The Scabby Ghouls – Interview
Interview with Denise Hazard of The Scabby Ghouls and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DH: We like to call ourselves “Spooky Punk” or “Scooby Doo Punk”. It’s pop-punk mixed with horror and a little something extra that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a haunted house.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DH: The band has been together since June 2017. Louie had been teaching me how to play guitar and we decided we wanted to try to get a band going, so we put the word out to our fellow local musicians and thankfully, Alex and Nate answered the call. They brought their own personal style to the band which really helped round-out our sound.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DH: The Misfits, The Distillers, Black Sabbath, The Dead Kennedys and Dick Dale.
Non-musical influences are the Addams Family, the Munsters, Elvira, The Ghostbusters, The Midnight Society and the Scooby Doo gang.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DH: We’re planning on doing some midwest tours this summer, but we’re hoping to do a more extensive tour nationwide in the future. We’d love a chance to eventually play for international audiences as well.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DH: It’s a team effort, but it usually starts with Louie writing a few guitar parts. He’ll bring them to me and I’ll help arrange the song and add transitions or other adjustments. Then we teach the song to the guys and listen to any notes they may have. Lastly I’ll go through and write the lyrics and adjust the song as needed. They’re almost exclusively about horror movies, true crime or monsters. We don’t like to limit ourselves to one style of music or subject matter so occasionally we’ll mix it up and write one about road rage or bar fights.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DH: We try to consistently promote the band, with the bulk of our efforts being done online. We’re very active on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and try to provide current media for our fans to enjoy. If we’re promoting a big show, we’ll print off a stack of posters and tape them up around town. We’ve also been reaching out to local podcasts and online publications for help promoting our stuff.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DH: It gives us the opportunity to reach people we never could have reached before which is wonderful. It’s a complicated question. If it’s legal, I’m all for it as long as the artist gets their fair share of the sale. If it’s illegal and especially if they’re a smaller band, that’s really not cool. If you want to support artists, don’t try to rip them off.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
DH: Honestly in this day and age when you can DIY anything, they’re kind of becoming obsolete. Why risk losing creative control or money when you can just do it yourself? It may take longer and you’ll have to work harder, but you have more freedom in the long run.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DH: “Surfin’ Bird” because the bird is the word
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DH: Bands that take way too long breaking down their gear after they play or taking forever to set up. It deflates whatever energy you’ve built up with the crowd.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DH: Opening for Doyle last fall was definitely my proudest moment in music. The Misfits have been one of my favorites for years and to actually see Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein in person and play on the same stage as him was something I never even dreamed was possible.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DH: We’re incredibly excited to announce we’ll be releasing our debut album March 15th at the Lookout Lounge with some of our favorite local bands, Hand-Painted Police Car, Stronghold and Dummyhead Torpedo. We’re also stoked to be opening for the legendary T.S.O.L. May 28th also at the Lookout Lounge.
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