Creepy Creeps Rule No. 1: Taunt the crowd. While wearing Creepy Creeps chic (mariachi outfits, caveman drag, or spacesuits), the band likes to get a rise out of its fans.
"We heckle them," says guitarist Dave "Creepture" Warshaw. "Every time we play, we explain that this is a dance party. Usually no one dances at the beginning of the show, but by the end everyone goes nuts.... Two of us were in the original [early-'90s] lineup of the Locust."
Creepy Creeps Rule No. 2: Don't touch the dancers. During the eight years they've been playing "creepy surf music," Warshaw says the Creeps have been accompanied by two go-go dancers.
"A lot of times people will try and grab the girls and get stupid," says Warshaw. "But [groping] is not really a smart thing to do; when it gets radical, they get a kick in the head." So, the Creeps now perform with two male "crowd rousers."
"They try and keep the crowd from going awry. There is always some complete rookie who takes things the wrong way. The girls are there to encourage a dance party, not to go home with every drunk asshole who thinks they like them."
Creepy Creeps Rule No. 3: Ignore the digital age.
"We only have vinyl records. If someone wants to buy our music at our shows, they have to go buy a record player. This alleviates the problem with downloading music. It keeps vinyl alive."
Creepy Creeps Rule No. 4: Never go into debt.
"We don't owe anybody anything. If you want to help the band out by putting out our music, fine. Green Door Records and Skateboards helped us with our 7-inch [45 RPM single]. They pressed 600; they got 300 and we split the other 300 with the Widows, who were on the flip side."
The British label Inka put out the Creeps' self-titled 12-inch album. "They put out a limited edition of 500 colored vinyl discs. Only 250 made it to the U.S. Their label is blowing up because of shit like this. They give us our share of records, and then we call it a day. They don't owe us and we don't owe them. People fuck up by owing other people billions of dollars. We're not looking to have billions of dollars."
The Creepy Creeps appear on St. Patrick's Day at the Tower Bar.