In the Summer of 2007, a new sound was forged in the gloom filled slums of Everett, Washington. Church For Sinners was formed by brothers, Andy Wylie and Ben Grimm (formerly of Graveyard Shift), as a means to create their take on a genre that had been lying in the underground since it's inception in the early 80's by punk legends, The Misfits. After collecting some of the best musicians in the NW, including Jay Johnson (formerly of Graveyard Shift and Analog Dreamer), Calem Bergemeier (Collapse Of Eden), and Tyler Murphy (River City Rebels and Noreason), the boys began writing what would become their first ep, Making Monsters. Before ever setting foot on stage, CFS had already recieved offers from several labels, one of which was Robot Monster, Inc. After discussing the merits of each label with fellow musicians in the horror scene, the boys decided to go with robot Monster and have been happily working with them ever since.
"MAKING MONSTERS features a heavily trimmed and stripped pop-punk guitar edge combined with Psychobilly bass backings and melodic old school Goth vocals. The album crawls and undulates as each track bursts forth with fright filled slimy joy. The title track alone, with its ripping guitar riff and anguished vocals hearkens back to the ages of Specimen and The Virgin Prunes, making this
album a must buy in my opinion. Creepy to the core, MAKING MONSTERS will indeed leave your playlist haunted with its echoing refrain." - Fangoria Musick review
Only 3 months after their formation, CFS entered Studio 69 to start tracking "Making Monsters", a 7 track ep that would gain the boys international attention and praise. Featuring so
ngs such as "Autopsy Turvy", "Dead To Rites" and live staple "Home Sweet Hell", the ep was a glimpse at a band in it's formative stage. Quickly, the band booked a cd release show in Hollywood
at the legendary Knitting Factory, alongside horror rock icons such as Order Of The Fly, Zombeast and Calabrese. This show was only the 2nd time the band had ever been on stage, and their energy and ambitious performance won over even the most hesitant onlookers. They tore through the set at breakneck speed, mixing raw energy, humor and even tossing candy and condoms out to the crowd, creating an unforgettable show that would leave their name on the lips of the hollywood horror scene well after their departure.
The band didn't slow down in the slightest in the months following their cd release. T
heir willingness to play anywhere, anytime made them a staple in the Washington music sce
ne. After playing numerous shows with legendary acts such as The Meteros, Kat Killers, Nim Vind, Michale Graves, Gorgeous Frankenstein, Bella Morte, and a spirited performance with the Deep Eynde at Seattle's first annual horror convention, Crypticon '08, the boys took their show on the road. After a short run of shows in Washington and Oregon, centered around a radio performance in Portland, OR, the boys hooked up with labelmates, Gruesome Boys, for the self booked 9 date Ghosts Of Autumn Tour. Hitting cities in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada, the tour was a daunting, but successful jaunt for a young band still trying to earn their place. During this time, there were several lineup changes. Tyler Murphy left the group to pursue a career in construction and was replaced by Ryan Hausner, a longtime friend and ex-guitarist for the Seattle power pop group, the Greatest Hits. Ryan stuck with the boys through their first two runs, but shortly after the fall tour, he decided to leave the band. In spite of these changes, the boys persisted and continued playin
g nearly every weekend.
A few months after Ryan's departure, CFS hit the road once again on another self booked west coast tour which they called the Summer Broken Tour. Due to circumstances beyond their control, Gruesome Boys were unable to join them on this tour, leaving the boys alon on the road. They blasted through Everett, Portland, Medford, Hollywood, Tacoma and Seattle, leaving adoring fans begging for more at ever stop. The tour, although a monetary loss, proved the dedicati
on and tenacity of this group of rock n roll soldiers.
Shortly after returning home, the boys jumped into Bad Habit Studios to begin w
orking on their debut full length, "Of Prayers And Pestilence". Produced by friend and Gruesome Boys guitarist, Brent Wilkinson, this 16 track epic is a look at a band coming into it's own and breaking free of all expectations. The boys went into the studio with a clear goal in mind: to create an album that would show their depth and ability while simultaneously ensuring that the band would never be pigeon holed, like so many in the horror rock scene. The album spans many genres including country (When Tomorrow Ends), southern rock (Southern Belle), metal (Seaside Suicide) and of course, th
e gothic punk sound that got them started. The record is huge step forward, both musically and lyrically for the band, covering topics such as religion, hero worship, love, death and longing, leaving the listener not only entertained, but informed. Clocking in at just under an hour, "Of Prayers & Pestilence" will be hitting stores later this year on Robot Monster, Inc.