Sam McPheeters

Sam McPheeters was born in Lorain, Ohio in 1969. He is the former lead singer of Born Against, Men's Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes, and the founder of Vermiform Records. His columns, essays, profiles, and short stories have appeared in The American Prospect, Chicago Reader, OC Weekly, Punk Planet, The Stranger, Vice, and The Village Voice. He lives in Pomona, CA, with his wife.

Articles by Sam McPheeters

  • Hiding the Horror

    It was only a few years ago that I came to appreciate the severity of my own arachnophobia. Although I could tolerate tiny spiders, anything larger than an average-size black widow activated instant terror.

  • The Offensive Review

    I only learned the secret of Horseshit magazine last year, while patronizing a local military-surplus shop. It was one of those menacing and increasingly rare army-navy stores popularized in 1993’s Falling Down—grimly dim, decorated with Nazi artifacts an…

  • Quant

    Ross finally saw it on the freeway, just a few miles north of the airport. An animated auto-dealership sign blinked out the fall financing deals against the fading dusk, then flashed to announce SALESMAN OF THE MONTH JIM CURLAN.

  • The Welcher

    A box of Man Is the Bastard CDs named Dennis was riding a bicycle down the street. At the intersection, he ran into his old friend, a stainless-steel industrial sink named Hans. "Well, fancy meeting you here," said Hans.

  • Spice Up Your Marriage

    All couples find themselves in a rut every now and then. It's easy to take your spouse for granted, fall into a routine, and wind up neglecting the one you love.

  • The VICE Guide to Not Being in a Band

    It's been nearly three decades since the Big Boys commanded, "Now go start your own band!" For the most part, everyone has complied. There are more bands now than ever before, clogging nightclubs, burning millions of unwanted CDs, straining the nation's broadband infrastructure.

  • Letter From The Guest Editor

    Here's some advice for anyone pondering guest-editing the Anti-Music Issue of a magazine in the future: Don't tell anyone else what you're doing. It'll just complicate things.

  • The Corpse

    Of the many rumors surrounding Bredo Morstoel, here is the most endearing: He arranged his deathbed pillows into a secret signal for his grandson.

  • Glenn Danzig

    Most performers have to span a gap between their public image and their private life, but Glenn Danzig has to jump between two distinct public versions of himself. Think of the disconnect between the cheesy camp of his Mother video and the lurid power of the song itself.

  • Modern-day Fashion Bum-outs

    Ah, the past. Could the preceding eons of humanity have ever imagined how much comedy they would provide for the present? Especially in the realm of fashion?