Sunday, April 6, 2008

A "Creature Feature" Feature

Amanda has been dabbling more in a comic book style of art lately where she is drawing stories in panels. A lot of them make absolutely no sense to me whatsoever but then again, I'm old so that's to be expected! Some of her ideas she gets from whatever songs she happens to be listening to as is the case in the above video. The song that she is doing the drawing for and which is playing in the background is called "Aim For the Head" by Creature Feature, a band that is, in their own words, "an outlet for the imaginations of a couple of movie-mad fiends".

Creature FeatureHandsome gentlemen in a creepy kinda way, aren't they? The band which was formed on Halloween - of course! - has been described as "a band that forces you to remember why you used to sleep with the lights on" and is comprised of the Los Angeles duo of Curtis RX on guitars & vocals and Erik X on keyboards. As a band that specializes in "the macabre, the hidden, the whimsical, the concealed, the nightmarish, the unseen, the morbid, the unexplainable, the ghoulish, and the unfathomable" they are right up Amanda's alley and have become the inspiration for a lot of her recent artwork. After all, who doesn't enjoy a good scary story?

Their debut CD, which contains ten tracks of songs which really appeal to fans of Edward Gorey, Edgar Allan Poe, Tim Burton and Danny Elfman as well as classic horror and sci-fi movies, is titled The Greatest Show Unearthed. The CD has been touted as "a gleefully ghoulish set of goth-rock tunes that mix pop hooks with horror-movie atmospherics" complete with "the ultimate combination of slinky, carnival-esque keyboards and raw, sexy guitar riffs." I'm actually starting to kind of like it!

The Greatest Show Unearthed CDBecause Amanda tends to play the music over and over, especially while sketching out some new artwork and we live in a very small house where there's no escaping whatever music happens to be playing unless one or the other of us is wearing headphones, I've had the opportunity to listen to some of Creature Feature's music and there are several songs that definitely remind me of the soundtrack to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - especially the songs "A Gorey Demise" and "Such Horrible Things". The title track sounds somewhat like a dark and eerie carnival that would fit nicely in a small town in Maine in one of Stephen King's stories - scary things lurk around every corner and you fully expect the carnival barker to be nothing more than a demon with mayhem on his mind. I would suggest you stay away from the cotton candy and the games of chance!

The Darkest Show Around by Art MunkeyThe Darkest Show Around,July 2007, by Art Munkey
based on the song The Greatest Show Unearthed

Ah well, and to think that my parents shook their heads in despair when I listened to the music of Elton John or Led Zeppelin ... ha!
Anyhow, for those interested in seeing the first page of the comic of Amanda's efforts in the video above where she is working on the second and third panels on the second page, click on the picture below for a bigger view of the completed version and don't forget to watch out for flesh-eating monsters!

Comic based on Aim For the Head by Art MunkeyShould you like to listen to a little bit of Creature Feature, allow me to feature a video of their song, "Buried Alive", the only video released from The Greatest Show Unearthed. If you listen closely to the lyrics you'll definitely pick up on shades of Edgar Allan Poe in this song. Catchy, isn't it?


  1. Anonymous1:43 PM EDT

    amanda told me to comment. so i'm commenting. XD

    nice post. creature feature's a good band though i can't say i've ever played them over and over again, driving my parents to the brink of total insanity. :D

  2. Amanda is amazingly talented. I am in awe of her talent. I truly hope she never stops drawing and creating - I honestly believe it could take her far. She has a gift.

  3. LOL I used to play The Beatles over, and over, and over and.... you get the picture.

  4. I was gonna say "At the risk of sounding like my mother" -thought about that and then decided oh hell, I sound like my mother more and more all the time so why change now. Sorry to say, it's definitely NOT my genre -either for easy (?) listening or viewing purposes. Amanda's cartoons this time left me totally in the dark too except for maybe the very last frame. I think I could figure out the word there. LOL The music, hair, clothing of today's artists (i.e. musicians mainly) tend to leave me way confused -not a difficult thing for me to be in that state much of the time any way, I know.

  5. I didn't like the music, but I love Amanda's art.

  6. I might have to sleep with the light on tonight...she is one terrific artist though...whatever
    inspires her she is awesome..

  7. Anonymous9:46 PM EDT

    I'm one of Amanda's friends and she said to comment, so I am. ^-^ I absolutely ADORE Creature Feature. They inspire me to do a lot of the art that I do, and inspire a lot of the songs I write for my band. =^-^=

    Poison kisses <333

  8. Anonymous2:46 AM EDT

    Has Amanda ever heard of Johnny the Homocidal Maniac? She seems to be creating a whole new version of him with her art. I'd be scared if I was you Linda

  9. Anonymous12:10 PM EDT

    I'm not overly fond of the music, but I love the video of the creative process at work. That is just too cool!

  10. Amanda is a so creative!
    I agree with Misty that her drawing talent will take her places in the art world.

    I really couldn't get into the music.

  11. I truly enjoyed the music and then Amanda's cartoon was totally LOL. It reminded me of a day when some cemetery plot salespeople came to the door only to be told.

    "Not needed. We eat our dead."

  12. I think it is so cute that Amanda's friends are commenting. I love to see kids writing and being creative.

  13. Tell Amanda , my foot is ready to kick her up the ass :)

    You know what I know, that she knows :)


    and this comic looks superb.

  14. PS You have an award to collect m'dear. x

  15. Anonymous7:36 PM EDT

    GAH! sorry, but comparing The Greatest Show Unearthed to Steven King bugs me, since I just re-read my all time favorite book Somthing Wicked This Way Comes. it's by Ray Bradbury and amazing and pretty much just like the song. the big things in the book and the song is thrides on the merry-go round and the evil mirror maze. Sorry bout this stupid comment I just got in the habbit of reading that book while listening to Creature Feature and I matched everything up. hahaha

  16. Hi Christina,

    I mentioned Stephen King simply because his earlier stuff used to scare the bee-jeebers out of me and hence I relate a lot of creepy stuff to him.

    I haven't read "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in years and years but I may have to read it again based on your comment.

    Just remember - I'm old and this is one of my 15-year old's favorite bands so forgive me if I "don't get it" a little bit!


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