Friday, June 24, 2016

Horror Hootenanny 13!

Ok Fright Fans, the gory details have been nailed down and it's my pleasure to announce that this year we are bringing Canadian horror rock legends FORBIDDEN DIMENSION back to the US for DR. GANGRENE'S HORROR HOOTENANNY 13!!

Joining them in the musical mayhem will be Nashville's own THE CREEPING CRUDS, and garage/surf rockers MUMMULA.

The action all takes place SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st at THE END in Nashville. So make plans now to kick off the Halloween season in style with Nashville's host with the most, Dr. Gangrene, The Creeping Cruds, Mummula, and Forbidden Dimension, and stay tuned for more updates and bloody details!!

About the Hootenanny:

Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny is Nashville's premiere rock and shock event. Since 2004 the event has brought horror music and madness to Music City, hosted by the Physician of Fright, Dr. Gangrene, and featuring a plethora of bands throughout the years including The Creeping Cruds, The Koffin Kats, Forbidden Dimension, Psychocharger, Dead Dick Hammer, Daikaiju, and many more. For more information and updates check out the facebook group or the blog at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Horror Hootenanny 11

The details for the 11th annual Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny are officially announced, and we're excited to announce a new venue this year, as well as a slightly different format. This year we'll be showcasing 3 bands early on in the evening, with a special 40th anniversary/Marilyn Burns tribute screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Midnight, with special guest John GRANDPA Dugan.

As always the event is a costume party, with special prizes for winners, plus a dollar discount at the door for all who come dressed in costume. There are 2 separate areas at the new venue, the CULT FICTION UNDERGROUND. One is the screening room where the bands will play and the movie at midnight. The other room is the bar area where the Halloween party will rage until the wee hours of the morning.

The Horror Hootenanny has been howling for over a decade - this is the eleventh annual Hootenanny, Nashville's premiere Halloween event. make plans now - it's gonna be a scream!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Creeping Cruds Video

The Creeping Cruds, Nashville's Scariest horror band, have a new video for their song GET UP AND KILL - so I wanted to share it with you fiends! What I wouldn't give for a drive-in that showed a kick ass lineup like this one!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Old Man Winter rages on here in Horror-Hoot land and during this frosty downtime we want to keep all you Monster Kids having bad dreams about us - so we roll out even more cool-as-hell reviews, commentary and interviews with our favorite Horror-ish Rocksters..

Today we speak with the and only Jackson Phibes from Calgary's legendary The Forbidden Dimension! Jackson Phibes is a name that deserves its own peg atop the Horror-Rock Totem Pole of Royalty - next to the likes of Roky Erickson, Alice Cooper, The Misfits etc. A master guitar slinger, genius wordsmith and extremely gifted artist, Jackson (aka Tom Bagley) has spent decades sharing his twisted obsessions with all things creepy-crawly. 

The band's brand spankin' new, bombastic and completely over-the-top super-slab, "The Golden Age of Lasers" further proves that while the rest of the horror herd is doing their best pretending to be The Misfits, Phibes and gang are steadily keeping it real for the Monster Kids! Chock full of accomplished monster Rock guitar and fiendishly clever themes, "Lasers" blasts through your skull like a death ray from Neptune. This Dimension remains Forbidden in 2012!

HH: What is the current Forbidden Dimension line-up and how long has this version been intact?

Jackson Phibes: 
Currently, it's myself plus H.P. Lovesauce (Craig) on bass, and P.T. Bonham (Mark) on skins. 

FD line-ups are pretty much a shaggy dog story, but this one has been intact (off n' on) since 2000, albeit often in the guise of a different band, The English Teeth (we worked on the FUBAR soundtrack, our claim to quasi-fame). And we had a different drummer for a couple of years (Hyde Maintenance) around the time leading up to and the recording of A Cool Sound Outta Hell (2005-2006).

HH: Over the years FD has remained pretty true to their original sound while the sonic impact of each successive record has increased. What can fans expect from the new slab The Golden Age of Lasers?

Jackson Phibes: This was the second time we worked with Casey Lewis twiddling the knobs, and Mark was much more open to some of his ideas involving drum sounds than Hyde was on the last album, so there is definitely a ballsier drum sound. Personally, I had no problem with the more fractured, garagy sound of "Cool Sound", but this one does perhaps kick a modicum more ass.

We also did things like adding lower piano notes to some of the bass guitar passages, so it almost gets a kind of "KISS Destroyer" feel going at certain spots. You can't really pick it out, but there's a weird warm, thunder-y tone happening, particularly in a few songs where the bass is carrying the melody of the riff.

HH: Do you produce your own music or are you associated with greedy suits who want to "own your very soul"?

