The band is fronted by a beautiful woman who plays stand-up bass. They’re Danish born but based out of Los Angeles, and their latest album Kiss Kiss Kill Kill mixes new wave, punk, surf, ska, rockabilly, metal and goth. The Horrorpops basically have something to offer to everyone.
The Pops third full-length record Kiss Kiss Kill Kill has a more diverse collection of songs. Their first two albums are pretty straightforward psychobilly, whereas some of the tracks on Kiss Kill are heavily influenced by new wave and gothic icons of the past like The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sisters of Mercy. The theme of the record is inspired by thematic elements of vintage films and classic soundtracks with a lot of pop culture references embedded in the lyrics. The black and white cover displays singer/bassist Patricia Day with a veil over her face, lightning bolts in the background and the caption “Twelve songs about love and murder” stylistically similar to film noir cover art.
The album starts out with a danceable bass line blended perfectly with the guitar and drums; Day’s vocals cut in to complete the track. The vibe of the album changes throughout. The opening track “Thelma and Louise” makes you want to dance, whereas songs like “Boot2Boot” make you want to run a circle with your fist pumping in the air. The song is about the destruction of the Youth House; a venue and one of the last places for punk and street kids to go to in the band’s hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other tracks are humorous like “Heading to the Disco,” which makes fun of to the popular VH1 series Rock of Love with lyrics like, “She wishes Bret Michaels was her date, trying so hard to be old school, but goddamned Poison was never cool. I don’t get why anyone would wanna dress up as an ‘80s whore.” This track has another feet-moving beat.
The title track of the album Kiss Kiss Kill Kill really has an ‘80s gothic feel and “Hitchcock Starlet,” with thunderstorm sound effects in the background sounds like it could of came straight out of a Hitchcock flick.
“Everything’s Everything” is a catchy track with a classic Horrorpops feel. For advocate listeners of the 9 p.m. Thursday Surfabilly Freakout on WPGU, check out “HorrorpopBeach Pt. II.” For old fans of the Horrorpops, this album definitely delivers just as well as the first two albums with the added perk of different musical styles to appease new listeners as well.