DON'T SCREAM! Songs to Keep You Up at Night!

by The Taters

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    Songs to Keep You Up at Night! The Taters have finished our first Halloween CD. Perfect for parties, grave robbing, or any sort of spooky gathering!
    “This demonic disc is an entertaining mix of macabre music. So check out The Taters’ “Don’t Scream!“ You might find it poisonously perfect for your “Monsters’ Holiday”.
    – (Will Phoenix, reviewer)

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    The Taters' Halloween (and other spooky settings) CD, with gorgeous artwork by Phillip Payne, ProPayne Graphics.

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of DON'T SCREAM! Songs to Keep You Up at Night!, Vox Box (Burnt Taters), Strange But True (Burnt Taters), Recess, My First Christmas (with You), Just One Night, Taters PARTY!, and menagerie. , and , .

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We love Halloween music, and most anything Halloweeny (weenie?) so we were very excited to get going on the DON'T SCREAM CD. It had to be done quickly - we had about a month to finish some new songs, do rehearsals, recording and mixing. It's going to come in just in time - hopefully about a week before Halloween if all goes well at the pressing end. This is the first project we've ever done in such a short space of time but Bill McElroy the pro's pro so he pulled it all together for us. Bill has worked with The Taters on every one of their 7 albums over the last few decades, as well as some special projects including the Cocoanut Jewelry jingles heard on TV and radio.

This is our first Halloween-themed album, is a very Richmond/Ashland-centric production. In addition to the three originals from Craig, there is a song from long-time songwriter friend Ira Marlowe, who was based in Richmond for years (the song on the CD "Do the Monster" was written while he was living here). The graphics were done by Phillip Payne of ProPayne Graphics, several of the guest musicians are (or were at one time) Richmond-based, and the CD is opened with a bit from Richmond legend The Bowman Body. It was recorded in Ashland at Slipped Disc Audio, and the CD release party will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

The title of the CD, "DON'T SCREAM!" is taken from an Andrew Gold song, "Don't Scream (It's Only Halloween)", another track on the CD.

The graphics were provided for us by Phillip Payne of ProPayne Graphics here in Richmond, who has done a lot of work with the recent Bowman Body productions.


released October 31, 2015

Recorded in Sep/Oct 2015 at Slipped Disc Audio in Ashland, VA by Spooky Soundsmith Supreme Bill McElroy.

Engineered, mixed & mastered by Bill McElroy
Craig Evans – Vocals, bass, piano & keyboard
Brad Tucker – Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Greg Marrs – Vocals, electric guitars
Chris Mendez – Vocals, drums, percussion

The Hoary Horde of Horns

Chris Watling – Spooky saxophones
Bryce VanStavern – Terrifying trumpets
Stephen Christoff – Scary Saw & Sackbut orchestra

and featuring

Cole Evans – Perilous piano on Do The Monster
Anne Jones – Guest victim on Wolfman Told Me Tonight

Thanks for the blood-curdling cover art by

Phillip Payne, ProPayne Graphics



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Roots-pop: an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country, and Americana, a sound that's been described as "Country roots- pop with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, …a curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles" Billboard magazine calls it "American roots-rock with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities" ... more


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Track Name: On Halloween
On Halloween
(©2015 Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All rights Reserved)

He thought he saw a ghost one night , Or something very frightening
He called his mother, "No", she said, "It must have been the lightning"
But it wasn't like no other lightning He had ever seen
It scared him so because, I think, it came on Halloween

He always tried to ride around the tunnel, Never through it
But Thursday it was late, He was alone before he knew it
The tunnel was the quickest way back home through the ravine
It would have been, except, of course, The night of Halloween

(On Halloween) Give everything a second thought
(On Halloween) Be careful that you don't get caught
You might be safe but maybe not this coming Halloween

He always loved the carnival, The lights, the sounds, the smells
He loved the rides and all the food, The animals as well
He couldn't think of anything to spoil this magic scene
But steer clear of the circus if it comes on Halloween

(On Halloween) Make sure you watch behind your back
(On Halloween) Don't listen to the one-eyed Jack
Be careful to avoid the cracks that come on Halloween

The strangest things you've ever seen
Beware of what those shadows mean
Or you may never reach thirteen
Track Name: Do The Monster
Do the Monster
© Ira Marlowe, Slow Reveal Music, BMI. All Rights Reserved

Trippin’ the light fantastic, elegant and elastic
Here you are, come so far, but it seems you’ve lost your way
Looking to find a sure way, suddenly there’s a doorway
Open wide, step inside, you’ll discover why you came
When you dance into a trance you'll know you've made it
Raise your arms, see what you've created
Do the monster

Shadowy nights and thunder, suddenly makes you wonder
Who you are, what you are is not as clear as it might seem
Suddenly something takes you, trick of the night that makes you
Lose control, scare your soul, feel the future start to change
You can dance as if your life depends upon it
Raise your arms, put it where you want it
Do the monster

'Cause a monster gets what a monster wants, and I want you
Yes, a monster gets what a monster wants, and I want you
I want you…

You've become the one you used to be afraid of
Raise your arms, show 'em what you're made of
Do the monster