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  INTRODUCING EVIL SCARECROW
Tina Saul

24th August 2011


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Following on from their storming set at Bloodstock, we take a look under the bonnet of EVIL SCARECROW and see what it takes to engineer a band that can be described as very talented, but fucking nuts!

Evil Scarecrow in their own words:

Introducing the scariest thing to come out of Nottingham since Torvill and Dean... Rising from the ashes of what was undoubtedly the greatest 'Blue Peter Metal' band of their time - Thor's Children, Evil Scarecrow have gone on to leave audiences awed by their Iron Maiden meets Black Metal meets stickyback plastic performances.

With influences from artists such as Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, Europe and of course Immortal's make up application techniques, you can never be too sure what will be served up next, but that's just part of the experience.

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Been around since:
Sometime around 2002.

Hail from:
Originally Boston in Lincolnshire, now fully located in Nottingham.

Genre:
Heavy Metal

Record label:
Unisgned

Discography:
Crowcifiction (2004)
Crowcifiction (Recrowcified) (2006)
Hell Dog (2007)
Sixty-Six Minutes Past Six (2009)

DR. RABID HELL
Primary shouting, Guitar and in-between-song-banter

evil scarecrow

First record you bought:
I *think* it was a compilation of rap tracks on audio cassette called 'Rap It Up'. It was awful. But the first album I remember owning and loving was 'Slippery When Wet' by Bon Jovi. It still kicks ass.

Last record you bought:
Not sure! My memory sucks... I recently re-acquired some old school Queensryche! But the new Opeth album will probably be next on my list. Or possibly all of Lawnmower Deths back catalogue.

Reason for doing what you do:
Always loved music! My friend taught me how to play the start of 'One' by Metallica when I was about 13. Completely hooked on guitar ever since. I never had any grandiose ideas of fronting a band. My main interest was writing and performing guitar. I kind of fell into the shouting part of my role as there was no one else about to do it! But I've embraced the position!

Biggest influence on your music style:
Wow. That's tough. I think musically it's Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Machine Head, Slayer... Visually anyone that puts on a good show: Alice cooper, White Zombie, Kiss... And for sheer brilliance and hilarity: Gwar, Lawnmower Deth, Steel Panther etc There's some obvious black metal influence too.

All time favourite album:
You what!? That's way too hard. I love too many to choose...

All time favourite track:
Again way too hard. I'll say something now and change my mind later. 'Deliverance' by Opeth generally stays in my top five as it has the best riff in the world.

First gig:
The first proper gig I went to was Metallica on the Black Album tour at Sheffield Arena. The first gig I played was at school, in my first band called Dung (later called FAT). We were originally wanting to be called Shit... so that we could go on stage and say "Hello... we are shit!"... But we had to tone it down, it being school and all. "Hello we are fat!" was still pretty genius...

Last gig:
Bloodstock 2011

Favourite Metal memory:
SOPHIE stage at Bloodstock 2011. Wow. We were overwhelmed with the response. Amazing.

Best thing about being in Evil Scarecrow:

The live shows! We are all really good friends and (I know all bands say this but...) we have THE nicest, most awesome fans. So the live show means for me; playing the music I love, with some of my best mates, to some of the craziest, most awesome people out there. Plus I sometimes get to have drink with them all too... When I am not driving the Scarebus that is.

BROTHER DIMITRI PAIN
Lead Guitar and High-Fives

evil scarecrow

First record you bought:
I'd like to say it was something awesome, but honestly I think it was All Saints' first album. My second album was 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so hopefully that will redeem a little street cred.

Last record you bought:
The last record I bought was self-titled album of Firebrand Super Rock, an awesome female fronted metal band from Edinburgh. I got in late for the gig and only caught the last two songs but I was so impressed that I bought the album (and T-shirt) straight away!

