"We already had the costumes," Jouba said. "It was very convenient."
The band's music is like something inspired by a Captain Morgan's rum commercial or pirated from an indie version of a Hobbit movie. The crew frequently sings about zombies, sea monsters, revenge and piracy, among other things. The Dread Crew is loud, spectacularly weird and doesn't take itself seriously -- at all.
"Anything can happen at a show," Cordwain said. "We can do anything from backflipping off the stage to loincloth shows to lighting the drums on fire and smashing instruments."
"It depends on what the venue allows," Jouba said. "Whatever the most thing they allow, we try do something more extreme."
Audience participation is welcome, though entirely optional.
"A lot of people show up in full pirate garb," Cordwain said. "We've had crowd surfing and moshing and audience members on stage performing songs with us."
The Dread Crew doesn't get to the East Coast much.
"It's hard to get over there," Cordwain said. "We have to make a lot of money for it to be worth the plane tickets."
The Dread Crew is playing east of the Mississippi over the next week because of some convenient scheduling. The band is booked to play the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wis., this weekend and Labor Day weekend.
"So, we have this week in between where we're just sitting around," Cordwain said.
It made sense to try to pick up a few shows in the neighborhood, which apparently includes Chicago, Charleston and Silver Springs, Md.
After that fair, the band will make its way back to California where it will play some of its usual clubs and festivals.
"We stay pretty busy," Cordwain said. "We're playing the Vista Viking Festival next month."
"And competing in the archery and ax-throwing competitions," Jouba added.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.