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Music: Creature Feature

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‘Creature feature’ is the title for a horror genre involving creatures of some sort attacking people. Everything from Godzilla to gremlins are included, but the term can be applied to an even broader sense of cheesy, monster-based horror stories. It can be an aesthetic, like the gothic horror that it’s closely connected to. The band Creature Feature uses this aesthetic to tell fun, funny songs, in a manner comparable to how Abney Park uses the steampunk genre.

Creature Feature has two albums out, The Greatest Show Unearthed and It was a Dark and Stormy Night. Notice the ‘unearthed’/’on earth’ pun? They love doing stuff like that. Songs include one reminiscent of Edward Gorey’s seminal work in the illustrated alphabet genre, The Gashlycrumb Tinies. One particularly rip-roaring one advises everyone on how to deal with a zombie apocalypse (‘Aim for the Head’). The musical style, a pop-metal-ish tone heavy on the merry-go-round-y repetitive organ music, can be annoying after a while, but it’s fun, and definitely aimed at people with a soft spot for the gimmick.

Both albums are streaming online, at their official site:  http://www.creaturefeaturemusic.com/album_categories/music/

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