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The HorrorPops

February 11th, 2004 · post by Chris Lever · Make a comment

The HorrorPops came pretty much out of nowhere. There aren’t many bands out at the moment with a upright bass. Fewer still play refreshing rockabilly punk rock, with a heavy nod back to surf, that makes you smile ever single time that you hear their record. It’s like the Teen Idols reformed, improved by about 1000% and then had a girl take on the vocals, and lyric writing. Take my word for it it’s fucking awesome! This is an email interview done in December 2003.

RN: How did you guys all hook up?
Patricia: My former band “Peanut PumpGun” supported Kim Nekroman’s band “Nekromantix” at a “POPKOMM” in Cologne, Germany back in 96′! Our mutual love for a lot of different genre’s incl. new wave, 80’s music, Rock’n'Roll, punk etc. gave us the idea of forming a band that was not committed to any specific genre of music. The HorrorPops was born and in that band we allow ourselves the freedom to mix in whatever we want!

RN: What was it like hanging up the guitar for the standing double bass?
Patricia: Everybody in HorrorPops can play each others instruments so we often swap in the middle of the set, so I still get to play my old baby from time to time.

RN: Do you think Kim had the hardest side of the bargain when you ’swapped’ roles
Patricia: Yep! The bass has a lot less strings!

RN: Did you do all the artwork on your bass yourself?
Patricia: Yeah I did, but I also had help from a friend of mine who is a tattoo artist. Another thing is that Kim believed that I wouldn’t be able to play the upright bass before I knew how to build one (a bit like Karate kid…ha ha ha!) so some of the paint is to hide mistakes in the wood.

RN: What’s it like being a girl in a band?
Patricia: I never thought about being a girl, when I’m playing it’s not a gender thing. Rock’n'roll is Rock’n'roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RN: Any animosity, do you ever get any abuse from sexist guys?
Patricia: Not more than the usual you get from having tits…ha ha!

RN: Especially with the Mille and Kamilla, you seem to really enjoy the fact that all three of you are gigging and making music regardless of what any narrow minded guys think. Were the go-go dancers something you always wanted to be part of your live show, or did it just fall together that way?
Patricia: That was just fate! We are all close friends in HorrorPops and we have a band together so that we are able to hang out more. About boys being narrow minded I have actually meet a few with brains to..HA HA!

RN: Everyone says they don’t know who to watch when you guys are on stage, where do you thin you’d look if you were in the crowd at a HorrorPops show?
Patricia: HA! I would probably be looking at Karsten and Kims Butt’s and I would try to learn from who ever was playing the bass. The funny thing that happens when people have seen our shows is that if they can’t remember what the song was called, they can remember what moves Mille and Kamilla was doing. So that means that you can see a big tough guy wiggling his but to try to describe his favourite song.

RN: Did you ever think you’d end up playing with Rancid in the US when you were piercing nipples for a living?
Patricia: I think I was actually dreaming about that while I was punching wholes in people….. Rancid rules! And playing with them was the best day of our lives.

RN: Looking at it now ‘Hell Yeah’ has been almost five years in the making, what does it feel like to see it’s final release date draw closer and closer?

RN: You’ve said you don’t want to be categorised, do you think that’s quite a hard task in a rockabilly genre that’s always seemed relatively clear and quite easy to define?
Patricia: The actual reason for us being called HorrorPops was that we were asked what kind of music we played and we replied ”uhhmm…. horror pop”. The whole point of us getting together in the first place was to flip a finger to all the freaks in uniforms that dictates what rock’n'roll/subcultural music is all about. We wanted to be able to play all styles and not give a shit about what other people would say. So for us to do that is actually really easy! The cool thing is that all people listening to HorrorPops say different thing about the musical back ground, some say Rockabilly, some say Punk, some say Ska and some say heavy metal, so I guess we are getting categorised in all caterories.

RN: Do you think Rockabilly and Psychobilly will ever become the next big thing?
Patricia: I Don’t know.. I’m not into Psychobilly my self so I don’t know what is going on in that scene.

RN: You’ve described the music you’re making now as ‘more edible’ than your previous band and the vocals as ‘more soft’ than anything you’ve done before, what’s it been like trying to win over Hellcat crowds who are used to the old skool punk and aggressiveness that initially made it so famous?
Patricia: I hope that the Hellcat crowd will find the thing they like in HorrorPops. Hellcat fans I believe differs a bit from the Epitaph crowd, they seem to be into more things.

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