The Earwigs August 1990 - April 2012
The Earwigs were a self described "alienoise destruction musick' band formed by Charles F. Styles otherwise known as The Bizarre Alien, Bizarre Charlie Alien and so forth while visiting his then best friend for a week in Spokane,Washington during late August 1990 . The very 1st recording was done on a boom box using an electric guitar, vocals and cowboy a suitcase for drums . The inspiration for this lo-fi 5 minute recording were groups such as Impetigo, Nuclear Death, GG Allin, Ramones, Misfits, Minch, Anal Cunt, and some others . This recording was also done as a "I am gonna do a band even if it's just me!" . A few days later after many name ideas were thought up, the name The Earwigs was chosen as Alice Cooper was Charles' biggest hero at the time and as The Earwigs was the name of Alice Coopers 1st band . Years later there would be alot of stress and friction in regards too discovering many, many other bands also called Earwig, Earwigs, The Earwigs,.... The name was changed 1 night in the mid 90's too Church of The Rising Xenomorph and was vowed too be only 'total noise' afterwards! This lasted for about 2 hours and The Earwigs were back . During the later 90's B.C.A started a 1 man grind/metal/punk band called Conflagration and recorded 1 tape at Shoga Studio( The Earwigs "studio") which became a split tape with The Earwigs . Conflagration's side was entitled "The Great Fire!"Lp and The Earwigs"Neu Spokane", a near 30 minute Whitehouse style power electronic piece slamming on Spokane,Washington with loud ranting vocals and buzzing noises . The story behind Conflagration is revealed that The Earwigs were bored with doing noisecore, grind/noise and total noise and were going too do grind/gore/metal in the vein of his all time favorite grind/horror/gore/metal/death band Impetigo that he actually had wanted too do in the 1st place but lack of equipment, talent, no band members and so forth resulted in The Earwigs early sound . After the recording, B.C.A. changed his mind and called the band Conflagration after the NON song . The Earwigs continued too do several tapes and many split tapes with bands such as Pants-O-Rama( this improv. garbage band also included Mike Scientist from Ataxia(now Planar Defecs), Ben L. Robertson and 2 Lady friends! ), Naked Insects, Glog, Sonic Disorder, Mustard Slop, Last Remaining Pinnacle, Ataxia, Bete Noire, Carnal Hedon Coitus(CHC), and others! There were also many compilation tape appearances as well as some video work with some stuff appearing on the Youtube channel much later on . The Earwigs 1st performance was in B.C.A. and Adam(Moth)'s living room in their apartment one summer in 1994 that resulted in 2 people watching and a shelf nearly collapsing on him while he did noise utilizing a Rapman keyboard and microphone with an echo board(???) . A funny note is a member of the local band Civilized Animal was there but left too go "smoke a bowl" . This recording appears on an early recording and is one of the WORST "live" shows to date . There includes a Non-type "cover" and much lo-fi noise . The Earwigs 1st official show was in 1994 in Cleveland,Ohio with Pile of Eggs and Apartment 213 . B.C.A. harassed Steveggs(P.O.E.) nonstop too play a set and then it happened! The "band" was B.C.A.(vocals), Roach(bUNG International - ), Billy Nocera(Stupidity Records/Be A Freak Records now Razorback Records - drum machine ), Mike Duncan( Black Mayoniasse - bass), Steveggs( screaming and running around ) and Food Fortunata( Sockeye - guitar and horrible vocals ),.. this was also the day Sockeye's "Reatreds HISS past my window" Lp came out and when we met Food at the Y.M.C.A. where the show was being held, he walked up too us and gave us each an Lp! The Earwigs 2nd "real" show was at The United Westminster Church in 1996 and they played several more shows there through the next several years till shows stopped being set up there . Many shows with bands like The Fumes(Spokane,Wa.), Intafada, Needles, Fortune Cookie, Blood in 6th Gear( now BruZed ), Ataxia, Earthwyrm and others! Since the beginning, B.C.A. has felt there has been a "curse" with The Earwigs . The reason being has been nonstop problems though the years! Equipment problems, pedals suddenly NOT working at all when they did at home, near fights with people, the fear of playing in front of people, embarrassment due too stuff not working, and many other problems . At one particular show, he could not get one of his keyboards too work at all and this resulted in him throwing it off a table onto the floor, then stomping on it and smashing while yelling at the top of his lungs . It turns out it DID work but was not set to the correct program . This resulted in an oath too not ever smash any instruments ever again . As the years went by B.C.A. dropped his 'hardline' lifestyle and began drinking beer . Finding out that alcohol helps with loosening up nerves, he would drink before playing a set . Unfortunately all this has done is made him a fool . After 4-5 shows in a row, he told friends, "If i have too drink a bunch of beer just too make me feel more loose and not nervous, this isn't worth it and i am NOT gonna play ANY shows! I would rather be sober and have a natural high " . The very last show on April 21st( 3:00 a.m. at a friends house in his living room ) was yet another drunken noise set . The Earwigs have quit many times . In 1998 B.C.A. told pen pals The Earwigs were DEAD . 