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Review: The Horrorpops: Kiss kiss, kill kill

17.06.2008 - Levy-arviot/record reviews

I have said before (ok, not on this blog), and say again: There are hidden jewels on all the music genres, you just have find them. I really don’t like punk, most of it is shit, but there are few bands that I like; Bones brigade, McRad, Descendents… Yeah, mainly old school, or old school sounding skate-punk. Same goes for hip-hop, I just don’t like it, except: Paleface, KanyeWest and Futuristic sex robots.

I have always categorized psychobilly to same category with rockabilly, which I have hated since I was, hmm, nine years old? I really don’t like how upright bass sounds, awful slapping. Especially I hate everything they represents; big ugly fuel-hungry american cars, awful haircuts, eight ball, kirsberry patterns.

But since my brother likes that kind of shit, and he had his 40th birthday, I bought him latest HorrorPops CD. And I found that hidden jewel psychobilly.The Horrorpops : Kiss kiss, kill kill  – Twelve songs about love and murder

I had before heard only  Heading for the disco, on Gothic magazine sampler. Which I didn’t like at all, since it pretty much has all the elements that I hate in rockabilly/psychobilly. After listening this CD around 20 times, I still don’t like Heading for the disco. Which is little odd, since my ultimate favorite of the this CD is Keep the picture!, which has, as well as my other favorite track Everything’s everything, same annoying psychobilly elements, that I hate, namely slapping upright bass. Power of these two songs lies in their lyrics, in Keep the picture! girl/women is writing goodbye note to her cheating (ex)boyfriend, while story behind the Everything’s everything is pretty much the opposite. Maybe I just love lovesongs?

Next in line are Copenhagen refugee, opening track Thelma & Louise, Highway 55 and Missfit which references to Our house by Madness. These songs presents more of the murder side of the album, and of course alienation; not fitting in the mass, and being proud of it.

Overall tone of the album is maybe little bit gloomy, or even gothic, but then again what can you expect from band whose name is Horrorpops? I can sense why goths like horrorpops and some other psychobilly bands as well.

I have to say that I really like singer Patricia Day’s voice. And top of that, she knows how to use her voice. I am not saying anything about instrumentation.

I can’t really compare this album to anything else, as I don’t  listen to psychobilly at all. In some other review horrorpops was said to be No doubt of psychobilly, not very positive sounding comparison, but even that reviewer liked the album with five stars. So is this psychobilly for pop-music fans, or pop-music for psychobilly fans? I really don’t know, all I know, is that I do like this album, and after listening my brothers two days on repeat, I pretty sure, that I have to buy my own copy. This album has good changes to make it to top positions of my personal best albums of the year list.

So I found the hidden jewel of the psychobilly, but I am not going to check much further in to psychobilly scene for another jewel. But I will definitely check other albums by The horrorpops.

Now, can somebody find me death rock band/album, that I don’t hate?

Here is lyrics for Keep the picture!:

The Horrorpops: Keep the picture!

“I’m, leaving a note, for you
Surprise, I’m leaving you behind
I made up my mind
It’s funny how, funny how, funny how it feels so good
Writing something like this

Here… You can keep my picture
Hang it on the wall
I don’t live here no more
That’s all you gonna get from me
You could have stopped being a cheater, stopped being a deceiver
It’s over… yeah

I had so much to show, so much to give
But you never had the time… time
Or the will to see, I was right there

So You… You can keep my picture
Hang it on the wall
I don’t live here no more
That’s all you gonna get from me
You could have stopped being a cheater, stopped being a deceiver
We’re over

You… You can keep my picture
Hang it on the wall
I don’t live here no more
That’s all you gonna get from me
You could have stopped being a cheater, stopped being a deceiver
It’s over…

Yeah You… You can keep my picture
Keep my picture
Keep my picture

Yeah You… You can keep my picture
Keep my picture
Keep my picture