Run For Your Life: The Creepshow

Rating: 85%

61F27Hflq6LCanadian Psychobilly band the Creepshow released their second record “Run for Your Life” in 2008. After the departure of Jen “Hellcat” Blackwood on vocals and guitar, the band hired Sarah “Sin” Blackwood as her replacement. The rest of the band consisted of Sean “Sickboy” McNab playing the upright bass, keyboardist Paul “The Reverend” McGinty and drummer Matt “Pomade” Gee.

The production work in the final product is good. Not much background noise in the production. Musically, this record is very strong, solid, with catchy riffs and toe tapping rhythms. The musicianship is top notch.  The keyboards, bass, and drums work well with good tempos, and good upbeats. Not a lot of filler on this record, but good ol’ fashion rockabilly running on steroids, with punk thrown in.

The upright bass work of McNab is thunderous as he slaps those strings and lets his fingers dance up and down the bass neck. Blackwood’s guitar work is very impressive. Lots of good leads and good licks. Her chord work and scales are tight. Vocally, Sarah Blackwood’s vocals are strong, crisp, and the harmony with the male background vocalists is out of this world. Lyrically the verses and chorus lines are dark. Gee’s drumming is classy. McGinty’s keys are not overwhelming and adds to the sound of the music that is refreshing and enlightening.

Track listing:

“The Sermon II” (0:55)
“Rue Morgue Radio” (2:43)
“Demon Lover” (3:14)
“Run for Your Life” (3:53)
“Buried Alive” (3:01)
“Take My Hand” (2:09)
“You’ll Come Crawlin’ ” (3:27)
“Dearly Departed” (2:35)
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Sweetheart” (2:51)
“Long Way Down” (3:26)
“Pet Sematary” (Ramones bonus track)

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