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Sleaze Freak
10/23/2007

Blah...Blah...Blah... Love Songs For The New Millennium
10/26/2004
 
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Scum Of The Earth: New Album Due In October
August 6, 2007
Scum Of The Earth, the band featuring former longtime Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, has finished mixing its new album, entitled 'Sleaze Freak' (Eclipse Records), the band's first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut 'Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium', released in 2004.

Delving deep into the psyche of the blood-spitting world-famous guitarist's mind, 'Sleaze Freak' will contain 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" said Riggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material." In addition, MySpace music personality Metal Sanaz makes her recording debut, performing guest backing vocals on the track "Love Pig".

'Sleaze Freak' is scheduled to be released nationwide at retail stores throughout the U.S. on October 9, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album will be available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD will consist of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road. There will also be a clean version for those accounts who are afraid of scary comic-monsters, offensive language, etc.

'Sleaze Freak' track listing:

01. Bombshell From Hell
02. Hate X 13
03. Sleaze Freak
04. Devilscum
05. Death Stomp
06. I Am Monster
07. Love Pig
08. Macabro Expectaculo
09. Corpse Grinders
10. The Devil Made Me Do It 2
11. Scum-O-Rama
12. 13 Freaks
13. Just Like Me
 
 
 
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Scum Of The Earth Announce U.S. Tour Dates
May 29, 2007
Scum Of The Earth, the band featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs and ex-White Zombie drummer Ivan DePrume, has lined up the following tour dates (more shows to be announced):

Jun. 17 - TNT's - East Lansing, MI
Jun. 20 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Jul. 03 - Studio 7 - Seattle, WA
Jul. 05 - Rock 'N Roll Pizza - Portland, OR
Jul. 21 - Studio A - Miami, FL
Jul. 24 - Tasty World - Athens, GA
Jul. 27 - Plan B - Danville, VA
Jul. 29 - Crok Rock - Allentown, PA

Scum Of The Earth's U.S. tour is expected to last seven weeks.

Scum Of The Earth recently revealed the cover art for its upcoming 'Sleaze Freak' album, to be released this summer by Eclipse Records. The cover image is one of seventeen original acrylic works done by renowned horror-caricature artist Paul Garner exclusively for Scum Of The Earth's follow-up album to its 2004 debut 'Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for The New Millennium'. Each of the different images illustrate the album's "red light district" concept, with the booklet featuring one image for each song, plus a few extras.

The new cover art can be viewed at this location.

The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the 'Sleaze Freak' album at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO.

'Sleaze Freak' tentative track listing (not in order):

01. Bombshell From Hell
02. Devilscum
03. Love Pig
04. Hate X 13
05. Macabro Expectaculo
06. I Am Monster
07. Sleaze Freak
08. Corpsegrinder
09. Deathstomp
10. Just Like Me
11. Scum-O-Rama
12. Devil Made Me Do It Again
13. 13 Freaks
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2003
HOME TOWN: Los Angeles, CA
MEMBERS:
Riggs (vocals/guitar)
Mike Tempesta (guitar)
Mikey Ransom (guitar)
Clay (bass)
Seven (drums)

