A creepy new beat 

The Creepshow comes to town with their eclectic blend of psychobilly rock and over-the-top live performance

click to enlarge Just Rock Expect quite the show from the lady and gentlemen of The Creepshow. They're coming to Whistler again, playing a show at the GLC this weekend.
  • Just Rock Expect quite the show from the lady and gentlemen of The Creepshow. They're coming to Whistler again, playing a show at the GLC this weekend.

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“Having a standup bass and looking the way we do, I guess we turn heads when we play with bands that we don’t sound like,” McNab said with a chuckle. “People will be like, ‘whoa, what is this? I gotta check this out, this is going to be weird or crazy.’

“But we really like playing for crowds like that because we seem to be winning them over,” McNab said. The band recently played at a Metalfest in Windsor, Ontario where they stuck out from the rest of the performers. But they ended up headlining and having an amazing time, playing alongside Rancid.

The Creepshow first came together in 2005, when McNab and Jen Blackwood started writing music together. Things were flowing so well that they decided to recruit Ginty, an old friend who played in a local ska band, to collaborate. Finally, they turned to the Internet to find the last member of the group, drummer Gee. All had previously played in garage bands in Ontario, with McNab himself touring for the past 12 years with different bands as musician and tour manager.

And even in the few short years since they started out, The Creepshow has taken off, despite the band’s lack of expectation and ambition.

“When we first started, I had kind of quit,” McNab admitted. “I was like, I’m done touring and I just want to get a job and play on weekends for free beer and have fun again. Then it just started to happen.”

They started getting calls from labels and were approached to tour.

But the lineup was switched up significantly last year, when Blackwood left to have a baby. The transition was relatively smooth, with her younger sister, Sarah, stepping up to fill her spot.

“It’s very similar, because they’re sisters,” McNab said. “We’re still The Creepshow, just I think we’ve matured our sound a little bit.”

Lyrically, their music is inspired by horror culture, as they’re all big horror fans — Reanimator , the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street top their list of fave flicks.

“We’re actually playing a horror convention in Toronto this weekend,” McNab said during an interview late last week.

But their new album, Run For Your Life , isn’t as influenced by traditional horror culture, per se, as their first, Sell Your Soul. Rather, McNab explained that they’ve collaborated more on the lyrics and embellished on personal stories, personifying objects with sinister undertones.

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