A check in at Scary Kids Scaring Kids
headquarters finds the relentlessly touring sextet at it again, tearing through a series of West Coast dates with comrades Finch
The 'Kids have earned their reputation as Mad Max
-worthy road warriors, having joined Every Time I Die
and Haste the Day
in recent months. The band has also played Bamboozle, Pointfest and is on the upcoming Zumiez tour.
The frenetic, multi-dimensional rockers are a face-melting live act. Tyson Stevens' soaring vocals and gravelly screams layer over Pouyan Afkary's proggy keyboards, while Steve Kirby and Chad Crawford's squealing metal riffs tangle with DJ Wilson's thick bass lines and Jamie Ethridge's beefy drums. Their thrashing sounds are capped off by speaker-scaling, stage-diving, equipment-destroying, high-strung onstage antics. Once you've seen a Scary Kids show, everything else seems dull in comparison.
The band released their self-titled album late last year to the approval of critics and fans alike. The disc reflects the wide variety of influences contained in their record collections. The classic metal sound of "Snake Devil" contrasts with the intimate acoustic arrangement on "Goes Without Saying" and the melancholy but melodic vocals on "The Deep End." And Scary Kids' hardcore roots are taken to anthemic new heights on tracks like "Degenerates" and "Holding On."
Over all, Scary Kids are a band expanding their musical and lyrical arsenal while exploding off the stage.
* = w/ Finch
05/30: Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
05/31: Bakersfield, CA @ Stramier Park
06/07: Milipitas, CA @ Great Mall
06/14: Plano, TX @ Windhaven Plaza
06/16: Houston, TX @ Katy Mills
07/18: San Diego, CA @ Soma*
07/19: Pomona, CA @ Glass House*
07/20: Pomona, CA @ Glass House*
07/22: St. George, UT @ Electric Theater*
07/23: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
07/24: West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club*
07/25: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater*
07/26: San Jose, CA @ SJ Skate*
07/27: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's*
07/28: Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk*
07/30: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater*
08/01: Boise, ID @ The Big Easy Concert House*
08/02: Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater*
08/03: Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom*
08/04: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
08/05: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse*