Soothe your nerves with the sounds of CREEPS ON CANDY, a dirty but
never sleazy four piece from Oakland CA, featuring Matt (vocals),
Brian (bass), Joey (drums), and Rockey (guitar). Brian and Joey
began playing music together just out of high school, while knee
deep in other bands. They started and destroyed several projects in
the early 90's. These "project" bands mostly consisted of a few
practices, a handful of songs, and then appearances at local shows
where they pirated their way onto the bills. BONK, their first band/
joke, made last minute jumps onto a number of shows with larger
bands, including MDC, TOXIC REASONS, NOMEANSNO and the ADOLESCENTS.
For a very limited time, BONK served as house band at San
Francisco's long dead Crystal Pistol, though no one ever knew when
they would play.
Subsequent similar projects included SPREAD FOR SATAN (whose main
claim to fame was Gail from TRAGIC MULATTO on vocals for one
practice) and JOSH HAPPY AND THE ASSHOLES (with Josh from
BLACKFORK), which featured acoustic tributes to Sigourney Weaver. As
far as other meaningless band name dropping... Joey played drums in
the Bay Areašs BLATZ, JACK ACID, FILTH, and is also currently in
PENDULUM SWING. Brian played bass in SPECIAL FORCES, and currently
moonlights in TALK IS POISON. At the end of '92, after nabbing a
singer and hooking up with Rockey (guitarist in Phoenix, Arizona's
critically acclaimed and largely unknown PLUG UGLIES), the boys
formed DEAD AND GONE. In 1997, Alternative Tentacles released their
full-length debut, God loves Everyone But You.
When Matt took over on vocals later that year, DEAD AND GONE was
reincarnated as CREEPS ON CANDY. Lyrically, CREEPS ON CANDY songs
are straightforward yet abstract, heartfelt while sarcastic,
critical (of you?), and pleasantly selfmocking, loathsome, and
irritating. Musically, the band is a more cohesive version of DEAD
AND GONE. It's abrasive, dissonance- fueled by bass driven rhythms,
thundering drums, and distorted guitar. Their raw, moody sound is
reminiscent of JESUS LlZARD, CHROME, STEEL POLE BATHTUB, DIE
KRUEZEN, and LAUGHING HYENAS combine with a liberal dose of THE
BIRTHDAY PARTY. Their Alternative Tentacles release, Wonders of
Giardia provides instant and damaging aural gratification for punk
and indie fans alike.
See also Dead and Gone.