At the end of last year, Scary Kids Scaring Kids announced a 2020 reunion tour celebrating 15 years of debut The City Sleeps In Flames. With the tragic passing of vocalist Tyson Stevens in 2014, the band recruited former Saosin frontman Cove Reber for singing duties.
This week, SKSK kicked off their reunion run with Secrets and Push Over, the latter of which features Kurt Travis (ex-Dance Gavin Dance) and Thomas Erak (The Fall Of Troy). The band hit the stage for the first time since disbanding following a final tour in 2010.
That tour, which featured Mod Sun on drums and as an opener, wrapped up in Orangevale, California at the Boardwalk in Feb. 2010. On Jan. 13, the band returned to the same stage for their comeback show with Reber.
Earlier this fall, SKSK guitarist Chad Crawford put out a new track, “Loved Forever,” crediting it to the band and premiering it with AltPress on their late frontman’s birthday. Following the song’s release, an agent offered to book shows if they were ready to play them, and they agreed.
Scary Kids Scaring Kids shared some footage of the first show yesterday, writing, “First show back with the fam in 10 years. A lot of emotions, but mostly feeling of love in the room. Thanks to everyone singing their hearts out.”
Check out some more fan-shot footage below.
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Reber and SKSK have known each other since the late 2000s when both were on Warped Tour. Reber was hitching on their bus on the 2009 run and always ready to jump onstage when Stevens couldn’t make a show.
Reber and Scary Kids Scaring Kids keyboardist Pouyan Afkary spoke with AltPress about their longtime friendship, their continued love and respect for Stevens and how paying it forward with help and great songs will make for a quite awesome 2020.
“I think it’s a delicate, very difficult scenario that we’re dealing with,” Afkary shared. “And we want to be respectful toward our brother who is not with us anymore.”
“I think it’s important to acknowledge struggles and challenges that people have,” he continues. “Those kinds of issues certainly are why we decided to disband. I don’t want to be the one that tells his story for him. I think [it’d] just be unfair of me to do so.”
“I love that dude more than anything” Reber adds. “I don’t want his name to be dragged through the mud in any way, shape or form. He might not have been able to be honest with us and allow us to help him, but he showed us who he was on paper and through melody and through his lyrics. We’ll never drag his name because what he gave us was himself. I feel like something like this is an opportunity for people who might need help will get something huge out of this.”
“They’re going to have a representative near the merch area for people to come and speak with [them],” Afkary says. “If they’re having an issue, there are resources. If you’re in the world and you’re struggling, there’s a professional right there. Not just Joe Band Member that has not dealt with addiction, but like a real human over there to deal with this every day of their lives.”
01/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (SOLD OUT)
01/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Press Room
01/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
01/20 – El Paso, TX @ The Green Door
01/21 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
01/22 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Cafe
01/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
01/24 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar