Scary Kids Scaring Kids
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|Scary Kids Scaring Kids|
Scary Kids Scaring Kids in 2005
|Origin||Gilbert, Arizona, USA|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, alternative rock, emo, screamo|
|Associated acts||Four Letter Lie, Underminded|
|Past members||Tyson Stevens †
Scary Kids Scaring Kids (abbreviated SKSK) was an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, in 2002. The band's name was taken from the Cap'n Jazz song of the same name. The group disbanded following a farewell tour in 2010.
Early years, After Dark and The City Sleeps In Flames (2002–2005)
The band – which originally was composed of Tyson Stevens on bass guitar and lead vocals (later to be strictly the vocalist/song writer), guitarists Chad Crawford, DJ Wilson (later to switch to bass) and Steve Kirby, Pouyan Afkary on keyboards, and drummer Peter Costa – recorded their self-financed debut EP, After Dark, while they were still in high school. After Dark was eventually re-released by Immortal Records in 2005. After nearly disbanding, they decided to pursue the band full-time, hosting nude carwashes and taking out loans to finance their tours.
The band was then signed to Immortal Records, where they released their first full-length album. Entitled The City Sleeps in Flames, the album was recorded during February and March 2005 with producer Brian McTernan, and released on June 28, 2005.
Self Titled Album (2006–2007)
Scary Kids Scaring Kids, released on August 28, 2007 and produced by Don Gilmore (who previously worked on Dashboard Confessional, Linkin Park, and Good Charlotte records) in North Hollywood, California, was the result of much consideration and effort by the band, even though they had spent most of the year living on the road. The band specifically wanted the record to be a composed album, rather than a collection of songs thrown together. This is evidenced by transitions between songs, a prelude and an interlude, as well as references throughout the album to previous tracks on the record.
Lyrically, the record was a quest for the truth in its most organic form. "It's all about reaching deep within and pulling out who you truly are" All of the songs lyrically were composed and written by Tyson Stevens The record encompasses several disparate yet linked themes, from retaining and appreciating individuality to standing up for what one believes in, and not backing down. "I think we really had time to make this album sound exactly the way we wanted to and focus on every track individually", explains Pouyan. "In the past, we've been so limited with time, but with this disc we could really focus on the small details that made a big difference to us." Pouyan spoke of the album saying, "We were so proud of this album that we had no other name for it. This is what Scary Kids is all about to this day."
In January 2008, the band was awarded a Libby Award by PETA for Best Newcomers. Scary Kids Scaring Kids received the award for their work in speaking up against Chicken Express for the PETA's 'I Am Not A Nugget' campaign.
Change in labels, work on a follow-up album, and break-up (2008–2010)
Scary Kids left Immortal Records before it collapsed and signed their major label deal with RCA Records. During their fall tour with Anberlin, Straylight Run, and There for Tomorrow, the band announced they would be working on their third studio album at the end of the tour, but decided to part ways before tracking new material.
Lead singer Tyson took some personal time off in the last 4 days of the 2009 Warped Tour and the band had replacement singers Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate, Brandon Bolmer of Chiodos and Cove Reber of Saosin filling in on vocals for the rest of the tour.
On November 30, 2009 Pouyan posted an official statement declaring that by mutual agreement the group had disbanded.
From Pouyan's blog:
"WE ARE BREAKING UP.
POSTED BY Pouyan ON November 30, 2009
First of all we would like to thank everybody who has supported Scary Kids Scaring Kids since the moment we decided to pick up our instruments and leave our homes to travel the world. We have created a strong kinship with our fans, which are much more than people of the same interests; you've become our family away from home.To get it out of the way quickly, yes we are breaking up and yes we will be embarking on our final tour in the month January. We are doing this to say goodbye in person to all the friends that have ever supported us and we’ll be making it even more special by touring with some of the bands that have become brothers to us on the road. The reason we are ending the band is very simple. We created this band together as juniors in high school and though we’ve been able to grow together for many years, inevitably we have also grown apart. We’ve had some very serious difficulties over the years as a lot of you can probably relate to as well. Life throws us all something different and we’ve decided that the best thing for us personally is to end the band on a positive note and start new chapters in our individual lives. We don’t want this thing that we've created to become the source of ultimate negativity and we’d rather remember the great times we've had together and move forward knowing we tried our best and had more good times than bad."
Derek Smith served as the band's drummer for their 2010 tour and opened shows with his new hip hop act, Mod Sun. The album that the band was recording in 2009 was never finished (as the band did not record vocals for it) or released.
Death of Stevens (2014)
- Final lineup
- Tyson Stevens – vocals (2002–2010) (deceased)
- Steve Kirby – lead guitar (2004–2010)
- Chad Crawford – rhythm guitar (2002–2010)
- DJ Wilson – bass (2002–2010)
- Derek Smith – drums (2009–2010)
- Pouyan Afkary – keyboards (2002–2010)
- Prior members
- Touring members
- Brandon Bolmer – vocals (2009)
- Eric Jandacek – guitar (2007)
- Craig Mabbitt – vocals (2009)
- Cove Reber – vocals (2009)
- Studio albums
- After Dark (2003)
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- "Scary Kids Call It Quits". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- Paul Cashmere. "Scary Kids Scaring Kids Awarded A Libby". Undercover.com. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Scary Kids Scaring Kids // Blog". Modlife.com. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Scary Kids Scaring Kids vocalist Tyson Stevens found dead at 29". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 October 2014.