COCKFIGHT CLUB: Something Old & New

Ken Calloway’s world is full of moonlight and shadows, tombstones and gothic castles, and people who aren’t who they seem.
If you still need a visual aid, you’re in luck.
Calloway’s industrial metal band, Cockfight Club, just released a reissue of its first record, “Uber Guber.” The reissue features the album, along with a few new remixes, as well as an extra disc, full of music videos, live performances and interviews.
It’s on that second disc that you’ll travel into Calloway’s world. The audience travels between a dark, gothic church and a dreary, moonlit graveyard to get to different titles on the disc, and that dark atmosphere is one Calloway made by hand.
“It gives it that extra element of interactive, a little bit of flash, makes it more polished,” Calloway said.

Mixed media
Since the band formed in the early 2000s, Cockfight Club has released two records, first “Uber Guber” and then “Acockalypse Now.”
After running out of copies of his first album, Calloway decided it was time for a reissue.
“I wanted to put as much (on the reissue) as possible,” he said.
The first disc is “Uber Guber,” plus a few special remixes.
German band The Nautilus Project remixed “Memory Leak,” and Calloway remixed “H.P. Lovecraft” to include special audio done by himself and comic book writer Dirk Manning.
The second disc includes interviews with Calloway and guitarist Emo Slayer, as well as live performances of songs like “Vampyric” and “Robot Planet.”
Both of Cockfight Club’s music videos, “H.P. Lovecraft” and “Vampyric,” are on the disc.
“Vampyric” won the Music Video Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Tupelo Film Festival. The video has been more than a year in the making.
Most of the video was shot in November 2008, but thanks to life and work getting in the way, “Vampyric” – and, really, Cockfight Club itself – was shelved for a while.
When Calloway found himself with some free time, he worked on the video, creating the special effects himself. He has what he calls an “unfair advantage,” since he works for a production company. He used the skills he’d mastered there to create the band’s video and to create the visuals on the DVD.

Up next
Though he’s still busy, Calloway is finding more time for Cockfight Club these days.
The Tupelo-based band started as his own solo project, with band members coming and going for Cockfight Club’s live performances. Right now it’s just Calloway and Emo Slayer, but Calloway’s also looking at collaborating with
other Tupelo musicians. Besides, Cockfight Club has a third record to produce.
“We have a half-finished album. It’s been half-finished for quite some time,” he said. “Believe it or not, there will be a third Cockfight Club album in the near future.”
He said he hopes these new musicians, who come from all musical backgrounds, will add different flavors to the group. Calloway hints, though, that the third record will be heavier and more dramatic than the group’s first two releases.
Till then, Calloway is staying busy in other ways. He’s shooting a short horror film, and is interested to see how visuals – like the ones he created for the DVD – can work together with Cockfight Club’s sound.
“The way I see it is, what music I create and what film work I do, it has to be a part of some greater whole,” he said, “saying whatever I want to say in whatever medium I can.”

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal