Quick Updates August 2018

Hello friends/fans,

Sorry its been so long. Interesting summer though. Scars Like These had a show at Century Bar, and then we had  one show at The Tusk on South Street. Shit was crazy. We got a show tonight at the Rusty Nail in Ardmore. Seriously can’t wait.  Details and pictures will be coming soon. For my birthday my sister and her boyfriend took me out to see Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, and Black Label Society. Hell of a show. I got to meet Gary Mader, the bassist of Eyehategod and I shook Pepper Keenan‘s hand as well before we left for the night. Totally made my night extra awesome!
Also, I’ve been partaking in my friend Zach’s Mega 80s marathon for the month of August. In case you don’t know Zach. His page is here.  I’ll have movie reviews coming soon as well. This is just a quick update.  More details soon!

Dave D.

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Updates July

Hello friends/fans,

I always try to plan to add more to this blog, but it gets really difficult when your work schedule conflicts with your free time. Your free time not only consists of your music projects, but also your writing projects, and daily necessary things we need to do for life maintenance. It’s a pain to keep it all together sometimes and depression can ensue, but I assure you I am staying as positive as I can.
Scars Like These played at The Fire Sat June 23. It was a horrendous experience. In short, we got on the wrong bill with the wrong bands and basically not enough people stayed to see us play last.  But ya know what? Fuck em.
Anyways, I’m over that. Our next show will be at Century Bar in Philly. I will post the flyer/event page for that soon. In the meanwhile, we have been working on some new songs for the future full length LP.
On the other side of things, I have gotten back into doing MoonCandle again with Zach. I am finishing up the one from late 2016/early 2017 that I never finished. It’s a total of a half an hour and it’s one song. It’s a lot of grueling work, but the finished product will be epic for fans of weird drone music.
I’ve been trying to get back into writing. This blog helps, but I want to get more movie reviews on here again soon and I want to take part in this writing contest Zach was telling me about. I’ll see what I can do to get everything on here that I have already written soon. This includes the rest of the Friday the 13th movies and Martin Scorsese movies.
Well, that’s it for now. Check back soon!

Dave

Updates June

Sorry I haven’t been posting again. The Scars Like These show at the Trocadero went very well. We even had it live streamed on Facebook! A video will hopefully surface soon. On top of that I went out to see Slayer last night for the “final” time? Hopefully not. More stuff will be posted later!

Dave

Updates May

Hello friends,

It’s been a rough week with the passing of my friend, work, and the band. Be that as it may, I’ve been holding back on things I should be doing to get through. I wanted to write more movie reviews, and I’ve wanted to write a short story for a writer’s group compilation book. Last year I didn’t get to do this.  I need to get back into it.  With so much going on it really is hard to focus, but I really want to push myself.
Meanwhile, my band is playing the Trocadero show this Saturday coming up. It’s a big deal. I definitely can’t wait to play there again. We got new shirts ready, and hopefully more copies of the new CD will be made as well. More updates soon!
Below are some cool, crazy shots of me from the last show.

 

Dave

In Memoriam: Nick O’Krepki (1989-2018)

Nick O’Krepki (1989-2018)

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It’ll be one of the saddest days of my life as I see the funeral of my friend and former bandmate Nick O’ Krepki tomorrow. I never thought I’d see the day, but its actually happening.
Where do I start ?
Sometime in the mid-2000s, I was looking for musicians to try out for my band at the time. I first heard about Nick from some of my friends just talking about him.  He was described as a guitar player who’s really good and would be down to play some heavy metal, which is exactly what I was looking for. At the time he wasn’t available to try out, but I kept his name in mind.

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A few years later, I was hanging with my buddy Mike down the street and I finally got to meet Nick in person. I wasn’t sure if he was serious about the band thing, but apparently his band already existed… the name, the logo, artwork concepts, and everything! Mike was to do vocals, myself on drums, and Nick on the axe!
Check some of this stuff:

Sounded awesome, but I didn’t get to hear him truly play his guitar until I brought over my drums to set up at his place.  He was definitely good, had some tasty riffs up his sleeve. He didn’t really play solos so much, he was just the Riffmeister! On quite a few occasions, Nick would show me his acoustic playing style, and I could see he was really into classical, also knew a lot about music theory.
This video clip of Nick from 2013 just goes to show you how awesome he was at guitar!

We started to jam together, and it wasn’t long before we clicked. Nick would come up with riffs and we’d piece them together. Mike would write down the lyrics at random in his book, and we really got good once the songs came together. Although he was a giant fan of bass-heavy bands like Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers, he didn’t think having a bassist was all that important for our sound.
Our friend Drew came back from college not long after we started, and was also a part of the band playing what would be the bass notes through his keyboards. Our sound definitely got fuller and even more interesting!
Every Sunday at his house was like a tradition for well over 3 years. We’d rock out, chill, rock out again, probably eat an epic dinner his parents made, and go right back to it.
I had so much fun every Sunday, I didn’t have time to really think about taking pictures of us rocking out. You just had to be there.
This went on for awhile, and we eventually got the songs recorded. Drew and Nick edited and mastered it. It wasn’t the ultimate quality or anything but you can judge for yourself by clicking the video below. This was our demo from 2013. Nick did the cover of course.

After all said and done, we had about 10 songs, and maybe 3 or 4 other ideas for songs. It was a shame to see the practices come less and less. Even when Mike and Drew dropped out, I still continued to jam with Nick. Eventually that stopped too. I was very disappointed, as I was not liking the idea of re-starting a whole new band again.
Nick was going to be a part of my doomy-sounding project with my friend Zach, called MoonCandle. But alas he never got to be a part of it.

