Haunted George. Weird George. Uncle Ya Ya. Skullface George. Graverobber Steven. He’s known by many aliases. Haunted George, under his Christian name Steve Pallow, was a member of The Beguiled, Satan's Cheerleaders and The Necessary Evils during the 90’s. Near the new century he retired from society to the Mojave Desert where he spends his time making caskets, collecting exotic roadkill, making podcasts that have to be-heard-to-be-believed and recording nightmarish music.
Exploring the one-man band format out of sheer necessity, he recorded dozens of songs (many of which are abstract/noise recordings under the name Snuff Maximus) on a 1970s era mono cassette recorder with a condenser mic inside. His music largely creepy dirges that call to mind pieces of American folklore, the extraterrestrial, the supernatural and murder. In other words, a BAD TRIP. To date he has released two albums of his home recordings, “Panther Howl” and “Pile O Meat”, on the Hook Or Crook label as well a handful of singles. About two years ago Haunted George decided to add ex-Necessary Evil Jimmy Hole to the “band” and started making more regular live appearances.
His music remained creepy and sinister, though it now had more swing and rocked harder. The decision was made to enter a real studio to put down his latest batch of songs with his new, expanded line up. The result is American Crow. Fifteen tracks dealing with witches, decomposition, murder, death, donkeys, buzzards and roosters. In the hands of lesser talents such subject matter could be perceived as kitchy or contrived but, Haunted George is the real deal. His music is a paranoid and an altogether disturbed aural hallucination; each drum thud the lockstep of a weary fella who's lost himself in the twilight of the uninhabited desert; every space between beats a sparse landscape devoid of humanity, yet rife with fear and exaggerated panic.
This is the only horror rock that matters. “Haunted George’s music rings with a doggerel atmosphere, a recording value that rivals an old beaten transistor, and a mood where getting your soul sucked out of your eye sockets by a roadkill coyote under the spell of a poltergeist might be a good time.” – Victim Of Time “Considering the other-worldly, dramatically sinister persona conjured of his music, it is almost a shame to divulge the real man behind Haunted George. Listening to this album you really want to believe there’s a grizzled Jim Thompson protagonist toiling away as a shut-in one man band somewhere out in the middle of the Mojave Desert. And in fact, that’s mostly actually the case.” – All Music Guide