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Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Also known as SKSK
Origin Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Genres Screamo (early)
Indie rock
Years active 2002–2010
Labels Immortal, RCA
Former members
Peter Costa
Justin Salter
James Ethridge
Tyson Stevens
Chad Crawford
DJ Wilson
Steve Kirby
Pouyan Afkary

Scary Kids Scaring Kids was an American post-hardcore band formed in Gilbert, Arizona in 2002. The band's name comes from the Cap'n Jazz song of the same name.[1] The group disbanded following a farewell tour in early 2010.[2]




Early years, After Dark and The City Sleeps in Flames (2002–2005)

The band - which originally was composed of Tyson Stevens on bass (later to be strictly the vocalist), guitarists Chad Crawford, DJ Wilson (later to switch to bass) and Steve Kirby, Pouyan Afkary on keyboards and drummer Peter Costa - recorded their self-financed debut EP, After Dark, while they were still in high school.[1] After Dark was eventually re-released by Immortal Records in 2005. After nearly disbanding, they decided to pursue the band full-time, hosting carwashes and taking out loans to finance their tours.
The band was then signed to Immortal Records, where they released their first full-length album. Entitled The City Sleeps in Flames, the album was recorded during February and March 2005 with producer Brian McTernan, and released on June 28, 2005. The album gained moderate success and spawned the successful singles "The Only Medicine" and "My Darkest Hour" which were made into music videos.

Self-titled album (2006–2007)

Scary Kids Scaring Kids, released on August 28, 2007 and produced by Don Gilmore (who previously worked on Dashboard Confessional, Linkin Park, and Good Charlotte records) in North Hollywood, California, was the result of much consideration and effort by the band, even though they had spent most of the year living on the road.[citation needed] The band specifically wanted the record to be a composed album, rather than a collection of songs thrown together. This is evidenced by transitions between songs, a prelude and an interlude, as well as references throughout the album to previous tracks on the record.[citation needed]

Lyrically, the record was a quest for the truth in its most organic form. "It's all about reaching deep within and pulling out who you truly are", Pouyan explains.[citation needed] The record encompasses several disparate yet linked themes, from retaining and appreciating individuality to standing up for what one believes in, and not backing down.[citation needed] "I think we really had time to make this album sound exactly the way we wanted to and focus on every track individually", explains Pouyan. "In the past, we've been so limited with time, but with this disc we could really focus on the small details that made a big difference to us."[citation needed] Pouyan spoke of the album saying, "We were so proud of this album that we had no other name for it. This is what Scary Kids is all about to this day."

In January 2008, the band was awarded a Libby Award by PETA for Best Newcomers. Scary Kids Scaring Kids received the award for their work in speaking up against KFC for the PETA's 'I Am Not A Nugget' campaign. Although, all members admit to not being vegetarian and frequently indulge in meat of all animals alike. [3]

Change in labels, work on a follow-up album and break-up (2008–2010)

Scary Kids left Immortal Records before it collapsed and signed their major label deal with RCA records. During their fall tour with Anberlin, Straylight Run, and There For Tomorrow, the band announced they will be working on their third studio album at the tour's end. The band has said the album should be out in October 2009, though due to the band's disbandment, it is unknown what will happen to the recorded tracks for the album.

Lead singer Tyson took some urgent personal time off in the last 4 days of the 2009 Warped Tour and the band had Brandon Bolmer of Yesterdays Rising, Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate, Cove Reber of Saosin, and Jonny Craig of Emarosa filling in on vocals for the rest of the tour.[4]

On November 30, 2009 Pouyan posted an official statement addressing the end of Scary Kids. Due to mutual agreement the band has chosen to go their separate ways. [5]The band did their last tour from January to March of 2010.[6]

From Pouyan's blog:

POSTED BY Pouyan ON November 30 2009

First of all we would like to thank everybody who has supported Scary Kids Scaring Kids since the moment we decided to pick up our instruments and leave our homes to travel the world. We have created a strong kinship with our fans, which are much more than people of the same interests; you've become our family away from home.

To get it out of the way quickly, yes we are breaking up and yes we will be embarking on our final tour in the month January. We are doing this to say goodbye in person to all the friends that have ever supported us and we’ll be making it even more special by touring with some of the bands that have become brothers to us on the road. The reason we are ending the band is very simple. We created this band together as juniors in high school and though we’ve been able to grow together for many years, inevitably we have also grown apart. We’ve had some very serious difficulties over the years as a lot of you can probably relate to as well. Life throws us all something different and we’ve decided that the best thing for us personally is to end the band on a positive note and start new chapters in our individual lives. We don’t want this thing that we've created to become the source of ultimate negativity and we’d rather remember the great times we've had together and move forward knowing we tried our best and had more good times than bad.

James Ethridge, the band's drummer in the last few years, didn't take part in the band's farewell tour in 2010. He was replaced by Derek Smith, who opened with his new hip hop act Mod Sun, as well as playing drums for Scary Kids. The album that the band was recording in 2009 will not be released to the public due to their breaking-up before putting vocals to the recorded music. The band played their last date on March 6, 2010 at Soma in San Diego, California. Among the supporting acts on the band's farewell tour were Dance Gavin Dance, The Sleeping, Saosin, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster and Mod Sun.[7]

Band members

Final line-up

  • Tyson Stevens - lead vocals (2002–2010), bass (2002–2004)
  • Chad Crawford - rhythm & lead guitars, vocals (2002–2010)
  • Pouyan Afkary - keyboards, synth, piano, programming, backing vocals (2002–2010)
  • Steve Kirby - lead & rhythm guitars (2002–2010)
  • DJ Wilson - bass (2004–2010), guitar (2002–2004)
  • Derek Smith - drums, percussion (2010)

Former members

  • James Ethridge - drums, percussion (2007–2009)
  • Justin Salter - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2005–2007)
  • Peter Costa - drums, percussion (2003–2005)


Albums & EPs



Year Title Album
2005 "The Only Medicine" The City Sleeps In Flames
2006 "The City Sleeps In Flames"
"My Darkest Hour"
2007 "Faces" Scary Kids Scaring Kids
"Snake Devil"
"The Deep End"


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