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Hanging out with Nick was always great. Nick was the kind of friend that was always down to hang when no one else was around. I’d have a shitty day at work, and we would hang out afterwards. That’s the kind of dude he was. We both liked metal, punk, horror movies, old TV shows (X-Files, Star Trek, etc.) He was really into Yes and Primus. Both bands I’ve always liked my whole life, but I got to learn about them a bit more from hanging with Nick.
I was always a self-loathing musician, but Nick would be the exact opposite. He would say we are awesome, we are the best. That got me feeling positive for the first time about any band I had ever played in. His disturbingly perverted but hilarious artwork got me wanting to get back into art myself. I had been beating myself up about it for years because of not doing so well in Graphic Design, but Nick made me feel confident about it.

Nick also taught me how to skateboard after all the years I missed out on it. It was a lot of fun. He said if I kept practicing, I would be damn good. Maybe I should pick up a skateboard and try it again? Nick also made me feel better about myself when we were at a party, both single at the time, kinda acting as wing men for each other. We weren’t super successful with the ladies, but we laughed about it all night. We had so many inside jokes, people would totally not get it. And that was the best.

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Nick was full of so much talent … his music, his artwork, welding, skateboarding, his knowledge of history, he could even speak fluent Russian! He was gifted all over the place. But unfortunately like most talented people, Nick followed a path of self-destruction. I tried to stay around as long as I could, but it got to the point where I had to cut ties completely.
Even though I was on his amends list, I had already forgiven him because I know what addiction does to people. I had seen it in others before but this time it was a close friend.
I will always miss Nick for the rest of my life. Not a day will go by. He left that big of an impression on me.

Love you bro,

Dave

Scars Show tonight

Hello friends/fans/followers,

This has been a rough week for me. Well, besides working and getting ready for the big show at Bar XIII tonight, I was abruptly given news of  about an old friend of mine who just passed. It’s been very difficult, I may post a whole blog about him In Memoriam.
Well anyway, big show tonight. Wish me luck everybody!

Dave

 

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I’m still here

This winter has been seriously brutal my friends. I’ve had to deal with a long-lasting cold, 2 middle ear infections, all while working. I’ve had to rest as much as I can to get back to normal, and I still don’t feel all that great. It’s been shitty to say the least.

Meanwhile, Scars Like These update:
Our bass player Chris quit the band, we recorded an amazing sounding new EP  called Defiled, and hired a new bassist, Vic DeVille (ex-Devil’s Grippe).

Copies of Defiled will be out soon.

Dave

2017

Hey friends,

Again like I always say, sorry for the slow updating. Life can be really busy sometimes. But it’s the end of the year so I should say something.
It was a year that had a lot of ups and downs (probably more downs), but it almost balances out as an okay year. This is for me of course, not for others who may have gone through way more hardships.
Well, the biggest highlight for me was auditioning and being hired into the band Scars Like These. This was big for me because prior to that I had only been in bands that never really got around to playing shows regularly. So this was my first year of playing shows regularly and I gotta say its a lot of fun. That was the big part of the year for me.
Nothing is peaches and cream of course. On the darker side of this year, I had lost some people who were very close to me. Now, and probably for the rest of my life, it will affect me.
There was a lot more to this year that I didn’t mention because it’s a little too personal, but I can pretty much sum it up as an okay year, just not great as how I felt about 2016.
As for Oblivion’s Realm 2018, I will continue to post reviews and Scars Like These updates. I hope for a new MoonCandle release, and a lot more movie reviews here.
My original 2018 plan was to post something every day, but I may save that for 2019.

Have a great rest of the year, my friends !

Death Metal Dave Debauchery Smith

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Movie Reviews on their way

Hello friends,

The original reason I made this blog site was for the purpose of putting together something that wasn’t Facebook — something that was more me, more personal whether people read it or not. Most of the postings on this blog as of late have been about the band I am in, Scars Like These. This blog was intended to be more than just about my band. I also have MoonCandle, as well as my previous bands Coffin Born, Terminal Frost, etc. I also made animated movies on 3D Movie Maker years ago. In recent years, they were uploaded onto YouTube and that was part of my inspiration to make this page. I wanted to share all of my art that has been unseen to most of the world.

I also write because I think it is something that I am good at. Unfortunately it can be very difficult to keep up with. To get back into the practice of writing regularly, I always feel writing a movie review is very helpful. Since I’ve opened this blog site, I’ve only had a few movie review entries. I don’t think it is enough. I need to post more. I got really in-depth reviews on Martin Scorsese films that I started after the Taxi Driver anniversary and have not yet finished. I have also planned a George Romero and Tobe Hooper In Memoriam. I even want to write something about Bill Paxton, but seriously with time going by faster and faster, it just continues to get difficult.

To get past all this and just start writing regularly again, I needed something I could write about with ease. On Friday Oct the 13th last week it hit me. My friend at work and I were talking about our favorite Friday the 13th movies… well shit damn! I own them all and haven’t watched them in years, so I popped them in when I got home from work. Friday afternoon till early Monday morning right before work… I finished all 12 films. Crazy, right? I must have no life.

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It was worth it.  I love all those movies even if there were some bad ones. It definitely made my weekend. It just felt right with Halloween getting closer and all.
So here it is everybody, get ready for it.  The next post onward (if not band-related) will be all the Friday movies reviewed in order.

Okay folks, check back very soon 🙂

Dave DebauChh- Chhery

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Seriously wish I had all these!