Scars Like These Playing The Fire

Scars Like These will be playing The Fire in Philly on Saturday, June 23, come on out and see us!

Click the flyer below for the event page

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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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Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood (1988)

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On to Part VII… This to me is the start of the slight downward spiral of the franchise. I will explain that later in the review. This particular sequel does have a significance in the series believe it or not. It’s the first to have Kane Hodder play Jason. He’s not my favorite Jason actor ever ever, but he’s definitely a good one.

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It’s also the first and only sequel to this point that doesn’t have Harry Manfredini‘s music heavily involved. Fred Mollin, who did the Friday the 13th TV show series that was put together by the original’s director Sean S. Cunningham (and has nothing directly to do with the Jason movies) brings an interesting, new score but I still love Manfredini’s better.
The opening montage is narrated by none other than Walt Gorney who played Crazy Ralph in the first 2. It’s actually well put together and sets the tone nicely.
It also adds a new part to the timeline with the flashback in the beginning with Tina’s story. Tina is our main protagonist who has telekinetic powers, much like the Stephen King book/movie Carrie.
The flashback in the beginning shows her as a child living in the Crystal Lake area with her parents. Her parents are fighting one night, and by accident her telekinetic powers kill her dad and he drowns in the lake. That’s the new twist for this sequel, a chick with telekinetic powers vs. Jason. When I first saw it I liked the idea, now I just kind of laugh at how lame it is to add to the Friday series.  Well anyway, back to the story…
Since then, Tina’s been seeing therapists, and we see in the beginning she is on her way, with her mom, to see Dr. Crews (played amazingly by Bernie himself, Terry Kiser!). He definitely plays a great asshole doctor who’s more interested in Tina being exploited instead of helping her. I am sure there is money in it for him somewhere, that scheming bastard. Tina, played by Lar Park Lincoln, is super cute. Next door there are a group of teens of course at a summer house. Hmmm, sounds all too familiar. Right away she is the subject of ridicule, but Nick seems like a nice guy.

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One night after a not-so-well moment at the neighbors’ party, she starts to freak out, and tries with her powers to bring her pop back. Instead, Jason who’s been down there since the end of Part 6, comes up instead. Here we go.
I have to admit the makeup effects for Jason look fucking great. However, a part of me thinks a large part of the budget was spent more on that then the killings. I’ll explain further. Jason’s first victims are a few people nearby including Michael, the brother of Nick who’s supposed to be the whole reason for the teens having the house party.

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So she wakes up and of course Dr. Crews thinks she’s nuts and needs to be committed. Tina and her mom freak out. Tina runs away, with the mom and Dr. Crews looking for her.

Meanwhile, this gives Jason plenty of time to kill.  One of my favorite deaths early in the movie is the sleeping bag kill. Classic.
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One of the hotties is played by Elizabeth Katan, who I absolutely loved in Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. Of course she doesn’t last long here. She does, however bang a stoner dude named David. How cool. Of course, he gets killed, too. I have to admit the one-by-one style in this is well done, but the graphic-ness of the kills seems missing, even more so than Part 6! That’s my only big complaint, seriously.

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I’ve called this the beginning of the cheesy era of Jason.  Not that the last one was any less cheesier, you could also call it Extra Cheesy Era of Jason. Even the Jason Ninja-style phenomena makes an appearance in this. That’s when Jason’s there, then he’s gone, and he’s suddenly in another spot that’s almost impossible to have gotten to in a short amount of time. Or maybe he’s part warlock besides just being zombie?
Once everyone is killed off, it’s a big face off between Jason and Tina. I do admit its way more entertaining towards the end with telekinetic powers vs Jason rather than the typical chase the virgin girl around for 20 minutes before the ending.

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But that’s the thing that also is a letdown for me in this sequel, the ending. The house explosion (with Jason in it), he comes back out like a ninja, hardly burned at all, and then Tina’s dad popping out of the dock, strangling JV and taking him back down to his watery grave. Seriously what the hell. No kidding. They really did run out of ideas!

Like I stated previously, at first I liked the new twist with the ESP/Telekinetic stuff, but not so much now.  Also like I said, it’s even less gorier than Part VI and it was directed by a makeup Fx guy!! It may have been because of the PMRC era, cutting the gore out as much as possible. The other reason possibly being too much of the budget going into the telekinetic effects and Jason’s makeup.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS
I already made a lot during this review, but I have more:

Jason’s grave exploding in the opening montage… I think that’s in a trailer somewhere but its here as if it were part of the series.

Nick hung out with a “bad crowd”. Good thing he learned a thing or two from it!

What’s up with the names of the characters using their full names? Like Michael and David. So square. Who wrote this script? This happens again in Jason Goes To Hell.

A lot of Jason face at the end.