If you chose B, you probably prefer the music of local horror-punk band DieMonsterDie. The band, known for their heavy thrashing, bloody costumes and special way with balladry, are cleaning out their seasonal closets with the mantra “Out with the old, in with the ... er, dead” by hosting the first Summer’s Dead Festival at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.
The veterans of the tiny niche of horror-punk have steadily gained recognition, says bassist Shane Diablo (Hansen), whose stage name is Meat. “We started out because we wanted to blend the theatrical stuff with the music. We’ve been around for 10 years and have a huge following all over the world because this tight-knit genre of music is so underground. There are kids as far as Russia that love it.” The theatrics, at one time as extreme as hanging a bloody bride on stage, have been toned down through the years. “We’ve been banned from a couple of clubs,” Diablo says. "We put on a bloody good time and sometimes it gets out of control. The [theatrics] were starting to overshadow the music."
So, should you dress up for the shocking sci-fi spectacle that’s arriving just after a full moon? Yes, but no one’s judging and all are welcome, says Diablo. “You can’t go wrong with a good zombie or any type of bloody mess like car accidents, vampire masks and Frankenstein heads. Or, just come as you are.”