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click to enlarge Come on  do these guys look like Satan worshippers to - you?
  • Come on do these guys look like Satan worshippers to you?

Zach Tipton, the lead singer for Moros Eros, swears his band isn't dressed in elaborate robes, quoting Aleister Crowley and chanting in dead languages before each show.

The consistent Satan name-dropping in the band's debut I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright was "expressing a dark idea or obstacle in the way of moral development," Tipton says.

If you need more proof, check this out: Moros Eros started as a dance band named Midnight Glory.

"The name was not my idea," Tipton says. He wasn't too crazy about the band's sound, either.

It's a bad sign when the group itself doesn't like its name and is tired of its sound. So, the band added bassist Deejay Schulz, got rid of its female singer and switched the group's name to In Vitro. The new sound wasn't so much something to dance to, as it was something to contort to.

From there, In Vitro shopped a demo, and eventually it was picked up by the Chicago-based Victory Records. But the name, the band soon learned, already was taken by a French act. The label suggested the new name, Moros Eros.

Moros' sound think Murder by Death getting the living crap beaten out of it by At the Drive-In has the sort of knee-jerkiness to it that makes for an entertaining show.

"I kinda freak out on stage," Tipton admits.

Like an excited singer, though, he says. Not Linda Blair.

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Moros Eros with Casket Salesmen

theElement, 1626 S. Tejon St.

Monday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5 at the door; call 640-6912 for more information.

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