Scary Kids Scaring Kids

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids Scaring Kids - November 14, 2005.jpg
Scary Kids Scaring Kids in 2005
Background information
Origin Gilbert, Arizona
Genres Post-hardcore, emo
Years active 2002–2010
Labels Immortal
Past members Tyson Curtis Stevens
Pouyan Afkary
DJ Wilson
Peter Costa
Steve Kirby
Chad Crawford
Justin Salter
James Ethridge
Tanner Wayne
Derek Smith

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.[1] The group disbanded following a farewell tour in 2010.[2]


Early years, After Dark and The City Sleeps In Flames (2002–2005)[edit]

The band – which originally was composed of Tyson Stevens on bass guitar and lead vocals (later to be strictly the vocalist/songwriter), 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.[1] 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)[edit]

Scary Kids Scaring Kids, released on August 28, 2007 and produced by Don Gilmore (who previously worked on Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, Linkin Park, and Trust Company 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] "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."[citation needed] 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."[this quote needs a citation]

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.[3]

Change in labels, work on a follow-up album, and break-up (2008–2010)[edit]

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 formally of Chiodos, Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil and Cove Reber, formerly 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.[4]

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)[edit]

Vocalist Tyson Stevens was found dead on the morning of October 20, 2014 at the age of 29.[5] His mother and girlfriend both told police that heroin is to blame for his death.[6]

Band members[edit]

Final lineup
  • Pouyan Afkary – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, piano, backing vocals (2002–2010)
  • Chad Crawford – rhythm guitar, vocals (2002–2010)
  • Tyson Stevens – lead vocals, additional guitar, programming (2002–2010), bass guitar (2002-2004)died 2014
  • DJ Wilson – bass guitar, backing vocals (2004–2010) lead guitar (2002-2004)
  • Steve Kirby – lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–2010)
  • Derek Smith – drums, percussion (2009–2010)
Former members
  • Peter Costa – drums, percussion (2002–2005)
  • Justin Salter – drums, percussion (2005–2007)
  • Tanner Wayne – drums, percussion (2009)
Touring musicians


Studio albums
Other appearances


  1. ^ a b Apar, Corey. "Allmusic biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Scary Kids Call It Quits". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Paul Cashmere. "Scary Kids Scaring Kids Awarded A Libby". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids // Blog". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids vocalist Tyson Stevens found dead at 29". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
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