Calabrese (band)

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Calabrese Rock Band Live On Stage.jpg
Calabrese live in 2013
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, United States
GenresHard rock, punk rock, horror punk, alternative rock, deathrock
Years active2003–present
LabelsSpookshow Records
MembersBobby Calabrese
Jimmy Calabrese
Davey Calabrese

Calabrese is an American rock band that is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. The band consists of brothers Bobby Calabrese on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Calabrese on bass and vocals, and Davey Calabrese on Drums. Calabrese has been described as "Melodic, hook-laden, catchy, fun, Rock with a Punk attitude." They have cited other bands such as The Damned, Alkaline Trio, Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Turbonegro, The Misfits, The Hives, White Zombie/Rob Zombie, AFI, Danzig, Type O Negative, and The Ramones as influences.



The three brothers were originally raised in the rural town of Antioch, Illinois in a large family of Italian American heritage. Jimmy Calabrese, the oldest of the trio, developed a fascination with horror and fictional monsters at an early age through a friend. Jimmy recalled in his blog of how after the violent suicide of a local boy, paranormal activity was witnessed and investigated by him and a group of friends via the use of a ouija board. Afterward, their house was supposedly haunted, plagued by a foul smell, and had a demonic figure appear in a door. The hauntings reportedly stopped after the family moved to Arizona.[1] Through Jimmy, Bobby was introduced to punk rock, metal and rock and roll music.

The two brothers both played bass and were separately active in a handful of local bands. In 2002, after completing film school at Columbia College, Jimmy decided the two should form their own band.[2] Bobby switched to electric guitar and the two recruited the then sixteen-year-old Davey Calabrese, their youngest brother, to play drums.[3]

Midnight Spookshow[edit]

In 2003, the band self-released the EP, "Midnight Spookshow". The EP received positive reviews from underground and indie publications from around the world. Michigan-area artist Tony O'Farell was hired to do the artwork. Aaron Carey (pipelineaudio) recorded the "Midnight Spookshow" EP at Studio Z in Phoenix Arizona.[4] The EP was mastered by Andrew Davenport at Edgeworth Studios, New Zealand, making this a truly international affair from the start.

13 Halloweens[edit]

Though retaining their original punk rock sound, "13 Halloweens" displayed a foray into a more professional quality for the band that includes catchy melodies, AFI-like wails, heavier bass and drums. Canadian artist Andrew Barr was hired for the album's artwork. A music video for "Backseat of my Hearse" was directed by local filmmaker J.D. Smith.[5] Subsequently, the band was approached by several indie labels, including an exclusive deal with Antidote Records. The band declined the offers and instead decided to again self-release their first full-length album through their recently created record label, Spookshow Records.[6] For the title, the band held a contest to name their next album. The winning title was "13 Halloweens," sent in by Tempe fan Kurt Havelock under the name Nil Failstorm.

The Traveling Vampire Show[edit]

One year later the band released their second full-length album, The Traveling Vampire Show. The album features the artwork of Tom Bagley (of Canadian rock band, The Forbidden Dimension) and Andrew Barr. The Traveling Vampire Show continued the sound of 13 Halloweens in many ways and explored in more detail the topics of the paranormal, vampirism, and the occult.

The music videos Voices of the Dead and Vampires Don't Exist were directed by famed comic book writer and film director Brian Pulido. Voices of the Dead was shot at Collins College Studio in Tempe, AZ and premiered on March 1, 2007 at Chandler Cinemas after a live performance by the band.[7] The video for Vampires Don't Exist was used to promote Pulido's latest movie, The Graves which aired on the SyFy channel.

They Call Us Death[edit]

On "They Call Us Death," Calabrese's metal and punk rock roots shine bright. With faster tempos and harder vocals, Calabrese continues to grow as songwriters.[8] "They Call Us Death" is harder, heavier and darker than their previous albums. The Calabrese brothers have developed a much more mature style with this album.[9] Bobby Calabrese has stated that the band was influenced by THE DEAD BOYS, THE STOOGES, The Damned, The Cult and MOTÖRHEAD a lot on this album.[10] The album was released March 20, 2010 on Spookshow Records.[11]

Dayglo Necros[edit]

"Dayglo Necros" not only continues their legacy as one of the most consistently badass punk bands around, it manages to up their game, displaying their continued improvement – both upon the genre and as musicians. Following in the footsteps of their last album, "They Call Us Death," the music of "Dayglo Necros" is hard, fast, and furious, and yet manages, at times, to keep the spirit and the "whoa-oh-ohs" of their earlier efforts, "13 Halloweens" and "The Traveling Vampire Show." This melding of the earlier, poppier sounds of their first releases with the harder sound of their more recent work.[12] "Dayglo Necros" was released July 1, 2012 on Spookshow Records.[13] For the title, the band held a contest to name this album. The winning title was sent in by Eric Blair from horrorpunk band, Mummula. It was inspired by the vibrant colors of the album art.

Born With a Scorpion's Touch[edit]

Calabrese ups the ante and adds so much raw emotion into "Born With A Scorpion's Touch." Every piece of the album was strategic and fit perfectly together. The instrumentals were up-tempo and hard hitting enough to make you feel like you're in a mosh pit. The vocals and the lyrics were catchy and meshed well with each song. They varied their rock styles across the whole album, from punk rock to metal to pure rock n' roll, with such finesse and without skipping a beat.[14] "Born With A Scorpion's Touch" was released October 1, 2013.[15]


Music compilations[edit]

  • Hellnight-O-Rama 2
  • HorrorPunk Compilation Volume 2: The Resurrection
  • P.A.I.N. Soundtrack Vol. 1
  • Too Much Horror Business 1977-1983: A Tribute to the Misfits 1977-1983 - "Night of the Living Dead"
  • AZPunk.Comp V2 (2003)
  • AZPunk.Comp V3 (2004)
  • Horror of it All Vol. 1 (2005)
  • This Is HorrorPunk Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Ghouls Gone Wild (2006)
  • Horror of it All Vol. 2 (2006)
  • The Morgue The Merrier (2006)
  • Rebels Of Rock N Roll No. 1 (2008)
  • Horror High Presents Prom Queen Massacre (2006)

Movie soundtracks[edit]

  • Horror Film: The Movie
  • Zombie Punks from Beyond the Grave
  • Prison-A-Go-Go! (2003)
  • Chainsaw Sally (2004)
  • Hoodoo for Voodoo (2006)
  • No. My Other Possessed-Zombie Girlfriend. (2006)
  • Blood on the Highway (2008)
  • Cabras (2009-Unreleased)
  • The Graves (As Seen on the SyFy Channel)(2010)
  • No. My Other Possessed-Zombie Girlfriend
  • Hack Job


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  2. ^ Brendan Joel Kelley (2004-06-10). "Blood Brothers - Page 1 - Music - Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  3. ^ Jimmy Calabrese (2008-12-01). "Calabrese - The Official Blog: "The Jerry Lee Lewis of Drumming" - Davey Calabrese". Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  4. ^ "Searching for "Bobby Calabrese" on Discogs". Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  5. ^ "CALABRESE - "Backseat Of My Hearse" [OFFICIAL VIDEO". YouTube. 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  6. ^ "Spookshow Records". Spookshow Records. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  7. ^ Jimmy Calabrese (2008-04-18). "Calabrese - The Official Blog: "Hey man, nice video."". Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  8. ^ rogerdiscoversherpes. "Calabrese III - They Call Us Death". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  9. ^ Dark, Mathew. "Album Review: Calabrese III: They Call Us Death". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  10. ^ Stöver, Frank. "calabrese". voices from the darkside. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Calabrese – III: They Call Us Death". Discogs. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  12. ^ Nathan, Erdel. "Music Review: Calabrese – "Dayglo Necros" (2012)". into the dark. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Calabrese – Dayglo Necros". Discogs. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  14. ^ Arca, Paul. "BORN WITH A SCORPION'S TOUCH". shakefire. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Calabrese – Born With A Scorpion's Touch". Discogs. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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