WANT TO GO?
With Miniature Giant and Calendars and Kerosene
WHERE: The Sound Factory, 812 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-342-8001 or www.soundfactorywv.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. --When you hear Renfields singer and rhythm guitarist Vincent Renfield talk about his band, The Renfields, you hear how important horror movies and punk rock are to him.
For the uninitiated, the horror movie-inspired, Ramones and Mummies-influenced band, which has an elaborate backstory, dresses up as monsters for live shows and loathes breaking character. It didn't at its first practice over a decade (and many undead members) ago or its first show in 2002, but at a recent interview, fresh from a photo shoot and ready to talk about its soon-to-be-released record, "GO!" the band slipped a little bit.
While zombie Vincent, mad scientist Dr. Herbert Von Renfield IV, mummy Dick Ramsses, mongoloid The Fiend and werewolf Lucio, were in costume, the varying accents and characters seemed distant, as the members talked candidly about the band over the years: the highs and the lows, the movies and the punk rock.
The Renfields feel like they're better than ever. These days, things are pretty good, but such was not always the case.
"I get an idea and think it's the greatest idea in the world, and sometimes no one else does," said Vincent, who recalled "sitting around watching horror movies one day" and dreaming up the concept of The Renfields.
"That day, I said, 'We're all gonna paint our faces like pumpkins and be called The Renfields, and I wrote these five songs, and let's do it, and we have a show next week.'
"And everyone quit."
It wouldn't be the last time a character in the band would be killed off.
Vincent started the band as a bedroom studio project in 2001 with a guitar, 4-track, drum machine ("the Invisible Man") and samples from the movies he wrote songs about. In the years since, he has kept the band together with help from his friends.
"A lot of times it wasn't me keeping the band together," Vincent admitted. "Who knows what would've happened if the right people hadn't been there to pick up the flag and go with it when I had to put it down for a while?