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  INTRODUCING EVIL SCARECROW
Tina Saul

24th August 2011


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bloodstock 2011

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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steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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