Show Review and Photo Gallery from the final night of The Haxans residency can be viewed here

One of the great things about musicians in your favorite bands is they often do additional projects which gives us as fans another outlet to follow those favorite musicians. Well one of the coolest “projects” to come to life in the last few years is The Haxans . . . labeled as a “Goth-Pop duo”, The Haxans is Matt Montgomery (better known as Piggy D – bass player for Rob Zombie) and Ash Costello, vocalist for rockers New Years Day.

Their 2017 album Party Monsters is a fun, spooky, horror filled album that is a few steps away from their “day jobs” with Rob Zombie and New Years Day but a great album none-the-less and an album you can play from start to finish at any Halloween party. Not having spent a lot of time playing live gigs (obviously due to schedules and then the pandemic), The Haxans are doing a residency at Knott’s Scary farm in Southern California throughout October – every Friday and Saturday night with four 30 minute sets (8:00-9:00-10:00-11:00) on the Calico Mine Stage inside Knotts Scary Farm (also playing on Halloween night – Sunday October 31).

Saturday night October 2 as advertised, The Haxans played their four sets to a packed and lively Knott’s Scary Farm. In addition to Montgomery (who plays guitar and shares vocals in The Haxans) and Costello (vocals), the hard-hitting Wade Murff was on drums who if you are a Misfits fan you know exactly who Murff is as he is the drummer for Misfits guitarist Doyle’s solo band.

Each 30-minute set was introduced by a ghostly ringleader and the band came out and jammed a perfect mixture of original songs and spooky covers themed with monsters and evil thoughts – perfect for this setting and the Halloween season. Montgomery who plays bass with Rob Zombie, shows he is quite a shredder on guitar with the Haxans. Thick-riffage and he has the guitar player moves and awkward solo-faces down pat . . . and he also has a fantastic singing voice as he shares vocals on some of the songs with Costello. With his take on a fu-manchu mustache and chin strip he has a Steven Tyler/Joe Perry look going on while performing.

Ash Costello is a suburb vocalist and has a great stage presence. Often interacting with the crowd to get them to move their hands and hips to their infectious songs, she had everyone’s eyes glued to the stage. The interaction between Costello and Montgomery was seamless like they have been playing together forever. Holding down the beat in the back was Wade Murff – a hard hitting and animated drummer perfect for this gig.

Some of the cover songs played included KISS’ “Creatures of the Night”, Danzig’s “Long Way Back from Hell”, AC/DC – “Highway to Hell”, Type O Negative’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”, Misfits “Skulls” and many more. Their original song “Little Black Goat” was surely a highlight of the night. Some of the fans watching the show certainly knew who these performers were, and others had no clue but all collectively enjoyed the show and this band is absolutely the perfect addition to the Knott’s Scary Farm experience.

Catch The Haxans through October on the following dates:

Friday, 8th | Saturday, 9th | Friday, 15th | Saturday, 16th | Friday, 22nd | Saturday, 23rd | Friday, 29th | Saturday, 30th | Sunday, 31st

Tickets for Knott’s Scary Farm can be purchased here.