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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Horrorpops - Hell Yeah

Fronted by upright bassist/vocalist Kim Nekroman, the sextet have absorbed a heady mix of '50s rock & roll and late-70s punk, and given birth to a debut that's genuinely fun. The leadoff track, "Julia," utilizes the steady lurch of the Clash's "London Calling" to set the stage for a record that, while positively rank with influences, somehow manages to rise above them and achieve a singular voice, and that voice belongs to Nekroman, a statuesque, subterranean Betty Boop, with a set of pipes that alternately comfort and destroy. With her cat-like growl and thick-slapped bass, she burns through standout tracks like "Ghouls" and "Psychobitches Outta Hell" with an abandon that recalls the feline energy of early B-52's. As a group, the HorrorPops sound like a small army, and like the Misfits, they fill each chorus with wordless melodies and unison replies. The obligatory surf-instrumental, "Horrorbeach," transcends the banality of the billion or so revivalists who have nearly beaten the genre out of existence. By adopting such a devil-may-care attitude to a style that nearly invented the phrase, they have avoided the forced reverence of previous imitators, and brought back the simple, sexy enthusiasm that made rockabilly so forward thinking in the first place. It's this kind of execution, attitude, and middle-finger-with-a-grin approachability that makes the HorrorPops a band to watch out for. (Year of Release: 2004)

Track List:
1. Julia
2. Drama Queen
3. Ghouls
4. Girl in a Cage
5. Miss Take
6. Where They Wander
7. Kool Flattop
8. Psychobitches Outta Hell
9. Dotted With Hearts
10. Baby Lou Tattoo
11. What's Under My Bed
12. Emotional Abuse
13. Horrorbeach

Download: Horrorpops - Hell Yeah (55.3MB)


Tbag said...

This is one of my favorite albums ever.

Kelly said...

The lead singer/bassist is Patricia Day; Kim Nekroman is the guitarist and Patricia's husband. But I can see how you got them confused, especially because Kim Nekroman is the lead singer/bassist of Nekromantix :).

Thanks for posting this! I've been meaning to check them out for a LONG time.