The HorrorPops have been called psychobilly for years, but these genre-hopping Danish rockers dont like boxes. We chatted with a few of the bands members about their rebellious streak, their homeland, and their new album, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill.
New Times: Your music has always been defined by an anti-status quo attitude thats born out of the anti-musician attitude in Denmark.
Patricia Day: Well, its not just in Denmark. In any culture, it doesnt even have to be a subculture, theres a set of rules that you follow. Let me give you an easy one: punk. If youre punk, youve got this set of political opinions, youve got your little outfits, you can listen only to punk music. You cant listen to Barry Manilow and, if you do, you put it at the back of your record collection so your cool friends dont find it. NT: And the HorrorPops music is marked by breaking those rules.
PD: When we started as a band, we started to cross genres and combine lots of genres into one because we didnt want to limit ourselves as a band. We wanted to be able to play all the different types of music we liked, whether it was Dolly Parton or Motörhead it didnt matter.
NT: Is it any easier for guys there now that the HorrorPops have been legitimized by international success?
Kim Nekroman: We go home and its, like, Oh, the HorrorPops have found some success in the U.S., but, in Denmark, if youre not a big mainstream act, they couldnt care. Being an artist in the U.S. or the U.K., its an official career. But in Denmark, they dont give a damn. Like, Why dont you grow up and get a real job?
NT: That indifference is what helped spark the Youth House protests in Copenhagen last year, an event that inspired your new albums angriest song, Boot2Boot, right?
KN: Its about this youth house in Copenhagen thats been there for, wow, I dont even know how many years. I remember when I was younger, it was a place for punks and outcasts. Id been there several times, Ive played there with my other band, the Nekromantix. All kinds of bands played there [including Björk and Nick Cave]. Eventually, it was sold to this Christian cult who decided they wanted to save all these punks. Finally, after [three days of] crazy riots [and almost 700 arrests], the house was torn down. It was a piece of Danish culture that shouldve been kept alive. The song is really a tribute to the spirit of that house.
(Pink Spiders, Steve E. Nix and The Cute Lepers, and Belfry Bats will also perform at the show).
Fri., March 21, 6:30 p.m., 2008