Holy shit! The best way I can think to describe the show that was GNO 2014. If you’ve been sitting in the dark of your mothers basement and don’t know what the hell Ghouls Night Out is, maybe its time to crawl out of the black abyss and walk with us dead folk. Ghouls Night Out is not only the best horror punk show around filled with some of the best bands the scene has to offer, its as many have said, a family reunion for all of us outcasts to come together, share laughs, drinks, smiles, stories and just have a great time. For me personally, and I know I’m not alone on this because I’ve heard others say it, this is hands down the best show I’ve been to, and I’ve been to plenty. By far the best Ghouls Night Out yet. Maybe it was because it was in a bigger venue than previous years, or that a majority of the people attending knew each other, I’m not sure, I just know it had such a home feel to it, it was incredible to say the least. Matt Pathetic has worked his ass off harder than most for this scene and it shows, I think each and everyone of us that have attended the past few years know just how much he puts into this. Like I’ve told him, in the 3 years I’ve gone to GNO I’ve made more friends than the four years of high school. Everyone there is there for one reason, to have a good time and listen to some kick ass music. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you like, what your past is, what you wear, as long as you’re there singing along and having a good time, that’s all that matters. I mean look around in the pics, not everyone there is the same. That being said, the bands…man all the bands that played this year killed it. One of the best line ups in my opinion and I’m still recovering my voice after singing along for however long the show went on for.
Now lets talk about the bands that played this year. Opening up the show was a North Carolina native band by the name of The Cryptoids. Now I’ve listened to these guys since they’ve been around and been friends with some of the members but this was the first time I actually got the chance to see them play live, and not only did I get to see them once, I got to see them play twice later on during the show due to certain situations that unfolded. Which personally I think they deserved to play twice, they’re a newer band, younger members, and opening a show is hard. Not everyone is there, and people are just waking up from the long trips there. They killed it both times though. These guys are currently saving up to record an album, so I highly suggest supporting these guys.
Tina of the Cryptiods
After the Cryptoids played, the horror pop-punk band Fifty Two Ways from Georgia performed. The first time I ever saw these guys was last year at GNO 13 and they blew me away, they brought an incredible energy to the stage and had some catchy songs. Seeing them for the second time was even better, now that I knew some of their songs I could sing along and have even more fun watching them. I’m a sucker for pop-punk so putting two of my favorite styles of punk together just fits together perfectly. They also did a cover of one of my favorite Hank III songs
Fifty Two Ways
“Three Shades of Black” which I never thought how well that song would transfer into a punk song but it fits perfectly and it describes us in the scene so well.
Hoax of Fifty Two Ways
I can’t wait to hear more from these guys and would like to see them get more exposure, one of those very talented bands that seem to fall under so many peoples radars, so if you’re reading this and haven’t heard of these guys, do yourself a favor and look them up. I’m pretty sure you won’t be sorry, unless you hate good music I guess. Following Fifty Two Ways was a band that was…interesting to say the least. That band being Bloody Crackdown.
These guys had an interesting stage show with heads being thrown and other various body parts. Which at a horror punk show, I suppose those fit pretty well. This was one of the few bands going into this show that I had never heard of so I’m always interested in seeing new bands perform. These guys have more of a hard rock style sound. You could tell they have fun doing what they do even though some people may not get it, as long as they enjoy it that’s all that matters. I’ve yet to listen to any recorded stuff from these guys so I can’t really make a comparison to how they sound on album and live but their stage show was definitely interesting to watch. Late Night Zero followed after Bloody Crackdown. Late Night Zero was one of the last bands to get on to the bill after a band reluctantly had to drop off.
Late Night Zero
These guys were a blast to watch, I ended up really digging these dudes a lot. I had came across their music video for “Evil Dead” awhile back and had really liked it but then forgot the name of the band for quite some time but after GNO I realize now who that band was. You gotta love when things like that happen at shows. I got the chance to talk to some of these during the show and they’re really rad dudes. I’m glad I finally know who sang that song I found randomly on the internet.
Ghouls Night Out 14 was August 9th on a Saturday, but guess who still decided to show up and cause mayhem? That’s right it was The Jasons!
This was the first time I’ve gotten the chance to see these guys play and I hope it wasn’t the last because these guys put on one helluva performance. Another one of those horror pop punk bands that fuse the two together perfectly.
Not only that but talking and rocking out with these guys during the rest of the show was a fun times, these dudes know how to have a good time. How to describe the sound of The Jasons? Well, just imagine if The Ramones decided to have a show at Crystal Lake and played while Jason did what he does best. The Jasons have a full length L.P coming out later this fall! Don’t miss it!. Now after The Jasons punched everyone’s heads off and beat us in sleeping bags against trees, a band that I’ve followed since their first album played, that band being Black Cat Attack. What can I say about these guys besides, holy hot damn do they kick ass live. This was my 2nd time seeing them and I don’t know what it was but this years performance just stood out to me.
