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April 15, 2013

Crud to headline ‘Spring Freak’ April 19

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — It’s time to get your freak on.

Local rockers, Crud, are hosting a “freakish” event April 19 that includes live rock ‘n’ roll, sideshow performers and a snake charmer.

With a take on spring break, the band invites everyone to “Spring Freak” this Friday at the Ritz, 24300 Hoover Road. If things get too freaky, the squeamish may need to close their eyes.

“Every Crud show, we try to make it an event,” bassist Dana “Deadly” Forrester said. “I think our fans always look forward to it.”

Thrill seekers can get their freak fix with entertainment from sideshow acts The Revolution Circus, Apocalypse Theatre, Detroit’s own Doppelganger Circus, snake charmer and tarot card reader Shetan Noir, and Gypsy rockers Ichi Zero. Alternative cabaret artists Bride Stripped Bar and hard rockers Thirteen Mile Tragedy are part of the show, as are DJ Moondancer and VJ Piratek.

Adam Arcana, of Macomb Township, is part of the Doppelganger Circus, which he called “A modern-day freak show, very similar to the AMC show called ‘Freak Show.’”

“It’s Cirque du Soleil meets the ‘Addams Family.’ It’s sort of a throwback to the old-time sideshow, mixed with a modern punk rock sensibility,” said the 1993 Warren Mott High School graduate, who started the show with partner Rachel Rampage.

Fire-eating, lying on a bed of nails with a sledgehammer coming down and hammering a nail in the face are among the jaw-dropping, show-stopping moments that make up the act. Lifting weights through fishhooks placed in her eye sockets is one way Rampage wows the crowd.

“A lot of what we do relies on physics and anatomy. We’re shocking and we’re freaky and we try to be a little classy,” Arcana said. “We’re fun for the whole dysfunctional family. You’ll see adults in the audience who have seen everything. Something about seeing this, it’s like they’re nine years old again.”

The Doppelganger Circus performs wherever there is a demand. The performers also made it all the way to season seven of “America’s Got Talent.”

And as the evening’s “Spring Freak” continues, Crud’s show will be the icing on the cake. The band’s music favors an edgy, electronic sound fueled by a subversive, sexy vibe with both male and female voices. On stage, the band doesn’t play — it grinds.

“It’s similar to Rob Zombie,” Forrester, of Ferndale, said. “Crud explores a darker side, in terms of songwriting.”

Fronted by singers Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge, the Orbitsons) and Danielle Arsenault, Crud lets it all out with band members Forrester, singer/drummer James Trunko and guitarist David Black. And yes, it’s the same David Black who, for years, has seduced hard rock fans as a member of the Detroit band Seduce.

“To play with that legend is an honor,” Forrester said. “To have David Black is pretty mind-blowing.”

Crud has toured throughout the United States and has played festivals in England. With the Internet, their music is heard throughout the world, with Russia being the country farthest away with fans.

Hollywood also has been drawn to the group. The band’s songs have been featured on television shows “CSI,” “Burn Notice” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and also on the big screen in the “Sherlock Holmes” movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

“It’s easier to get on TV than on local radio,” Forrester said, adding hearing their music on TV is “pretty exciting. It never gets old. Your heart starts racing.”

Forrester began taking music lessons at age 15 at the former Rock City in Royal Oak, where she’d run into members of the Romantics and Rhythm Corps, which both hailed from Detroit.

“All the local rock stars would hang out,” she said, a thrill for the teenager with purple hair. Another influence was bassist Kim Gordon, of Sonic Youth.

“She really plays like nobody else,” Forrester said. “She showed me you can make the instrument your own. There are no rules. I just play what I feel and try to lock in with the drummer.”

Working well with the drummer in Crud isn’t too difficult, since Forrester and Trunko are married.

Crud is currently promoting its CD “Crud on Monster Island,” available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com.

Doors for “Spring Freak” open at 8 p.m. and ages 18 and older are welcome. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Discounted advance tickets are now available at The Ritz and online at www.showclix.com.

For more information about Crud, visit www.crud313.com. For more information about “Spring Freak” call the Ritz at (586) 756-6140.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.