Reason for doing what you do:
I started playing because of my childhood friend. I went round his house one day after not really seeing him for quite a while and he had a guitar and was playing '...And Justice For All.' I thought this was amazing! I couldn't believe that playing stuff like that was possible! He is left-handed so I couldn't play his guitar so I had to go out and buy one. It was a £99 Fender Strat Squire. And my first Amplifier was an old record player that my step-dad had modified so that I could plug a guitar jack in it. When I was fifteen, this was also awesome.

Biggest influence on your music style:
Too many to name one.

All time favourite album:
I can't really give an all-time favourite album. I have lots. I'll have to give you a top five or so (nine in fact, in no order):

Opeth - Blackwater Park
Pantera - Great Southern Trendkill
Megadeth - Peace Sells
Machine Head - The Blackening/Burn My Eyes
Hot Leg - Red Light Fever
Steel Panther - Feel The Steel
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
Evile - Enter The Grave

All time favourite track:
Just to stop myself waffling on for ages about how difficult a question this is I am going to go for 'Fuck The Chip' by The Engines of Armageddon. It is an awesome track! Look it up!

First gig:
The first proper gig I went to see was Incubus on the 'Make Yourself' tour at Rock City; this was also my first crowd surf! My first ever gig was in a band called Scream Badger, who I was in with current singer, Dr Hell and one of our ex-drummers, Papa Bongo, plus a couple of nobodies on bass and left handed guitar (only kidding guys!) it was on September 11th 2001... THE September 11th!

We were all at my house on the day of the gig getting ready and Dr Hell got a text message through saying a plane had hit crashed into the Twin Towers (we still don't know who texted him). I don't think any of us really had any idea how important this was at the time. So we played in our relatively empty local. We had a song called 'White And Black' and another called 'Restless Dead' and the rest of our set was mainly Slayer covers. We were AWESOME!... *cough*

Last gig:
BLOODSTOCK 2011! S.O.P.H.I.E Stage 13:20 Sunday 14th August! It was great! Probably the best gig I have ever played! But then I always say that after playing awesome gigs. We didn't think we'd have too many people come and watch us, but there were loads. I estimate between 4 and 5 million at least. It was like the entire population of Kyrgyzstan had turned up, but looking a lot more metal of course. The crowd were magnificent and all robot danced! I had a great time on stage and afterwards!

Favourite Metal memory:
I guess finding out that we were going to support Amen once was pretty good. This was probably our first "big" gig. We had started our band and somehow we had now started getting at least some recognition. That was big then, since then we have gone on to play with Gwar, Cradle of Filth, Soulfly, Hard Rock Hell and now Bloodstock twice! Also I have enjoyed going to plenty of gigs myself, especially with the band. It's always fun having some beers and watching some amazing music with your mates. Opeth too, they are great... just in general.

Best thing about being in Evil Scarecrow:
The best thing about being in Evil Scarecrow is definitely being on stage and gigging. Meeting fans after the show is great too. We have met excellent people and made loads of friends doing this!

KRAVEN MORRDETH
Bassist and Backing Vocalist

evil scarecrow

First record you bought:
'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' - Black Sabbath

Last record you bought:
Devin Townsend - 'Deconstruct/Ghost'

Reason for doing what you do:
Pure love of music, I was raised on classic rock by my Father and decided to pick up the axe myself.

Biggest influence on your music style:
Vortex and Devin Townsend

All time favourite album:
Metallica - '...And Justice For All'

All time favourite track:
Strapping Young Lad - 'Detox'

First gig:
The first gig I went to was System of a Down, Rock City 2002

Last gig:
Bloodstock 2011

Favourite Metal memory:
Having 2000+ Metal heads rocking out with you and then all wishing you a happy birthday!

Best thing about being in Evil Scarecrow:
The band members, some of my closest friends and I can't see myself ever getting tired of doing it.

PRINCESS LUXURY
Keyboard player

evil scarecrow

First record you bought:
'Let's Do It 2!' (a dreadful early 90s pop thing which I remember included 'Janie's Got A Gun', 'Black Velvet', 'Ride On Time' and 'Lambada'!) I lived in Australia at the time. They do things differently there...