Longtime Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs didn't have to think too hard to come up with a name for his solo project Scum of the Earth. In the '90s, he carved the phrase into the body of one of his guitars and later tattooed the words on his stomach. He even named his publishing company Scum of the Earth Music. “I always thought it was the coolest name for a band since I was a kid. There was that movie Scum of the Earth and I had some of these great ‘Scum of the Earth’ comic books I really liked.” And so the debut solo outing by the Zombie guitarist had a name to match its bestial sound. His debut album, Blah… Blah… Blah… Love Songs for the New Millennium, is built around high-propulsion riffs, mechanized beats, growling vocals and horror film soundbytes. If there are similarities between some of the carnivalesque cuts on the record and those of Rob Zombie, its only because Riggs worked with Zombie for six years, writing and playing guitar parts for hits like “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl.” “I’m really proud of the work I did with Rob, so I don’t mind being compared to him. As long as people don’t say Scum sounds like something that sucks,” Riggs jokes. “But I did want to do things a little different, so I threw on a couple of acoustic songs that I’ve had around forever, ‘Little Spider’ and ‘Give Up Your Ghost’ so it’s not all in-your-face, bash, bash, bash.” Most of the songs on Blah… Blah… Blah… were written by Riggs over the past decade, and stored on his computer for a stormy night. Then, when Rob Zombie decided to put his music career on hold to focus on making horror movies, Riggs found himself with extra time on his hands. At the behest of a dedicated fan, he hooked up with some old friends… bassist Clay Campbell and drummer Seven and Powerman 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta, and Scum of the Earth was unearthed. “There was a girl who had a Riggs fan site that I had gotten to know over the years,” Riggs says. “She called me to see what I was doing, and I said, ‘Nothing.’ Two days later, she sent me a list of all these record companies that were interested in what I was up to, so I just dumped some stuff off my computer in my room and sent it to them and they liked it.” What’s not to like? Blah… Blah… Blah… is a raucous celebration of crunching guitars, booty-wagging beats and propulsive rhythms produced by Riggs and mixed by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle) and Brandon Belski (Velvet Revolver, Staind, Static-X). The first single “Get Your Dead On,” one of two tracks co-written with Powerman 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta (the other was “Altargirl 13”), combines syncopated beats, blasting riffs and gurgling keyboards to devastating effect. The track featured drumming by Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta (who also guests on "AltarGirl13" and “Beneath the Living"), and marks the first album collaboration between he and his brother Mike. “I don’t know why they’ve never done anything before,” Riggs says. “I thought maybe they didn’t get along and they’d fight, but they got on better than any of us. Basically, Mike sent me the song, and I just arranged it a little bit.” Much of Blah… Blah… Blah… bubbled out like lava from a volcano -- a force of nature that’s beyond premeditation or control. At the outset of the project, Riggs had over 100 songs in various states of completion, so he pulled out the ones that seemed the most finished and messed around with them, adding new segments and guest musicians almost on a whim. Drummer John Dolmayan, who Riggs met while on Ozzfest, added tribal percussion to “Little Spider” and funky clatter to “Bloodsucking Freakshow.” “He’s really on his shit,” Riggs says. “When he came in he hadn’t really heard the songs. But he just played them a few times, then packed up his shit and left, and they were perfect.” Also pitching in on “Bloodsucking Freakshow” were Riggs’ six year old son and drunk rock groupie chick. “It’s a simple song, so I was trying to think of ways to make it more interesting, and I said to my kid, “Hey, come in here and sing on this.” I had to bribe him with all kinds of money and gifts because he was too scared to sing it. But he ended up doing it and it sounded cool. Then, really late one night, one of my cousins came over with a bunch of drunk chicks so I had one of the drunk chicks sing the other part on it. She was pretty wasted and was laying on the floor in the studio when she did it. She wants that song to do really well so she can meet some movie star and marry him. Her goal is to lure one of the little elf guys from Lord of the Rings.” Such spontaneity was pretty indicative of Riggs’ creative approach. While he was recording “Give Up Your Ghost,” for instance, Peggy Roman Jacobson, a violinist who was a friend of a friend, dropped by the studio, and Riggs asked her to record a fiddle part. “I just never knew what was gonna happen through the process of creating this whole thing,” Riggs admits. “I just thought I’d just do some shit that was totally uninhibited, and see how it turned out. And it turned out the exact same as anything else I’ve ever done.” Maybe musically, but lyrically Riggs addresses the kind of personal issues and problems he sought escape from in his past projects. “Give Up Your Ghost,” for instance,” is about the recent death of his grandfather, one of the two people who raised and supported Riggs. And “Nothing Girl” is about the see-saw qualities of romantic relationships. “A lot of these are towards-the-end-of-your-relationship songs, when you want to fucking kill each other,” Riggs reveals. “That’s where I’m always at. There’s never a beginning or a middle, it’s just always the end for me. It’s starts out at the end and goes on for years. And finally it ends, kind of.”