Scary Kids Scaring Kids

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids Scaring Kids in 2005
Scary Kids Scaring Kids in 2005
Background information
OriginGilbert, Arizona, U.S.
GenresPost-hardcore, emo
Years active2002–2010, 2019–present
LabelsImmortal, RCA
MembersChad Crawford
Peter Costa
Pouyan Afkary
Cove Reber
Past membersTyson Curtis Stevens
DJ Wilson
Steve Kirby
Justin Salter
James Ethridge
Tanner Wayne
Derek Smith

Scary Kids Scaring Kids (abbreviated SKSK) is an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona, United States, 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] In 2019 the group reunited for a 15-year anniversary reunion tour in January, 2020[3] and have teased future reunion plans.


2002–2005: Early years, After Dark and The City Sleeps In Flames[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 Highland High School. the band graduated from Highland in 2003. [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 album: The City Sleeps in Flames. The album was recorded during February and March 2005 with producer Brian McTernan, and released on June 28, 2005.

2006–2007: Self titled album[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. 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.[4]

In 2007, Scary Kids Scaring Kids was awarded Best Noise/Screamo Band at the 2007 Arizona Ska Punk Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona. They took home the Best Noise/Screamo Band Award again in 2010, and won the Best Independent Band Award in 2009.[5]

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.[6]

2008–2010: Label change, follow-up album and break-up[edit]

The band left Immortal Records 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 four days of the 2009 Warped Tour and the band had tour members Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate, Brandon Bolmer formerly 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.[7]

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.

2014–2019: Tyson Stevens death and "Loved Forever" single[edit]

Vocalist Tyson Stevens was found dead from a suspected heroin overdose on the morning of October 20, 2014 at the age of 29.[8] On September 29, 2019, Scary Kids Scaring Kids released a song titled "Loved Forever" to honour what would have been a wish of Stevens's 34th birthday. The song was written by rhythm guitarist Chad Crawford and produced by Hiram Hernandez.[9]On November 18, 2019, members Crawford, Afkary and Costa announced that Scary Kids Scaring Kids would be reuniting for one more time for the 15 year anniversary tour of The City Sleeps in Flames release alongside touring members featuring ex-Saosin and Dead American frontman Cove Reber on vocals, Don Vedda on lead guitar and Jordan Flower on bass.

2020:The City Sleeps in Flames 15 year anniversary tour[edit]

The group toured from January 13, to 24, 2020, in partnership with To Write Love On Her Arms.[10]

Additional East Coast dates were announced on March 9, 2020 to take place between June 27, and July 12, with support from The Classic Crime, Picturesque, and Eidola. [11]

Band members[edit]



Studio albums



  • "Loved Forever" (2019)

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. ^ "SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS ENLIST COVE REBER (EX-SAOSIN) FOR 2020 REUNION TOUR". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ David James Young. "SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS Self Titled Interview".
  5. ^ "Skapunkawards". Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ Paul Cashmere. "Scary Kids Scaring Kids Awarded A Libby". Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids // Blog". Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids vocalist Tyson Stevens found dead at 29". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids return for song honoring late singer Tyson Stevens". Alternative Press. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  10. ^ Pettigrew, Jason (18 November 2019). "Scary Kids Scaring Kids enlist Cove Reber (ex-Saosin) for 2020 tour". Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Scary Kids Scaring Kids". Retrieved 2 October 2020.

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