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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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