T-O's Creepshow join the hordes at Vans Warped, and the Union Label's love of D-Tox
The Creepshow is primed to grab the second half of 2008 by the throat and not let go. This is not in dispute. Also indisputable is how much of this is indebted to the straight-shooting, eyes-on-the-prize focus of its lead vocalist, Sarah Sin.
"I think if you’re starting a band, you have to know what you’re going to play," she says from her home in Hogtown. "It’s like getting a tattoo – you have to know what you’re going to get, and you have to like it, because you’re going to be stuck with it."
"There’s a lot of people who start bands and complain about shit all the time, but it’s just because they’re not playing the music they want to be playing."
Born "three years or so" ago in Toronto, with roots firmly planted in the stalwart Burlington, Ontario rock and punk scene, The Creepshow’s blend of punk rock, psychobilly and horror flick moxie will be prominently displayed on the D-Tox/Union stage at this year’s Warped Tour stop in Montreal. And, though that’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s just one of many exciting things happening in Creepshowland.
Currently putting finishing touches on their upcoming LP, Run for Your Life (scheduled for release in August), the band is also preparing to support Anti-Flag on a national tour this fall. This, of course, leads to the question: Are they ready to assume the burdens of coast-to-coast fame and/or notoriety?
"I don’t feel that kind of pressure," says Sin, smartly. "We just play music. We just play songs that we like and we record them and we put them on records."
Sarah Sin and her Creepshow crew are just one reason to spend your day camped out at the D-Tox/Union stage. Pressed to give me others, Mike Magee, "label douchebag" for Montreal’s Union Label Group, makes quick with name-droppage.
"Of course The Planet Smashers will be there, because they’ve been there every year. It wouldn’t be the Union stage without them," he starts, before rattling off his stage’s other bands quicker than a hiccup. "The Saint Alvia Cartel will be there for sure. The Flatliners, Johnstones, One Night Band, Subb, The Real Deal and The Riptides."
This year is the eighth year that the Union stage has set up shop at the Warped Tour, and many people (including myself) believe it to be the best and most consistently good stage going. Magee, obviously, agrees with this statement, but takes the time to explain why.
"Honestly, besides the bands being the fuckin’ awesomest bands in the world, it’s our crew that runs with it," he says. "D-Tox being a sponsor is just huge for us. The main reason it sounds so fuckin’ good is because Sennheiser comes in and backs us up like crazy. They provide that system for free."
In addition to the bands, the Union stage will feature a veritable horn o’ plenty of consumables, with Union at least partly following Sennheiser’s lead where generosity’s concerned.
"There’ll be merch central, sponsors, the usual hoopla," says Magee. "We’ll be giving away free shit too, but mostly we’ll be trying to sell shit. We’ll have our legendary toonie tent back, [which is] where we try to clean out the basement."
Vans Warped Tour
w/ The Creepshow, Against Me!, Pennywise, From First To Last, Every Time I Die, Angels & Airwaves and more…
At Parc Jean-Drapeau, July 20
Lineup info: www.warpedtour.com/warpedtour/bands.asp