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Mansfields and Carcass rise up from the dead




With two weeks of political attack ads yet to come, now would definitely be the time for Prius and Subaru owners to pick up an "Obama Brought Us Ebola" bumper sticker for that next trip up Ute Pass. The Koch brothers have already bought up a million dollars' worth of Colorado airtime, and they always save the worst for last. Indeed, America's proclivity for embracing postmodern cultural paradigms has virtually ensured ...

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So who all's going to next week's Carcass show at the Black Sheep?

In what's surely one of the venue's biggest booking coups, Britain's recently resurrected grindcore pioneers will be engaging in Halloween night rites that are sure to have ears ringing throughout the holiday season.

Last week, the band released a new video for "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills," which is arguably the best track on last year's Surgical Steel comeback album. Add to that opening sets by a reunited Obituary — the Florida death metal band whose forthcoming Inked in Blood album continues a tradition that began with 1989's Slowly We Rot — as well as San Jose's Exhumed and Baltimore's Noisem, and we're looking at a guaranteed advance sell-out.

And if you prefer local glam-rock over international gore-core, here's a reunion you'll definitely want to know about: The Mansfields will play their first show in five years Saturday at Zodiac. They're also recording a new full-length album, their first in a decade.

Actually, that will also come as welcome news for a fan base that spreads well beyond Colorado Springs. With their endearing combination of New York Dolls-style punk and B-movie rock 'n' roll, The Mansfields exposed themselves to the outside world more than any other local act since, well, anybody.

Over the course of their decade-plus existence, brothers Dave and Doug Mansfield managed to A) tour the U.S. 10 times, B) tour Europe three times, C) release three full-length albums, and D) play nearly a thousand live shows. But really, who's counting? (Actually, Dave Mansfield was, but only because we asked him.)

It didn't hurt that the band was signed to Gearhead Records, which released The Hives' debut album. They got airplay on Steve Van Zandt's Little Steven's Underground Garage, and KROQ deejay Rodney Bingheimer has been a constant champion of both The Mansfields and Dave's subsequent, The Roxy Suicide. Hell, Drew Carey even tweeted about his love for The Mansfields' "Frankenstein Twist," which was right around the time the band called it quits.

Anyway, before this starts sounding like an obituary, let's get back to the reunion. While drummer Tommy Mansfield won't be on board — he completely got off the music-industry treadmill prior to the group's final U.S. tour with The Queers — Doug and Dave should have no trouble picking up where they left off.

"There really isn't some real reason," says Dave of the band's death and resurrection. "Doug and I both felt as though we had taken The Mansfields as far as we could with what we had been doing, musically speaking. But Doug has written a new collection of songs, and it just seemed like a perfect time to follow up the Cramp Your Style album."

You can hear the band play its new material, as well as "The Frankenstein Twist" and other sing-along favorites, this Saturday at Zodiac's Creeptacular! Halloween celebration, which will also feature performances by The Roxy Suicide, The Evilettes, Claire Voyant and more.

Be sure to tune in next week for more Halloween happenings and electoral end-times fun.

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