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The Creepshow

The Creepshow: Sell Your SoulSell Your Soul (2006)
Stereo Dynamite Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: tittytwisterbudytittytwisterbudy
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Whenever I talk to people about this band, I find that most people compare them to the already famous Horrorpops. For the purpose of this review and so you (the reader) will be able to get an idea of this band since most people haven't heard them, I shall draw comparisons to the Horrorpops as well. .
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Whenever I talk to people about this band, I find that most people compare them to the already famous Horrorpops. For the purpose of this review and so you (the reader) will be able to get an idea of this band since most people haven't heard them, I shall draw comparisons to the Horrorpops as well.

Based on different elements of each band (which I will discuss), I think that the Creepshow is a far better band and act. The singer of the Creepshow, Sarah "Sin" Blackwood, easily surpasses that of her counterpart Patricia Day. The bassist for the Horrorpops (also Patricia Day) isn't anywhere on the same level (or even close for that matter) to that of Sean "Sickboy" McNab from the Creepshow. Many people say that the reason for this is that Patricia sings lead and he only does back-up vocals, but when you look at Kim Nekroman (guitarist for the Horrorpops and bassist for the hugely popular Nekromantix who is married to Patricia and taught her to play bass) you can't say that is true because when he sings in Nekromantix and plays bass he does a fantastic job, hands down.

Continuing, Sarah Blackwood is a more than decent guitarist for her group, playing a very `50s sounding guitar, though I do believe that Nekroman is a bit more skilled than her at that instrument (ironic because Patricia Day taught her husband how to play guitar). Matt "Pomade" Gee (drummer for Creepshow) utilizes every aspect of his drumset playing tons of rolls and tempo changes frequently throughout this album. Niedermeier (percussionist for Horrorpops) is a decent drummer but doesn't add that extra element of spark and energy that Gee does.

On top of all this, the Creepshow incorporate wonderfully welcome keyboard parts in their songs that fit superbly with the whole `50s-era eerie psycho-punk band ensemble.

While all of what I just said is completely subjective, it will be hard for people to argue with the live performances of the bands. While the Horrorpops do have go-go dancers who distract audience members from the musicians in the group as they shake their pompoms, the Creepshow (the actual members of the band) entertain the crowd with wild antics, great special effects, awesome showmanship and skillful playing, and unbelievable energy that never ceases to amaze me. The Creepshow are no doubt better live than the Horrorpops.

Now that I'm past the band-to-band comparison I can finally talk about the actual album. It starts off with a great introduction entitled "Sermon" that definitely sets you off on a spooky journey. The next track is "Creatures of the Night" (one of the singles of the record), setting the tone for a great album.

The main thing about the Creepshow's music are their choruses; they thrive on choruses. Whether it be a hardcore fast-paced song or a slower more rockabilly tune, every chorus is a great sing-along section with energetic backing vocals provided by McNab and Rowles, respectively. The album progresses covering every aspect of the 'billy' genres from psychobilly to rockabilly to gothabilly to hellbilly.

Seriously, if you like psychobilly bands with great female vocals you'll love this album and this band. It really is a must-have for fans of this genre. Sorry to all the Horrorpops fans I may have offended or pissed off; oh well, get over it.

 

 
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D-Roc (July 29, 2008)

Great album, terrible review.

loose72 (June 28, 2008)

So will Sarah be the new singer or will their be a horror show sister cat fight to see who leads this band?

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

worst. review. ever. (this week, anyway).

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

So... it isn't bad enough that the drummer from Jersey (R.I.P.) now plays in Alexisonfire, but also Sean McNab now plays in a second rate rockabilly band?!?! Guys, come on!

tylerdurden8136 (March 29, 2007)

First off, it'd be nice if next time you spend a little more time reviewing the actual album rather than comparing it to the horrorpops...but since that comparison compelled me to check this band out, I can't complain too much.

While I'll agree with you that musically this band seems above the horrorpops, this chicks vocals cannot compare to Patricia's. At all.

Still, decent band.

ilikepunkrock (March 29, 2007)

So what exactly would be "Anchors-type shit"?

Anchors is probably a bad example. I just like reading reviews of music that has to do with punk in some way. Seeing reviews from a band that would describe their sound as punk or some variation is cool. The only review sites I know of for good punk are punknews and now wave. I don't think The Mars Volta belong on a punk website (I know that is not being "punk," saying a band doesn't belong on a website, but there is pitchfork and others for Mars Volta news). I doubt the Daughters album reviewed this week would be considered punk. I know you guys describe the site as being indie, hardcore, etc. but a lot of the music reviewed on this website is what punk was rebelling against in the first place.

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

sinking ships?

inagreendase (March 28, 2007)

So what exactly would be "Anchors-type shit"?

ilikepunkrock (March 28, 2007)

This is at least punk rock, unlike all the emo / metal / arty-farty anchors-type snobbish bullshit on this website.

Good point, I would rather see these reviews rather than Anchors next review.

burningfeeetman (March 28, 2007)

This review blows.

Ianw (March 28, 2007)

This is like, Infinite lame.

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

This is at least punk rock, unlike all the emo / metal / arty-farty anchors-type snobbish bullshit on this website.

And the Creepshow are a really good band, trendy or not.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

all of this horror-punk crap needs to die out already. It has become incredibly stale over the past thirty years.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

errrrgh fright night

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

I'll have to give this album yet another try. I've tried listening to it like 5 times now and it just makes me want to Horrorpops. I would love to see em live though

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

The 1950's are just not cool.

freesandwich (March 27, 2007)

Score is for the comment below me. Funniest shit ive seen on this site.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

chief wooden-head would not be happy

tittytwisterbudy (March 27, 2007)

haha the person below me is right i completely forgot about hellcat when i was writing this i apologize

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Sarah Blackwood neither plays nor sings on this album; she's just a temporary live replacement for her sister, Jen "Hellcat" Blackwood, (the singer/guitarist on this album) who is currently pregnant. That said The Creepshow is fantastic.

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