Five years ago, when Sean "Sickboy" McNab stepped on stage at the Salmon Festival concert in Grand Falls-Windsor, he was only there to help set up for Alexisonfire. Still, many in the crowd recognized him, and started chanting, "Creepshow! Creepshow!" as he helped move gear around.
This week, McNab is making it back to the province with the rest of The Creepshow, to perform two long-awaited shows at CBTGs on George Street.
The psychobilly band, based in Ontario, has undergone a few changes over the past five years, but only McNab insists, when it comes to its members; not its style or sound.
First, lead singer Jen "Hellcat" Blackwood had a baby and left the group, and was replaced by her sister, Sarah.
Drummer Matt Pomade decided to quit touring once he got engaged, and earlier this year, Sarah's priorities also changed after her other band, Walk Off the Earth, gained quick popularity with their YouTube cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," played by the five band members on the same guitar at the same time.
Enter drummer Sandro Sanchioni, guitarist Daniel (no last name) and singer Kenda Legaspi.
"We've never really had a guitarist who could bring us to the next level," says McNab.
McNab, who plays the upright bass, and The Reverend McGinty are the band's remaining original members.
"A friend of mine heard we were looking for a new singer, and told me, 'She's perfect, she's got the voice, she's gorgeous and she's covered in tattoos,'" says McNab of Legaspi.
"We held auditions and as soon as Kenda spit out three words, we just all looked at each other, like 'She's perfect.'"
Despite the changes, The Creepshow has never stopped touring, and is currently on a country-wide tour that will see a stop in Halifax before it comes to St. John's for gigs on Thursday and Friday nights.
The band have been working out some new material on stage, while still performing the punk- and country-twinged, horror-themed rockabilly from records "Sell Your Soul," "Run For Your Life" and "They All Fall Down" that has earned them a worldwide following.
Since McNab and McGinty have always done much of the songwriting, the sound doesn't vary much.
"It's always a worry when you change singers, but I think a lot of people are just glad we didn't pack it all in," said McNab - who has played here before with his former band, Jersey.
Local fans should expect nothing less than the raucous show they've been looking forward to for the past five years.
"It'll be a really good time," McNab says. "A good party and a lot of fun."
The Creepshow will play Thursday night with special guests Jack Marks and the Lost Wages, 2 Guitars Clash, Rocket Rocketship and Uneeda, and on Friday night with Minus a Lung, DT and the Dinosaurs, Brat Attack and Wild in the Streets.
Tickets are $12 in advance at Fred's Records and Rosie the Rebel, or $15 at the door.
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