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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Horror Pops – Hell Yeah

I heard a song by Horrorpops on Youtube and it prompted me to purchase this album. I liked the unusual sound of the double base, the snarling vocals and the general sense of abandonment. It reminded me a touch of the Fastbacks and that can only be a good thing. In reality, it’s a slightly odd Scandinavian psychobilly pastiche with the odd catchy number and a fair old chunk of irritation thrown in for good measure.

Patricia Day is a stunning front woman for the band with equally striking looks, voice and base strumming ability. She is somewhat let down however by the odd stereotypical nod to the psychobilly genre and some average songwriting skills. When they get it right they produce agreeable punk-pop with distinct singalongabilty.

‘Julia’ fits this description perfectly, with ‘Miss Take’ an equally chugging rockabilly anthem, and ‘Where they Wander’ ratchets up the ante with high energy meets growling vocals. Best of all is the pure double base twang of ‘Emotional Abuse’ where Day’s voice is used to its whining and sneering potential. Best avoided are the stock psychobilly numbers like ‘Kool Flattop’ and ‘Psychobitches Oatta Hell’ which taint the whole album with affectedness.

A change is as good as a rest and Horrorpops are definitely something different to the usual Scandinavian fodder that we plug at Into the Valley. A Danish rockabilly band with a singer who doesn’t look like a witch and a couple of go-go dancers thrown in for good measure. What’s not to like?

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