Ladies and gentlemen, rock lovers of Nottingham and fans of the theatrical say Hi to Evil Scarecrow. This five-piece outfit who are also known by their stage names Dr Rabid Hell, Brother Dimitri Pain, Kraven Morrdeth, Ringmaster Monty Bliztfist and Princess Luxury, the only woman of the band.
Evil Scarecrow take influence from many of the rock greats including Slayer, Cradle of Filth, Marylin Manson to name but a few. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if Kiss was one too. Led by Dr Rabid Hell these guys can make any performance into a freakshow fest worth watching and their antics go beyond their theatrical appearance. For your further listening pleasure listen to songs such as Dance of the Cyclops, Robototron, Crabatron and Red Riding Hood and let’s see what you think.
Describe Evil Scarecrow in five words
Heavy Metal Flower Petal (Kettle)
You’ve been around for now for over a decade, how does it feel?
Imagine you wake up from a concussion with blood all over your hands, you don’t know where you are, you’re confused. In the distance you hear a lamb bleat in fright. Is this real or a nightmare? How long has this been going on? As you try to pinpoint where the sound is coming from through the swirls of mist the headless body of a dog falls from the sky and hits you on the head knocking you out. Everything is black again. It feels like that.
You’re currently working on your 4th album, what can we expect from it?
As Lionel Blair* once said “Evil Scarecrow’s next album will be better than the last three, but not as good as the ones that come out after it.” To be honest, I don’t think I could’ve put it better myself. The songs will be good and if the album was a GCSE coursework project we’d collectively be getting a A star, or a 9, or whatever it is now.
How does playing a venue like Nottingham Rock City compare to playing at smaller venues?
Rock City is a bloody beast of a venue! It’s unfair to compare Rock City with other venues because it’s our hometown and it’s always a pleasure playing there. Smaller venues are good, but it all depends on the dressing room. Lavender is a good colour for a dressing room. Very calming.
You’ve performed at festivals such as Bloodstock, Download and Wacken and with their crowds being bigger than the venues you usually play, how does it compare to performing at venues?
Crikey, is this interview a venue weigh-in special? Is the next question “You’ve played on planets such as earth, how do you think you’ll go down if you play Jupiter?” Sorry, I’m being obtuse. Is that the correct use of that word? I dunno. It’s great playing on front of massive crowds, but it’s a bit like smoking crack. I just want more. I want to play in front of 100,000 people next. And then the population of China.
You’ve just played Summer Breeze, was the feedback anything like what you anticipated?
To be honest, I haven’t seen much feedback yet. I have come straight from Germany, spent a couple of days in the UK and then went to Belgium to be the best man at my best friend’s wedding. I have to say my best man speech went down a storm and the feedback from that was 100% positive. So, I imagine if I had anything to do with this band (which I do) then the feedback will be/is brilliant. But of course, that is to be expected because I am a big-headed show off.
With 4 albums, numerous air-play, festival appearances and sell-out performances at big music venues what can we expect next from Evil Scarecrow?
As the late great Philip Schofield** once put it “I can’t possibly imagine what Evil Scarecrow are going to do next, but I’m sure it won’t suck and if I were you I would invest all my money into Evil Scarecrow merchandise because it’ll be worth a fortune in about 10 years.”
*Lionel Blair almost certainly didn’t say this, but I have no evidence to back that up so maybe he did say this.
**Philip Schofield isn’t dead and I’m sure if we paid him about £200 he’d say anything we asked him to. So, he would probably say this, but again, I doubt he has.
Evil Scarecrow are on tour next year with Lost in Antarctica