp Records/Epitaph Records/People Like You.  The track shares the album’s name and can be streamed over on People Like You Records‘ myspace profile.

Give it a listen here.

   

The Creepshow Announce Tour & Third Album Details

CreepshowThe Creepshow have just announced their third full-length “They All Fall Down” set for release the first week of October on Stomp Records (Canada), Hellcat Records (USA, Australia) and People Like You Records (Europe).  A new song will be up on their myspace in a week or two. The artwork and track listing can be seen below.

They’ve also just announced their North American tour; the dates are below.

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The Creepshow Announce Tour & Third Album Details

CreepshowThe Creepshow have just announced their third full-length “They All Fall Down” set for release the first week of October on Stomp Records (Canada), Hellcat Records (USA, Australia) and People Like You Records (Europe).  A new song will be up on their myspace in a week or two. The artwork and track listing can be seen below.

They’ve also just announced their North American tour; the dates are below.

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