Several years ago my brother Dave ran a record label called Spider Bite records. He put out a bunch of albums by guys lilke The Guts, Thee Monkey Butlers and My Magnificent Machine. He also put out a small run of orange wax 7″ records of a good friend of ours, Dan Blakeslee. Dan may be the hardest working man in the New England rock scene. He writes, performs, records, plays all the instruments, does the art for his own very elaborate flyers and promotes the hell out of his own shows, of which there are many. Simply put: Dan kicks ass.
Every Halloween, Dan goes undercover, comes up with a series of wigs, masks and disguises as Dr. Gasp and does a series of shows between Maine and Massachusetts. His usual deadly serious set is replaced by a set of original and very silly songs about Halloween. He has one about bobbing for apples, one about the local legend of Witchtrot Road, one about a wax museum (with a reference to Scissorfight’s singer, Iron Lung) and one about me, my brother and all the people who put the resources together to have that 7″ made. If you know the right people, you can still probably land one of your own orange wax 7″‘s with a hand silk screened sleeve, but for the rest of you, you can bag your own copy of the expanded CDs (or the MP3’s, individually).
Here’s Doctor Gasp’s Myspace page where you can hear some of his Halloween songs. And below is Dan picking out the perfect pumpkin.