Evil Scarecrow + The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
@ The Electric Ballroom, London
February 3, 2017
Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photography by Michelle Murphy
What’s best than an early gig night with Evil Scarecrow in Camden to get you ready to party all Friday night!
When I say early, I really mean early. Doors are opening at 6pm, 3 bands on the bill, the first one being RSJ with a 30 minutes set starting at 6.20pm. So of course I miss them, as I can t get to the venue before 7pm.
But from friends attending, I am told later I missed a pretty good set. Hopefully next time…
Then, after a quick change over, it’s time for self-confessed Steampunk/Punk Rockers The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing. The band formed in London in 2008. Gerhard ‘Andy’ Heintz battled throat cancer a couple of years ago, and after a recovery we are very happy to see him performing greatly.
Guitarist and comedian Andrew O’Neill is a natural when it comes to interacting with the crowd, as well as giving directions of what he wants from the crowd. After the second song, he goes on saying “We are a band that started with Punk and then went to Metal, it’s all the same”, laughing. A fan answers “You doing OK”, to which Andrew replies “Cheers man!”.
Bassist Marc Burrows and drummer Jez Miller are tight and play heavily. The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing finish their set with one of their best songs “Brunel”. They are a fun band mixing black comedy with raging Punk Rock, and you should totally check them out!
1. Victoria’s Secret
4. Boilerplate Daniel
5. Turned Out Nice Again
6. Margate Fhtagn
7. Third Class Coffin
8. Doing It for the Whigs
9. A Clean Sweep
10. This House is Not Haunted
Up next is one of the most entertaining bands, Evil Scarecrow. Nottingham’s finest and fun Heavy Metal band is composed of [according to their Facebook page] Dr. Rabid Hell – Performing Illegal Medical Operations (vocals/guitar), Brother Dimitri Pain – Time Travel (guitar), Kraven Morrdeth – Planning Executions (bass) , Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist – Handling Dangerous Animals (drums) and a replacement for Princess Luxury – Organising Swan Fights (keyboards).
So yes, with band members like this comes all sorts of…weird…hum…I can’t even find the right word!
Fans are clapping and chanting in unison “Scarecrow, Scarecrow”, the band members enter the stage to the Scorpions’s song “Rock you like a Hurricane”. Throughout the set, the moshpit is in action, only to stop for choreographed dancing with the Scarecrows. Their best songs are played, from “The Book Of Doom”, “Frankingstein’s Mirror”, “Hurricanado” which involves all of us spinning round!
Frontman Dr Rabid Hell says “Look at all of you beautiful bastards! This is a ballroom so now partner up and let’s dance”. And guess what? Pretty much everybody does and for a few minutes The Electric Ballroom fulfills its mission! Beautiful!
“We nearly sh*t our knickers when we saw the successful tickets sale, thank you. Now important question: How many robots are there here?” started the famous robot dance along song “Robototron”. And yet again the audience participation is at its peak! We are treated to two robots on stage too!
What follows is the song “Morbid Witch”, and “Space Dementia”. Now, when you think you have seen everything, you haven’t until seeing a “space moshing” due to the bands anti-gravity machine! Yes, the mosh pit is one of the funniest and weird I have ever seen, with fans pushing each other in the softer and wobbly manner. Hilarious!
The riffs of “End Level Boss” later start, with a Zelda and a Street Fighter getting onstage, simulating the old fashion video games moves, getting the audience to jump, punch and duck.
We have an Encore with two more tracks, “Hurricanado”, with people putting their fists up in the air and spinning like little tornadoes. The last song is introduced by most of the fans doing finger-claws actions with their hands, and while the song “Crabulon” plays, we even move side to side in the venue like crabs!
Lots happen during an Evil Scarecrow gig, in equal measure on stage and off. They are accomplished and skilled musicians without a doubt.
One thing I forgot to mention is how often Dr Rabid Hell and Brother Dimitri Pain play in front of one another touching each other’s… guitar strings! Good night!