The Reverend Horton Heat is the undisputed king of psychobilly, but you could make a helluva case for Nekromantix frontman Kim Nekroman as the genre's crown prince. In many ways, Nekromantix epitomize the psychobilly look and sound even more than the good Reverend himself. With their gravity-defying pompadours and fixation on monsters and horror movies, Nekromantix owe as much to The Misfits as they do Carl Perkins. Over the past 20 years, the band has released eight albums and gone through at least nine guitarists and six drummers. The one constant through it all has been Nekroman, whose trademark coffin-shaped double bass and gallows humor provide the backbone of Nekromantix' distinct sound. If there's a criticism to be leveled, it's that the band's sound hasn't really evolved much from their 1989 debut, Hellbound, through to their most recent offering, 2007's Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! Then again, this is psychobilly we're talking about. A genre rooted in '50s rockabilly and '70s punk doesn't really lend itself to experimentation. As long as Nekroman keeps churning out the gothic greaser goodness, the pomade-loving masses are sure to stay onboard.
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