Spook aims for Cain’s, Rocklahoma in 2019

BY GRANT NEUGIN
Reporter
04/04/2019 09:30 AM
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Spook band members King Arthur, left, Kobe Feeling, Kyle Proctor and Perry Ballou take a break from practicing. Cherokee Nation citizen Kobe Feeling started the band right in 2016 after high school. NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Spook performs live in Tulsa. The metal core band has been performing at bars and music venues such as The Vanguard, Venue Shrine, Ed’s Hurricane Lounge and Bad Ass Renee’s. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TULSA – Spook is a metal core band based in Tulsa, but its roots are in the Cherokee Nation in Pryor.

Cherokee Nation citizen Kobe Feeling started the band in 2016 after high school in Pryor.

The band originally consisted of Kobe and his friend who played drums. The drummer proceeded to ask his high school friend to join Kobe’s band soon after to make a trio. Once Kobe’s band mates graduated high school, they left the band. Kobe, the lead vocalist, ended up recruiting drummer Kyle Proctor, guitarist Perry “Frog” Ballou and bassist King Arthur, also known as Art.

“By the end of 2018, we have played around 50 to 60 shows total,” Feeling said. “There were some weeks where we had to play three shows in one week or even three days in a row. Those were tough on our work schedules, but it was worth it.”

In 2018, Spook performed at the annual Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, which is the biggest music venue it’s played so far. Spook has even opened up for acts such as Smile Empty Soul, a popular band in the early 2000s.

The band also performs at venues in Arkansas and competed in a battle of the bands contest in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The winner got to perform as an opening act for Black Stone Cherry. The band didn’t win, but gained experience, nonetheless, Feeling said.

Spook has been playing in the Tulsa area in recent months, performing at bars and music venues such as The Vanguard, Venue Shrine, Ed’s Hurricane Lounge and Bad Ass Renee’s.

“Record labels have reached out to us, but working with them requires us to pay money up front to get on tours. At the moment, we just want to concentrate on making music and releasing it out on the internet for people to hear,” Ballou said. “We are able to advertise ourselves, and that is what we are doing for the time being.”

Spook members said they make some money playing at bars and music venues, but most of their money is made from merchandise. Bands who play in today’s music scenes must rely on merchandise sales and tours in order to make money, they said.

“We have performed at places where we have been paid a good amount, but the crowd was not in it. Those are the worst shows,” Feeling said. “I prefer playing when the crowd really gets into it when we play. Whether or not we make money at those shows doesn’t matter too much to me as long as it was a fun experience for both the crowd and us.”

In 2019, the band’s goals are to get a bigger stage at Rocklahoma and get a show at the Cain’s Ballroom. Both venues are big in Oklahoma because they premiere some of the best musical talents that are not in the conventional rock genre.

Spook has an EP released on all of the streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. The band does not have physical copies due to convenience and budgeting. The band’s second EP, “Ravenmocker,” will be released on April 6.

For more information about the band or its shows, like the band’s Facebook page.
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