Jackson Phibes: (When I first read this I thought you said "greedy sluts": I wish!) We always have called the shots, although we like to work with somebody (like Casey) who can help us out with things like background harmonies and off-the-wall ideas for keyboard and percussion over-dubs, etc., stuff that makes the recording sound more like a real record!

HH: Until very recently, FD has not been available via the popular digital/internet resources of the day - and even now we're limited to random access (Cool Sound now on iTunes, Coffinful of Crows on CD Baby).
Do you plan on opening up the download library for the children of the internet age?

Jackson Phibes: Indeed. I would like to get the Cargo albums out for download (Cargo itself long ago went tits-up). Right now you can get 'em from the blogs, but it would be nice to have it all a bit more legit and properly available.

HH: You have worn a familiar face-paint over the years. Is there anything behind this other than a "look"? Did the look evolve or have you kept it the same since the beginning. The kids need to know.

Jackson Phibes: We didn't wear it when we first started out (late 80s), but I kinda wanted to get a bit more of a little-kids-in-ghoul-make-up-posing-for-Famous-Monsters feel. That eventually evolved into a more glammy direction in my own appearance, the dribbling blood became more of a black and white graphic with little spirals n' stuff. Quite often, we'll do shows without any make-up at all these days, as I'm starting to look creepy and eerie enough as I get older. It's fun though, esp. when we do shows nowhere near Halloween and you get the hosers in the bathroom that have never seen us before wondering what the hell is goin' on. Mark always puts the bag on his head though. Just for the sheer terror that it inspires.

HH: Your (fantastic) artwork is pretty recognizable for people that pay attention to certain art culture circles. Aside from the obvious FD record covers etc. where would we find your work (other band's records, pubs etc.)?

Jackson Phibes: Thanks! I do lots of covers for weekly/monthly local papers and I have a weekly cartoony-illustration I do for a FFWD column called Video Vulture, where a fellow named John Tebbutt will write about various famous/obscure movies in different genres (some horror and sci-fi, lotsa Asian obscurities, action, comedy, etc.). I also do CD covers for local bands, although not as many as in the old days when there also seemed to be a lot more 7" singles being released all the time. I've done things for Chixdiggit!, Huevos Rancheros, Man or Astroman?, Cripple Creek Fairies, the Von Zippers, etc. I'm uploading stuff all the time on my Flickr page:

HH: It has been discussed between Dr. Gangrene and myself for a while to bring Forbidden Dimension down to play The Horror Hootenanny in Nashville. What are your thoughts on coming down for this and what is your perception of the TN/US Biblebelt in general?

Jackson Phibes: I'd love to come down there. Any excuse to see some place different than here at a nice time of year! As for the TN/US Bible Belt, I'm married to an American Jew, and since they control the media, I just believe whatever she tells me about it.

HH: Do you travel outside of Calgary with any frequency these days?

Jackson Phibes: Not a whole lot with FD this year., but this will most likely change in the spring when the new album's been out for a while. We might start getting more invites. However, I play in another band called the Agnostic/Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy, and we always seem to be playing at weird folky/blues festivals out in cow pastures throughout the summer months.

HH: What are thoughts on the ever-widening "Horror Rock" scene and are there any acts that you especially like or we should know about?

Jackson Phibes: I do tend to avoid bands that are in the horror-rock genre, as many of them seem to be super derivative, although I'm always interested hearing things that my facebook fiends are involved in. For new stuff, I tend to listen to stuff like Heavy Trash, Dex Rowebber, SCOTS, and quasi-metal stuff like Ghost and Witchcraft. Also, I really like this English instro band called the Space Agency. Most of the time though, listen to old stuff in various genres like old metal, 50s-60s jazz, rockabilly, Dave Allan and the Arrows, Link Wray, garage rock, soundtracks, etc. The usual junk! 

HH: It's obvious that you are fan of the golden ages of horror, what are some of you absolute favorites and what are your thoughts on modern horror trends?  

Jackson Phibes: I'll always return to different periods and sub-genres (Universal, Hammer, 50s B-movies, Mexican, Val Lewton, Coffin Joe, 70s drive-in, Euro-trash, Bigfoot docs, spaghetti westerns, noir) depending on my mood/time of year/etc. I always say the same movies whenever I'm asked to give a list of classics: "Curse of the Demon", "Night of the Hunter", "Spiderbaby", "Mad Love", "Carnival of Souls", "Dementia","Island of Lost Souls", "Mad Monster Party?".

I've also added a lot of the classic TV shows to the list, as I tend to watch them over and over again more these days more so than full movies (shorter attention span). I also really enjoy the sub-sub-genre of poverty-stricken hicks trying to make horror movies in the middle of nowhere (American Movie, Demon Lover Diary, Mule Skinner Blues)...

