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"Long friendship forms strong bond for Tacoma band"

A strong band is based as much on personalities that mesh well as it is on common musical tastes. The four members of De-krep-it have known each other since they were teenagers, a factor that works well for the Tacoma heavy-metal band.

Drummer Corey Stanton, singer T.J. Cornelius and guitarist Haus Herrington met each other while attending Mount Tahoma High School. Stanton knew a girl who urged him to meet her friend, Paul Brown. Stanton went to a party and the two jammed for 30 minutes. “It was love at first song,” Stanton joked.

Brown played guitar, but switched to bass. Nine years ago he, Stanton and Herrington formed De-krep-it. Herrington came up with the name after reading the Dean Koontz novel “The Bad Place,” in which the author described a cabin as “a decrepit place.” The phrase stuck in Herrington’s head, and he altered the spelling for the band name.

Herrington was really into punk rock, and noted his interest in metal came from hearing Stanton play Slayer and Pantera covers.

The band played instrumentals at first. When they decided to add lyrics to their materials, they shared vocal duties, with Stanton doing most of the singing. “I did not think my pretty choir voice worked well for the material,” said Stanton, who sang in choirs at Mount Tahoma.

They found a lead singer who had a wife and children. He eventually left to spend more time with his family, but still hits some of the band’s shows.

They brought in another singer, who eventually left.

“We tried to find the piece we were missing,” Stanton said of the search for the right vocalist.

They found him in their old friend Cornelius. He had hung around with the band during their formative stage; in fact, their original practice space was in the basement of his mother’s house.

Cornelius moved to Arizona four years ago. He returned last year and joined De-krep-it in May.

Herrington was impressed that Cornelius had a notebook of lyrics he had been working on for years.

The band recorded demo CDs in 2002 and 2004. They had recorded songs with their previous singer in late 2006. They stripped the vocals and Cornelius and Herrington wrote new lyrics. Cornelius went in the studio to record new vocals and lyrics over the existing musical tracks. The result is a five-song demo CD they plan to release early this summer.

“I think the band really shines now that we are writing again,” Herrington remarked. Brown writes what he considers traditional metal riffs, while he describes Herrington’s contributions as more of “the off-time, crazy stuff.” Stanton does much of the arrangements and Brown does some vocal arrangements on the new songs. Cornelius is writing most of the new lyrics.

“T.J. is definitely graphic with his lyrics,” Herrington said, “while I am more abstract with mine.”

They consider Brown the overall musician of the group, since he can play guitar, bass and drums.

The band is interested in doing a West Coast tour later this year, perhaps playing clubs Cornelius hung around at when he lived in Arizona. He has taken over responsibility for booking gigs. “There are a lot of opportunities for sure,” he observed.

Herrington feels De-krep-it has the right chemistry now, with four members who have known each other for years. “Our friendship has kept us together through thick and thin,” he said. - By John Larson with Tacoma weekly


2008- Five song Demo

2004- Four song demo

2002-Five song demo



De-KreP-iT is a four piece Heavy Metal ensemble based out of the city of Tacoma, Wa. Corey Stanton (drums), Haus Herrington (guitar/vocals) and Paul Brown (bass) assembled in the summer of 1999 in the basement of Haus’s parent’s house.
Starting out as an instrumental three piece, they started practicing religiously at least two times a week jamming and writing songs. Striving to set themselves apart from the mainstream, they were not afraid to take their song writing in multiple directions.
Playing at house party’s for the first two years was their main source of a live performance, since Haus and Corey were fresh out of high school. Realizing the more times they played live that vocals could take the live performance and the song writing to another level, Corey stared as the lead vocalist having experience singing in choir in high school in addition to still playing the drums, with Paul as back up vocals and Haus doing some verses and back up vocals as well. They quickly created a signature three part vocal in which they each had separate rhythms all going on simultaneously! In witch they still incorporate in the writing process today.
In 2002 they hit the studio for the first time to record a self produced five song demo. Just making copies at home there were only a couple hundred produced and distributed. After circulating the demo around town De-KreP-iT gained recognition with local venues and started performing around the Tacoma / Seattle area.
In 2003 Corey wanted to focus more on drumming so they began auditioning for a Lead vocalist. Quickly after putting an add out in the weekly local paper they found Bart Carter for the position. In less than a years time (2004) they were back in the studio recording their second demo. Still self produced and distributed there was a bigger circulation of about 500 CD’s. Performing consistently through 2003 – 2005, De-KreP-iT’s local fan base increased rapidly. They had no problem booking shows with recognized local bands at any local venue. At the end of 2005 Bart left De-KreP-iT on mutual terms.
Looking for a replacement Lead vocalist they found Kris Capitilo in early 2006. Performing through most of 2006 with Kris, his different vocal approach and stage performance didn’t quite mesh with what De-KreP-iT was trying to portray. So once again they set out to find the right vocalist for the job.
In late 2006 Tim Cornelius (TJ) joined as the Lead Vocalist. A very close friend from high school who actually lived with Haus at the time of De-KreP-iT’s conception and had already performed some cover songs at parties back in the early days of De-KreP-iT. Also doing a lot of the art work in the earlier years and recording a bongo track on the first 2002 demo.
With TJ being such a good friend and already having a strong desire to be apart of De-KreP-iT, they had no problem writing new vocal parts and hitting the studio to record another demo right away in early 2007 (just a couple of months after he joined!). Self produced and distributed with the album artwork professionally drawn by Andrew Wood (Woodsaw) and with a thousand copies professionally duplicated in late 2007 this is by far their most professional and complete demo to date.
As for the present, De-KreP-iT’s new material and stage show (having performed hundreds upon hundreds) far exceeds their past and with TJ in the band it was as if they were reborn. Just in the first year they are landing bigger gigs and performing with national touring acts.
They still practice religiously with very few breaks and they know the sky’s the limit and De-KreP-iT will continue to progress and grow into a monstrosity of originality.