We are unbelievably approaching our second anniversary. I figured the novelty would wear off in a few months but here we are. So to celebrate, we are holding a party on the afternoon of Sunday, December 19th at the Echo. In truth, we are crashing CROM's party but those guys will never notice. We're particularly proud that all four bands are local and represent a variety of sounds. It also feels right that the first band we ever interviewed, IT'S CASUAL, is on the bill. So we've heard complaints from a lot of the youngsters that there's not enough All Ages shows - check. And we've heard people say there should be more metal shows at the Echo - check. And a few of you have said no metal show is complete without BBQ out back - check. So we hope all your Xmas wishes are coming true. Click the most excellent poster to buy tix. $2 off at the door if you bring a canned good because we care a lot. Let's party.
Yes, in case you're wondering, that is a depiction of a Krampus:
Krampus is a mythical creature. In various regions of the world – especially Austria and Hungary – it is believed that Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during theChristmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. Due to German and Austrian influence, the myth of Krampus is also prevalent in Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and northern Italy.
The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching – corporal punishment with a birch rod – by Krampus, especially of young girls. Images of Krampus usually show him with a basket on his back used to carry away bad children and dump them into the pits of Hell.
Modern Krampus costumes consist of Larve (wooden masks), sheep's skin, and horns. Considerable effort goes into the manufacture of the hand-crafted masks, and many younger adults in rural communities compete in the Krampus events.
In Oberstdorf, in the alpine southwestern part of Bavaria, the tradition of der Wilde Mann ("the wild man") is kept alive. He is like Krampus in that he is dressed in fur and frightens children (and adults) with rusty chains and bells, but has no horns, and is not an assistant of Saint Nicholas.