SPOOKY, THE: Horror Punk: LP

Jul 20, 2022

Somewhere around twenty years ago I received a compilation called The Hostage Situation. Many of the bands on that disc became some of my all-time favorites, but one band in particular sounded so different from the rest. The Spooky. Horror punk, but far from average for the genre. Driving, catchy songs with that beautiful, golden voice of Mike Monster. I was an instant fan, but then they were gone, sliding back into the shadows only to be heard from here and there over the decades. If I’ve learned anything from night after night basking in the flickering glow of countless horror flicks, it’s that you can’t keep a good monster down. The Spooky has returned to unleash its vengeance on us unsuspecting villagers and I couldn’t be happier. Horror Punk sounds fantastic. They somehow manage to juggle a menacing beach punk heaviness that Hostage Records is known for and vocals so catchy you’ll be singing along to songs about demonic possessions and the shambling undead without even realizing it. It’s a cool trick that not a lot of bands are able to pull off. If The Spooky disappears again, we’re going to see a rare turn of events where the torches and pitchforks come out and demand that the Monster continues to walk among us! –Ty Stranglehold (Hostage)

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