Nekromantix : Dead Girls Don't Cry
A slow creak is heard in the pitch black, and somewhere a projector comes to life beaming a film into the darkness. The likes of Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and armies of putrid zombies grace a dust-covered wall that is swarming with spiders, as a blood curdling scream flies out of a loudspeaker. You know exactly the type of film I mean - it's an age-old lesson in shock horror, walking the fine line between trashy B-movie and genuine fright classic.
If you’re familiar with Hellcat's recent signings, you will be aware of Copenhagen rockabilly band the HorrorPops tearing up the scene with their infectious brand of music, which has undoubtedly been inspired to some degree by the Nekromantix. Formed in 1989 in Denmark by singer/bassist Kim Nekroman, Dead Girls Don't Cry marks the band's seventh release, and comes hot on the heels of 2002's aptly titled Return Of The Loving Dead. With an obsession for old horror films, the Nekromantix have made a worthy record for a Friday night fright-fest.
We enter the dingy theatre to be presented with the haunting twang of Black Wedding, and as second track Backstage Pass To Hell hits the silver screen with its relentless pace and opening scream, the bloodbath ensues. The songs are dark and equally bouncy with edgy lyrics - imagine The Misfits with slicked back hair and mile-high bouffants and you’re almost there.
Considering that the music for each track was composed entirely within the space of a week, and all of the lyrics written on a piece of paper the morning of the recording, it has to be said that this is a first-rate album. You could forgive the threesome for leaving it until the last minute, given that Kim lives in LA while guitarist Pete Sandorff and drumming brother Kristian still reside in Denmark. A spate of shows with the likes of Rancid and Tiger Army clearly didn't speed up the process either.