The Creepshow Comes to the U.S. Armed with a New Lineup

The Creepshow wsg Murder Party and Sailor Kicks
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
Jan. 14, 8 p.m.
$12 advance/$14 day of show
18+, (616) 272-3758

The man chained to the bathtub slowly starts to regain consciousness, just as his captor saunters into the room carrying a devious smirk and a chainsaw. She grasps the large piece of equipment with both hands, smiling, knowing it was time for this one to join the others. Dinner guests only last so long when they're dead, and rotting bodies don't keep very long in the refrigerator, either. She steps forward, her smile widens, and she brings her roaring weapon down on her newest companion.

So ends the music video for "The Devil's Son" by Canadian psychobilly band The Creepshow, a song from the group's newest album, Life After Death.

"We had squirted fake blood all over [our friend's] bathroom," said Kenda Legaspi, lead vocalist and guitarist, of shooting the video. "There were people in the kitchen making fake blood with tapioca and syrup and stuff. The day was long and messy. I ended up cleaning the bathroom from top to bottom, on my hands and knees."

Gruesome themes are nothing new to The Creepshow, which has been serving as a staple of horror-punk since its inception in 2005. Life After Death is the band's fourth album, but the first with Legaspi in the role of frontwoman. She took over vocal duties in 2012 and knew the best way to acclimate herself to the position was to just get out there and perform.

"We did a couple of tours just after I joined," Legaspi said. "Because we had to get everybody comfortable with me being in the band, we did a lot of touring."

The band began writing a new album a few months after Legaspi was on board. Armed with Legaspi's brighter vocals, as well as a focus on tighter, cleaner instrumentation, they released a record with a sound that's neither the same nor different. It's evolved.

Now, having just wrapped up a Canadian tour in support of their new album, The Creepshow is looking to dig its meat hooks into the U.S.

"It's finally the time when I sing songs that suit me, as well as something I've taken part in as far as the writing process," Legaspi said. "We haven't toured the [U.S.] yet with the new lineup. We're really excited to be able to do that."