HH: Lugosi, Chris Lee or John Carradine?  

Jackson Phibes: Louis Jourdan! Max Schreck! All of the above! All are fun for different reasons. Carradine is probably the least "great" in the role, but he had a nasty sense of humour which lurks beneath the surface, like a crotchety uncle forced to dress up like Santa. Plus, he was in "Las Vampiras", probably the finest Drac-in-a-cage-overseeing-vampire-chicks-in-green-dance-tights-fighting-Mil-Mascaras movie EVER.

Lugosi IS Dracula (at least he said so), but that doesn't mean his movie is the best (it would've been the best Drac ever if he was in the Spanish version). Lee was very interested in Dracula, always putting across a good, forceful performance, but was always upset with the exploitative material of the movies (which now seem like quaint family fare) and you can tell, he was suffering with those red contact lenses.

HH: If they made Forbidden Dimension: The Movie, who would play you (and the rest of the guys)?

Jackson Phibes: It would have to be be done with puppets or an all-Asian schoolgirl cast.

Thank you Mr. Phibes!. Tennessee awaits The Forbidden Dimension invasion! Be sure to pick up anything you can find by the band - and let them know you want to see them rocking The Horror Hootenanny soon! - Jeano

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Island of Dr. Roid Halloween 2011!

This year was creepy crisp fall perfection at Roidhause here in the tiny Bavarian village of Franklinstein, TN.
Tanya and I split work on 24 wicked jack-o-lanterns and a whole mess of reddish stick-n-skull work that would lure unsuspecting neighborhood kids into our maze of horror under a drifting orange/green veil of hellsmoke! The burnt pumpkin-ish odor of candles and sounds of horror echoed late into the night - even after we went off to watch Trick r Treat and a pair of annual favorites from the early Hammer House of Horror..  Be sure to listen to your favorite CREEPING CRUDS tune whilst enjoying these pics! 
Yours Ghouly - Jeano Roid 2011!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Horror Hootenanny 8 Follow-up

Dr. Gangrene’s Horror Hootenanny report!
The 8th annual Dr. Gangrene’s Horror Hootenanny was held Saturday October 8th 2011 at THE MUSE in Nashville, TN. This year’s event was a huge success, and a ton of fun. The Daves asked me to give a report on this year’s event, which I was happy to do!
 The Horror Hootenanny originally began as a fundraiser for my show, Dr. Gangrene’s Creature Feature. At that time I was buying airtime from the local UPN station to air my program, and selling sponsor time to cover the cost. It was an ongoing struggle to sell ads and collect money, on top of shooting and producing a weekly show, and I was getting worn out, honestly. Jeano Roid from the Creeping Cruds came up with the idea of a “benefit” show featuring several bands to raise money to keep us on the air. It went over well, was a success with all the bands, and became an annual event everyone looked forward to. Over the years my show changed stations and I no longer needed to buy commercial space, so we switched the Hootenanny from a benefit show to an annual entertainment event and were able to start paying out of town bands more. All of which is a long-winded way of bringing you up to date on the hootenanny and what it’s all about.

I got to the Muse around 4pm and met Jeano there to start decorating. We strung Halloween lights throughout the place along with a full assortment of spooky props: spider webs, a full sized skeleton, severed body parts, skulls, etc. I also set up a video projector this year and had horror trailers and movies playing throughout the event. I had a handful of posters from Rue Morgue Magazine that I hung around the place too. We finished decorating about an hour before doors opened. Boomer, drummer for the Creeping Cruds, and I drove and grabbed a quick bite to eat and got back before the doors opened. I made a quick costume change, put in my contacts, slapped on a little makeup and I was good to go. 

For the Hootenanny and other music events (including when my own band plays) I don’t usually dress as Dr. Gangrene. The main reason is I like to keep everything separated, so I don’t get too burned out. It gives me a nice release from the Dr. Gangrene gig, and a different creative outlet. It’s fun to dress in different outlandish costumes and this year I decided to channel a combination of Alice Cooper and Screaming Jay Hawkins and went with a bit of a witchdoctor getup, including carrying a staff with a skull on the end that I named HANK (in tribute to Screaming Jay’s skull on a stick named Henry).

