SPOOKY, THE: Halloween Night: 7”

Horror punk is a slippery slope. On one side of the seesaw is the original Glenn-Danzig-lead Misfits, Dance with Me TSOL, some Damned, some Siouxie. On the other side of the seesaw is an ocean of horror punk bands (including new Misfits, Balzac, Damnation, post bleach blonde skating AFI.) There are several hurdles to clear. 1.) There’s probably makeup/costumes/hair product/props involved. (See Spinal Tap when the pods don’t open.) 2.) No happy songs (unless there’s joy in sadism, being a predator, that type of thing). 3.) The template’s already been made like a plaster cast over a broken arm. Break that cast and horror punk fans get confused. The Spooky know exactly what they’re doing and they do it well. Mike Monster has a thick voice and a nice range. He can actually sing and croon, which is a big boost. The Embalmer and Stain aren’t slouches at their respective instruments, either. My only quibble is that the lyrics are really dumb. Not bad.

 –todd (Hostage)