Last record you bought:
Roxette's Greatest Hits, not very Metal I'm afraid but I am going to buy lots of Devin Townsend stuff after seeing him at Bloodstock.

Reason for doing what you do:
My parents made me learn classical piano when I was young but alas I lacked my father's talent and rebelled!

Biggest influence on your music style:
Too many to chose!

All time favourite album:
Don't know! I love Pink Floyd and Faith No More but I love loads of things.

All time favourite track:
Anything by Evil Scarecrow of course!

First gig:
I went to see Cliff Richard when I was a kid in Australia.

Last gig:
Bloodstock was my last big gig, I also went to see some of my friends play their first gig at The Social in Nottingham last week.

Favourite Metal memory:
Supporting bands I have loved since being a teenager. And drinking to the point of oblivion, often.

Best thing about being in Evil Scarecrow:
Being with my friends. The worst is washing their smelly costumes.

RINGMASTER MONTY BLITZFIST
Drummer

evil scarecrow

First record you bought:
'Mate Feed Kill Repeat' - Slipknot

Last record you bought:
'Orchid' (Vinyl) - Opeth

Reason for doing what you do:
I was the only metalhead at my school, and was sick of all the pop bands kicking around!

Biggest influence on your music style:
Opeth/ Dream Theatre / Symphony X

All time favourite album:
'Ghost Reveries' - Opeth

All time favourite track:
Decapitated - 'Spheres Of Madness'

First gig:
Playing at the Albert Hall in Nottingham for a Christmas Collaboration

Last gig:
Bloodstock 2011

Favourite Metal memory:
So far its been Bloodstock 2011. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

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hellfest BREAKING NEWS: HELLFEST ANNOUNCE MOTORHEAD, SCORPIONS, ALESTORM, SLASH, ZZ TOP, VENOM AND MANY, MANY MORE FOR 2015
Hellfest have announced a stellar line-up for the 2015 edition of the festival which will take place at on June 19th to 21st 2015...

download BREAKING NEWS: JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR DOWNLOAD 2015
Slipknot will play the main stage at Donington on Friday June 12th, following Judas Priest...

chris appleton CHRIS APPLETON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC ALBUM & TOUR
In the downtime between Absolva projects, Chris Appleton applies his skills to solo album 'Restless'...

out and loud NAPALM RECORDS ANNOUNCE LABEL NIGHT AT OUT & LOUD FESTIVAL 2015
The German festival gets off to a quality start with the warm up night on July 3rd featuring a fine cross-section of the label repertoire...

jeff loomis ARCH ENEMY WELCOME JEFF LOOMIS AS NEW GUITARIST
The ex-Nevermore guitarist will debut for Arch Enemy on the European tour starting November 26th as Nick Cordle's replacement...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
The two day showcase promises to give Glasgow a Rock and Metal party to remember...

periphery PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE DUAL ALBUMS FOR 2015
There will also be plenty of touring in next year, including a stint on the road with Devin Townsend Project...

anathema ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE 'RESONANCE' SHOW AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN APRIL 2015
This special show will be a celebration of the entire history of Anathema music...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history..."

yardbirds THE YARDBIRDS RETURN TO LONDON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOME VELVET MORNING
The Yardbirds will play Bush Hall on November 21st, fifty years after the release of the seminal 'Five Live Yardbirds'...

marilyn manson NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM 'THE PALE EMPEROR' COMING JANUARY 19th
The album is available for pre-orders now...

udo UDO, ONE OF GERMAN CLASSIC ROCK'S GREATEST, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
'Decadent' is mastered and due for release in January 2015...

fozzy FOZZY LAUNCH VIDEO CLIP FOR 'DO YOU WANNA START A WAR'
"Fog, slow motion camera shots, and chicks in military uniforms. Touchdown!..."

phil rudd 'PROCURE TO KILL' CHARGE AGAINST AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD DROPPED BUT OTHER CHARGES REMAIN
Rudd is on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 27th and still faces one charge of threatening to kill...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN TO RELEASE 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' IN FEBRUARY 2015
"A story between science fiction and fantasy. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost..."

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