This year’s hoot was a Zombie themed event. We worked in conjunction with the Nashville Zombie walk and held the Hootenanny the same day. The walk was at 4 and the doors to the Hootenanny opened at 7. We added an extra band to this year’s lineup – making it a total of five bands. The first band to play was The Coffin Bangers. They’re a new band, so they haven’t quite refined their sound yet. But they have good energy and got the show started with a bang. Afterwards there was a bit of excitement as the sound guy disappeared and I later learned he’d gone to break up a fight in the parking lot. But we got him back and the show continued without too much interruption.
Between each band I gave away prizes from my sponsors, which this year included Unholy Apparel, Rue Morgue Magazine, Scary Monsters Magazine, Evil Pumpkins, Wicked Witch Productions, Terra Fossil Wines, Lone Wolf Body Art, the Coffee Pirate, and Unkle Pigors. The way it worked was with every ticket sold at the door a person was given a raffle ticket they wrote their name on and dropped in a witch’s cauldron. Every time they bought something at the bar they also got a ticket. I randomly selected winners on stage before each band and handed out the goodies.
The second band to play was Alucard. These guys have been around for a couple of years now and they’re a really good band. A three piece vampire themed horror band, they always put on a good show. They’re a prolific band, as they’ve already put out something like 3 cds in 2 years, if I’m not mistaken.
We had a Zombie photo booth set up this year to document some of the creepy costumes. Almost everyone in attendance came in costume, as they got in for only $3 if they were dressed up. Lots of folks took advantage of the free Photo Booth and we got some terrific pics.
Next up was our band, Spookhand. The crowd was really great by the time we went on and the room was full. The sound wasn’t quite as good as I’m used to there, as far as what I can hear onstage. But we played through it and honestly played one of our best sets ever, despite sound issues.  We played a trio of Misfits covers toward the end, which the crowd went nuts for: 138, Night of the Living Dead, and Brain Eaters. I incorporated a little shock rock antics to my set, and lopped off the hand of an unfortunate victim with a chainsaw, spraying blood into the audience. I then drank blood from his severed hand for my next song, I DRINK BLOOD. Good times.
Before the next band we crowned a zombie King and Queen and pulled them onstage to dance to the Prom Night theme. Was pretty silly, fun, and we had a special handmade trophy from Evil Pumpkins for the King and queen.
The Creeping Cruds played next and tore the place up. The crowd was at its largest at this point, and the Cruds scored extra points by coming out in drag and opening with the song SWEET TRANSVESTITE, which totally ROCKED! They were great as always and played several new tunes. A new Cruds CD may just be in the works soon, which is long overdue.
Before the next band we chose a Best Zombie, and gave out special prizes to the winner, including a $150 dollar gift certificate to Lone Wolf Body art in a custom made coffin from Wicked Witch Production, along with a handmade trophy from Evil Pumpkins. Sweet!!
DEAD DICK HAMMER finished out the night and let me tell you, these ghouls rock! If you ever get a chance to see them do yourself a favor and do so. Part punk, part rockabilly, part rock n roll, all evil! DDH is another three piece band from Kentucky, and the nicest bunch of ghouls you could ever hope to meet. They rocked the house and finished out the Hootenanny in style.
Everyone seemed to have a really great time and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about the evening. We’re already planning next year’s event, and are working on bringing in 45 Grave if things work out right. They had hoped to play this year but are in the studio at the moment working on a new CD! We are even planning an event for this coming January too, as a year is just too long to wait between horror rock events. Nashville is a growing hub of horror rock, getting bigger all the time, and I aim to keep that trend growing!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Horror Hootenanny 8 a huge success!

Just want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out to the Horror Hootenanny last Saturday night! We had record crowds, and more costumes than ever before. It was a fangtastic start to the Halloween season. Also a HUGE thanks to all our sponsors - Lone Wolf Body Art, Evil Pumpkins. Terra Fossil Wines, Unholy Apparel, The Coffee Pirate, Rue Morgue Magazine, Scary Monsters Magazine, Wicked Witch Productions, Boa Clothing Toxic toons and all my friends and fiends who helped pull off a great event! Here's to you all, and to next year's Horror Hootenanny #9!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Horror Hootenanny 8 Greeting

Video greeting for this year's Horror Hootenanny 2011 from Dinah Cancer of 45 Grave and Lloyd Kaufman of Troma pictures!! Fun stuff!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Horror Hootenanny 2011 Best Zombie

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Alright ghouls, get prepared to get dead because at the Hootenanny this Saturday night we'll be crowning our annual BEST ZOMBIE, and the winner will receive, in addition to the admiration of all their undead kin, some really kick ass prizes.

The winner will receive a custom BEST ZOMBIE trophy by Evil Pumpkins, as well as that awesome hand made cackling coffin from wicked Witch Productions we blogged about a couple of days ago. Inside that coffin will be a gift certificate for $150 dollars to Lone Wolf Body art so you can commemorate your victory for all eternity (or until you're dead and rotted) with some awesome ink!

So let's see what you've got, Naschville - bring out yer rotted dead!!