Black Cat Attack
These guys (and gal) have been busy this summer touring the states in support of their recently released album Bright Side of the Moon which if you haven’t listened to it, do so right now, quit reading and come back after you’ve gave it a listen. I can say these guys kicked ass on their first album but this album is definitely the best they’ve put out yet. The vocals of both Bryan and Val together just give it such an intense punk rock energy. They were also featured in the latest issue of HorrorHound Magazine, so go pick that up as well!
So, there’s this band from West Virginia that I’ve become friends with and I’ve seen them countless times.
Zackula of The Big Bad
Each time I see them play I think they get better each and every time. I am of course talking about The Big Bad! These guys I feel have the potential of being huge in the horror punk scene. They have an album coming out in September that will be available at their show at HorrorHound Weekend in Indy, and from what I’ve heard live, you can be damn sure this is the best stuff they’ve put out yet. These guys give such an electrifying performance each time you’ll be mesmerized the entire time. This was the band I found myself getting the rowdiest during so far during the show, this set wore me out. I got a good laugh out of my friends Donny and Matt picking me up during the set. The entire band is nothing but some of the nicest folk I know and I always look forward to seeing them perform because as I said they continue to get better. So if you find yourself in the haunted hills of West Virginia be sure to be on the watch for these guys. After plenty of punk rock the show changed paces for a little bit.
The band that changed this pace was Darkness Descends. These guys brought metal to us in a heavy form. I know plenty of punk rockers who enjoy their fair share of metal. I saw some people get rowdy in the pit during their set, I mean it was a metal band so you have to at least a little bit. If nothing else, bang your heads. These guys had some heavy breakdowns which sometimes calls for people to start throwing fists and karate kicks in the pits which thankfully I didn’t see any of that because I personally can’t stand that shit, but that’s just me. These guys rocked the house.
After Darkness Descends gave people a change of pace, a band that has been doing this stuff for years, 1992 to be exact, took the stage.That band being the one, the only, The Independents. These guys have been waving the punk flag for years. They always get the crowd rowdy and dancing with their ska like sound. I’ve gotten the chance to see these guys a few times now and I gotta say, I think this was their best performance. They amount of fog during their set was a little over bearing and got hard to breathe during it but it was a fun time all around. As always their cover of the legendary song “Mother” by Danzig always gets a huge reaction from the crowd. These guys having been doing this for years and I’m sure they’ll be at it for plenty more.
It was nice to have a home state band on the bill for once and a band that I got to see twice this year and hopefully I’ll see plenty more times in the future. That band being the American Werewolves. Holy shit, their performance this time around blew me away. This band, has a unique energy they give off on stage and they’re just fun to watch. I got the chance to interview Trevor for HorrorHound earlier this year and talk to them at the con and they’re incredibly nice people. It was great seeing them again. This is one band that I will never miss if they come anywhere near me and you shouldn’t miss them either. They’re working on new material which I’m excited for, as I always am with great bands. I’m happy these guys are back and kicking ass. If you’ve never checked these guys out, you really should. Really talented musicians. I can’t wait to hear what their new stuff sounds like with their new line up.
Now after American Werewolves melted faces, came a performance I think a large majority of the people there were excited to see. The 2nd coming of Silent Horror and this time with the one, and only Argyle Goolsby of Blitzkid on vocals. I don’t think ANYONE was let down by this set. Not only did they blow everyone away, they proved that this scene is still as much alive today as it has ever been. There was a couple that told me they flew all the way from California to see these guys play. If you don’t know your maps too well, that means they flew all the way across
the U.S so see these guys play, that’s dedication and that’s stuff I love seeing. It’s people that travel around to see shows that keep this scene alive and kicking. Okay, back on track, not only does this band have Goolsby singing but they also feature a very talented drummer (Brandall) and guitarist (Brent), these three all together just have an incredible sound that will be melting faces as time goes on. I’m can’t wait to hear more from these guys and see more shows with these guys on the bill. I think everyone in the horror punk scene should check these
guys out. One of the best albums I’ve heard this year yet.
Last but not least came a band that only kicks ass. I’ve never seen these guys put on a bad show and I’ve seen them many times. Darrow Chemical Company knows just how to get people together and have a good time. I’m always worn out by the end of their set and horse from singing along the entire time. These guys are insanely talented and one of my favorites to see live. Their latest album Plastic Smiles was a great addition to the horror punk scene and this band, if you’ve never seen them, get off your ass and do so. Constantly touring, constantly putting out new music. These guys work their asses off for the scene they love and it shows. This is another one of those bands that get better every time I see them.
Darrow Chemical Company
But at the end of the day, it’s about YOU that’s right, you reading this wherever you are. As long as you’re going to shows and supporting the scene, that’s all that matters. Don’t let the fashion get to you, we don’t care what you wear, just come out and have fun with us. Get in the pits, get up front and sing along, whatever you wanna do to have a good time. You are this scene and with out you, it doesn’t exist. Remember my friends, LONG LIVE THE HORROR!