Once upon a time--though exactly when is a mystery--there was a band called The Turkays. They were the hit band that was going places, but then something bad happened--though exactly what is a mystery--and each member suffered an amazing death. Unwilling to let mortality ruin a good thing, the band's go--go dancers went to the cemetery and unburied every rotting Turkay corpse. And that's how San Diego's Creepy Creeps were born. Or unborn, rather.Creepture (real name: Dave), passes along this story with a laugh. It's one he and his Creepy Creeps bandmates--Dr. Creepenstein, Dia de los Creep and Creepula--have been telling for the eight years they've been in existence. It explains the dead mariachi costumes. ('Those aren't costumes,' Creepture demands. 'That's the way we look.') And it definitely suits the band's music, which sounds like Dick Dale scoring a zombie surf flick. Everyone knows creepy things only come out at night, and such is the case for these guys. All of them have day jobs. 'We do this to have a good time,' Creepture says. 'We're not really concerned with being a big band at all. We're not concerned with being successful to people or any of that crap.'It's not like they've been totally unknown all these years. Their aggressive 'skate--rock'--or 'surf--garage,' if you prefer--had landed them in Thrasher movies and skateboard videos. And The Creepy Creeps guys have been in the local hardcore scene for ages--including stints in The Locust, Struggle and Tarantula Hawk--so they've got connections. Plus, they've opened for some fairly solid names at local gigs. But Creepture says most of their fan base was always deeply underground. And until recently, they didn't even have any recordings.'People didn't really think this band was cool,' he says. 'We had our diehard fans, but there was no interest. Then, all of a sudden, things started happening. We met the right people, and they wanted to do good stuff for us.'It started when the band posted an ad on MySpace a couple of years back. It read, 'We're broke. We need a record.' Amazingly, it worked. The Creepy Creeps put out their debut full--length a year ago on Inka, a U.K. garage--rock label. And they have a second full--length coming out on Oct. 27, with an album release party at the Ken Club.'We hold exclusivity to all the music,' he says of the band's recordings. 'We get half the records that are pressed, and we can do what we want with those, and the label gets to keep the other half. It's an even, family--style deal. No money's owed to anyone, ever. It's real old--school.'The Creepy Creeps, all in their 30s, have always held DIY attitudes about music. Creepture claims that won't ever change.'We've been playing music for a really long time,' he says. 'Everything's working because we've stuck to our guns. We haven't compromised anything. That's why people are starting to pay attention. We're going to do whatever we want to do.'They take that last part especially seriously. The band was adamant that their albums come out exclusively on vinyl.'We collect vinyl,' says Creepture. 'We think it's important to keep vinyl alive. It's good for collections. People are all worried about downloading music. We put our music online for free, and if people really like it, they'll buy it on vinyl. It's a more hardcopy product to go down in the library. With a CD, people chuck it on the ground, burn it for 25 friends. But if you really want the music--buy the record, it'll sound better!'For the most authentic experience, though, it's definitely worth checking out The Creepy Creeps live. Shows are a spectacle of surf--lick--laced garage rock, giant sombreros, skeleton masks and, of course, shimmying go--go dancers--most likely with the graveyard soil still crusted under their nails. The Creepy Creeps will hold their album--release party at the Kensington Club on Oct. 27. 619--284--2848. MS/thecreepycreeps.