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The Creeps w/Fear of Lipstick and Tongan Death Grip

Saturday's sure thing will regale you with scary stories.

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Halloween may be over, but if you’re still looking for scary music, The Creeps are here to regale you with songs about stalkers and serial killers this Saturday. Though they’ve been playing since 1999, this is the Ottawa punk trio’s first Halifax appearance. Playing catchy pop-punk with a decidedly dark slant, their music has garnered comparisons to The Misfits and The Ramones. Don’t get too scared, though---despite the tough-guy name, frontman Skottie Lobotomy is an easygoing guy who’s scared of cemeteries and horror movies. “None of us are very dark individuals,” he says over the phone, from the depths of an early Ottawa snowstorm. “That’s the aesthetic I appreciate in art, though.” Are they excited about visiting an older city full of cemeteries? The band once had the opportunity to visit the cemetery used in Dawn of the Dead while playing in Pennsylvania, but Skottie Lobotomy opted to sit out while his bandmates went for the tour with their hosts.The Creeps’ third album, Lakeside Cabin, was released earlier this year, but they already have a new record coming out, an EP that won’t quite be ready for their east coast shows (Lobotomy offers new t-shirts as a consolation). After the band finished recording the album (partly in a lakeside cabin, or “really more of a weekend at the cottage”), Lobotomy wrote a handful of songs in a short time, with a new album in mind, but quickly lost steam.“I had this idea of a dystopian future world, in the near future...they’re not about killing or plane crashes. I think people will hear a slightly different bent.” Turned out he just couldn’t shake the habit of writing about killing, though, so the band decided to record and release the new songs right away---catch them before they die out.

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