2 weeks went by then a phone call from an old friend( Rev. Ogre Snot-Gurgle/Fecal-Cide, God's Favorite Band, Fecal-Matter Discorperated ) called and went on and on how The Earwigs "can't quit!" The band came back the same day . The 2nd too last show was April 12th 2011 with Crank Sturgeon, Pop Culture Rape Victim, Ritual Hate( B.C.A. also did guest vocals for a few minutes! Our sets are also coming out as a split cdr this year! ),and James Trash & Jim Sparklegirl . James Trash and B.C.A. also did a noise/power-electronic set under the name Die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that night! The set by The Earwigs was dedicated too his best friend Michael Daymude who had passed away in early March of that year . This line-up included Jarrett Richie( a.k.a. Egomon from The Cindy Margolis is Hot Band) on home made noise machine and Kai( Takedown UAV - now under a new name ) also on home made noise/sounds with B.C.A. on guitar,vocals and noise . In early April 2012 The Earwigs were invited too play a show with Japanese legends Acid Mother's Temple, with locals Space Movies and Hooves and another band called Melting Paraiso UFO . Unfortunately it would be too late for B.C.A. too get that night off but long story short he got a ride and made it too the show only too learn that it had been shut down during the set by Acid Mother's Temple . Originally AMT was going too play 1st and leave early too get too their next show but decided too stay the night! The Earwigs then were going too try and play an 'unplugged' set just using a mega mouth warper and it was decided it could happen if everyone who had stuck around agreed too a 7 minute set! Going next door to the Rainbow Tavern, B.C.A could not get anyone too answer and decided "that was it" and left in rage! 2 people working at the tavern overheard various people talking about the show getting shut down and offered the bands too play another time . If it had been earlier, The Earwigs could have played after all but it was not too happen! After much talk, The Earwigs played an hour long set right around the corner in a friends living room! The set consisted of total noie, several covers( GG Allin, Dokken, Color Me Badd,etc.), tributes too Johnny Cash, Crystal Skull( leader/villain form the Italian film The Raiders of Atlantis ), a 20th anniversary love song too Gynger Alien, and 2 long noise rock songs with B.C.A on noise machine and Peter ??? on drums that were incredible and unlike anything The Earwigs had ever done! This show also resulted in alot of ridiculous hilarious semi-drunken ranting, freak-outs, rolling arund on the floor, petting a pitbull during the show, getting many high fives and many folks yelling along and manuy laughs and a great time! Unfortunately, this set that was videotaped was NOT to be! The camera, tested several times that day before did not record at all! There was and is 0 audio for this set either! The end of the video had interviews with everyone and their opinions on the show which was not too be . The next day B.C.A. made Egomon an official member of the band and as a "revenge" for the show not being able too be recorded made up for it by recording a 60 minute tape! B.C.A. on noise and vocals and Egomon on noise machine . The last 20 minutes of the tape is just B.C.A. doing total shit/noise/freak noisecore with a previously thought not too be working G-Zilla Noise Machine built by ShNon! The results of this being one of the last recordings by The Earwigs! April 23rd B.C.A is at work after a terrible weekend that also included his bicycle tire going FLAT on the way too work, the camera STILL not working even after testing it numerous times, learning that his lent out NEW Dr. Boss drum machine was BROKEN, losing the new issue of Maximum rock & roll he recieved from a friend( this was found in the back seat of the car sunday afternoon!) and some personal STUPID bullshit occurring that will not be shared here amongst other crap! At work all night the voices came back too just QUIT and he thought about it quite a bit, in fact more than usual . At first he laughed it off but later after riding his bike home, he got online and announced THE EARWIGS August 1990 - April 2012 . Rest in Space . And there you have it fiends . The bullshit is over, the stress is ending and the sadness is tearing at me like a lost friend or love . For The Earwigs, B.C.A. and official and unofficial members,.... Adam Larson(Moth), Shaun Elliot( ShNon ),Mike Daymude(Argo X), Jarrett Richie(Egomon), Steveggs, Billy Nocera, Roach, Mike Duncan, Food Fortunata( Dave Schall ), and everyone who supported the Alienoise Destruction Musick, thank you! Stay sick, tale scare and as always KEEP THE FILTH!!!!!! Gynger Rules!!!
KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES!!!!!!!!! Charles F. Styles a.k.a. Charles The Bizarre Alien. Earth. April 23rd 2012 .