I caught up with Black Sabbitch’s drummer and founding member Angie Scarpa as the ladies are about to embark on the first leg of a long awaited tour. Along with bassist Melanie Makaiwi they have been crushing stages for over a decade now leaving audiences feeling full of the power of the songs of Black Sabbath. The tour starts tonight in VA…
2021 TOUR DATES:
7/22 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere tix
7/23 Annapolis, MD – Ram’sHead Onstage tix
7/26 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater tix
7/27 Island Park, NY – Barnum Ballroom tix
7/28 Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House tix
8/13 Santa Cruz, CA – Blue Lagoon tix
8/14 Albany, CA – IVY ROOM tix
8/15 SF, CA – Bottom of the hill tix
8/21 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2021
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.
8/27 Chicago, IL – MOTOBLOT Festival tix and info
9/10 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room tix
9/12 San Diego, CA – WINSTON’S tix
2021 UK TOUR DATES Click for tix to all UK shows
October 7 – O2 The Mill Digbeth, Birmingham, UK
October 8 – O2 Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
October 9 – O2 The Warehouse Leeds, Leeds, UK
October 10 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
October 14 – SUB 89, Reading, UK
October 15 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
October 16 – The Globe Cardiff, Cardiff, UK
October 17 – The Engine Rooms Southhampton, Southhampton, UK
Hi, so it has been a while since we last talked to you there is a couple of newer faces in the group, introduce us to them
So first of all on guitar we have Emily Burton. People know her as the guitarist and founder of the band Fireball Ministry. Emily and I have been friends for over a decade and I had asked her to join the band years and years ago bur she was too busy with her other bands to do it…when the opportunity came for us to get her in the band I jumped at it… secondly on vocals we have Alice Austin. Alice is an amazing artist in her own right, has been in a bunch of Bands, creating original music her whole life. when it came time for us to find a new singer she came in and auditioned and just blew us away. the first show we played with the two of them was actually cal-jam which was one hell of an introduction for those guys
What did you all do to deal with the last year and a half of not being able to tour and get out there?
When the pandemic first started and it shut everything down completely we had just returned from an East Coast tour and we were booked to go to play in the UK and Europe as well as another run across the US…instead we started to do live stream shows from Alice’s backyard. the first one we were actually all wearing masks and standing 10 feet from each other because we were still not even able to really feel safe with just each other. we did a number of these Livestreams from the backyard over the past year and a half and they were great in keeping us connected to our fans, as well as keeping us tight as a band. in that time we put together the show that we’re doing now, which is performing both master of reality and volume four in their entirety
Do you think audiences are going to be even more appreciative now?
I definitely think that is the case. people have been cooped up in their houses for a year and a half and dying to see you live music. as I write this, I’m on my way to our first show back which actually is taking place in Washington DC. I honestly don’t know what to expect but I think that people are raring to go
Getting over to the UK to play and celebrate the 50th anniversary of classic Sabbath albums has got to be something you are really looking forward to
For sure we were definitely looking forward to doing that in 2020 and now that we are getting to do it this year it’s super exciting. playing anywhere in the UK is definitely going to be fun but I think we are a little extra excited to play in Birmingham, the home of Black Sabbath. we actually are learning a couple of very very old songs from before Sabbath even had a record contract to pop out when we’re in Birmingham
Has your audience changed since you started? It seems to me that there is a growing appreciation for classic metal and rock bands that has grown over the past few years with younger people and artists who you wouldn’t expect to be fans
It for sure has…at our first shows our audience was mainly comprised of people who are fans of us as individual musicians and who knew us from our original projects… as well as black sabbath fans etc… now our audience is mainly comprised of people who are Black Sabbitch fans. They know us from our extensive history of touring and our YouTube videos etc. we also are definitely seeing the audience grow younger, in fact the tour we are on right now is mainly all ages shows
Will you be announcing more dates soon?
Yes absolutely. we are already booked well into 2022 and we plan to hit a lot of markets in the US and Europe, where we have never played before
On a last note, tell anyone who hasn’t seen you yet what they can expect from a Black Sabbitch show?
My original intent in forming the band was to try to give myself the experience of seeing Black Sabbath live in 1971 and I think that’s what we try to put across… anyone coming to see us is hopefully getting the live experience of a very early Black Sabbath show.
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