They're A Lot Of Things, Just Don't Call 'Em Psychobillies
When HorrorPops recorded "Bring It On!" (Hellcat/Epitaph), the band's members were basically just looking for an excuse to tour.
"We love touring," says vocalist Patricia Day, who also plays the upright bass. "Everything else like recording an album or doing photo shoots and interviews are all things we do in order to get the f*** back on the road."
The group, which hails from Copenhagen but is currently based in Los Angeles, has been able to do just that and more. HorrorPops is on its first U.S. headlining tour in support of "Bring It On!" which entered Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart last week at No. 23.
"It's really exciting, but it's a bit fuzzy 'cause there's lots of alcohol involved," she says. "The first few shows we played in the U.S., there were quite a lot of psychobillies at them because of the upright bass and our image. Now we hardly see any. Now there's a lot of punk kids and rock'n'rollers. Even the pretty, pretty girls with their Louis Vuitton bags are there, too! It's a very diverse crowd, which is so cool."
HorrorPops -- comprised of Day, guitarists Nekroman and Geoff Kresge, drummer Niedermeier and the "Bringin'it'on!" dancers, Kamilla Vanilla and NoNo -– smash together psychobilly, power pop, punk, ska and every genre in between.
"We started this band so we could actually play all styles of music and not limit ourselves to one little subgenre," Day says. "We were kinda like, 'OK, f*** that. We just wanna be able to play whatever we feel like.' You know how like in your record collection there's probably an album or two in there you don't show all your friends? We don't want to hide those records. If we want to play something inspired by Barry Manilow, we go out there and do it. We like having fun with the music."
Because of the members' campy appearances and the fact that Day uses an upright bass, the band is often labeled purely psychobilly, but Day doesn't want anyone getting the wrong impression.
"We do have a psychobilly background -- Geoff and Nekroman come from Nekromantix and Tiger Army, which are basically the two biggest psychobilly bands out there. So we know a lot about psychobilly. Enough to say we're not psychobilly," she says. "It's out of pure respect for the [genre] that we are so strongly against being called psychobilly.
"The good side of being called that, though, is that a lot of kids will start looking for other bands that play that style of music," she continues. "And they'll get introduced to a lot of our friends [laughs]."
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, it's been a struggle for the band to obtain the right paperwork in order to stay in the States. But Day says it's worth the struggle.
"C'mon, Denmark? Five million people, three rock'n'roll venues? It's a s***hole," she laughs. "Getting out of there was the best decision we ever made."
Indeed, Denmark, which is best known for helping break such dance acts as Ace Of Base and Aqua, isn't high on the list of places HorrorPops plans on touring any time soon.
"Let me put it like this," Day says, "we're going on a European tour and we're not even playing Denmark. There's no reason to go there at all, it's all about dance [there]."
So how did a bunch of psychobillies team up in such a dance-oriented country?
"That was really easy," she says. "There would be us and only us that liked the music that we're into and looked the way we did. We basically met each other by saving each other's asses from getting beat up. Then we kind of stuck together because there's safety in numbers. It was like living in the Midwest or something."
In the end, that small town safety net turned into a raucous rock'n'roll band that has toured the world, and they don't plan on turning back any time soon. "We're best friends, we travel all over the world, we get s***faced every night and we get paid for it," Day says. "It doesn't get any better."
HorrorPops are currently on tour with Roger Miret & the Disasters and Left Alone.
Artist site: www.horrorpops.com
Label sites: www.hell-cat.com, www.epitaph.com