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Sarah ‘Sin’ Blackwood: Last Gasp

The Creepshow’s pint-sized chanteuse opens up about being a woman in the music industry and doing other bands’ laundry.

With all the touring you do with both the band and your solo project, how did The Creepshow get it together to write and record They All Fall Down?

Well, it was actually pretty stressful because during the time we had to write They All Fall Down I was touring with my solo record, my new one, so it was pretty stressful. We were basically writing stuff and sending it back and forth through email. We had five or six days in the jam space before going into the studio when I got back, so we basically took every second of every day to finish everything.

Why was it so important for The Creepshow to move away from the psychobilly/horror punk genre on this album?

Well, I mean, because we’re artists, right, we are musicians and everybody changes. Everybody has to change and develop and do different things otherwise you just kinda get bored of what you are doing. I think it was actually kind of secluding us to certain genres that we love, but at the same time people weren’t giving us the opportunity to do other things. We would want to play with certain bands, but they were like, “You can’t cause you are like a psychobilly band and it doesn’t work, you know?” So we were just like, “We don’t have to be a psychobilly band,” and we aren’t really a psychobilly band, to me it’s more punk rock than anything.

On the album cover of They All Fall Down you are knocking a guy out, is there anything behind that?

No, as far as feminism or gender or anything like that, the artwork has nothing to do with me being like, “In your face, dudes,” or anything, you know. We spent the last four to five years building this thing and during that time there’s been a lot of people that have tried to knock us down, and we’ve also seen a lot of people just give up on their dreams, and that’s kind of what this record is. It’s an in your face to the people who don’t follow their dreams. That’s the idea behind the record; it’s punching doubt in the face.

In general, women have a tougher time in the workplace; do you find it harder to be respected within the music industry because of your gender?

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, and to be 100 per cent honest I really don’t have a hard time with it. Every once in a while something will come up, “Hey Sarah, there’s a magazine that needs to do a photo shoot and can you do it in your underwear?” which is not something the average dude would be asked, but of course I’d be like, “No, that’s stupid. Why would I do that?” But I’ve been getting questioned a lot about females in music and the female side of it and to be totally honest, I really just feel like a regular human being, and I get the respect I feel like I deserve as a human and not a female or a male.

Do you find yourself taking on a “mum” type role while on tour?

Absolutely [laughs]! I’ve been on tour with other bands where they’ve been like, “OK mom” and they’ll totally do that kind of, “It’s OK, Sarah will take care of it.” The van is so dirty I’m going to clean it; I’m going to clean your van and do your laundry. It’s so gross [laughs]. I mean naturally we are women, right, we are tidier, we are more mother like. Our van is pretty immaculate compared to other bands’ vans that I’ve been in. I put the guys in their place. We have rules in the van like no show clothes are allowed in our van. We have a clothesline in our trailer and that’s where they get to put their show shirts. I’m very bossy when it comes to the van [laughs].

They All Fall Down is out now on Hellcat/Epitaph.

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