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Album Review: Horrorpops - 'Kiss Kiss Kill Kill'

8 February 2008 | 2:18 pm | Staff Writer
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Let the good times roll…

Now this was a pleasant surprise.

Not being overly familiar with the band’s previous work, I was expecting

a cliché pyschobilly record when I opened the package and saw a press

kit for the Horrorpops. What I got instead was twelve tracks

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of female fronted rock and roll with a healthy dose of pop. Kiss

Kiss Kill Kill is enjoyable, it’s easy to listen to and could

very well be the record that bumps the Horrorpops up a few places

in the musical food chain. 

Opening number “Thelma And Louise”

is the perfect mix of old and new, blending the band’s pyschobilly

roots with their love of pop. The musical backbone of the song provides

the perfect backdrop for Patricia’s sultry vocal performance,

one which has no doubt left many a man weak at the knees at a Horrorpops

live show. 

“Missfit” shows just how strong Patricia’s voice really is, as the minimal instrumentation in

the verses puts the spotlight well and truly on her vocal chords. The

guitars - courtesy of Nekromantix mastermind Nekroman

– are at their most dominant during the song’s chorus but even the

more gentle flourishes add to the band’s overall sound. 

Having recently interviewed the

band and being told the story behind “Boot To Boot”, I found the

song to be one of the most powerful on the record. The story of Copenhagen’s troubled youths being relegated to the streets combined with the drive

and strength of the music makes for one hell of a tune.  

A good friend of mine recently

made the comment that “the eighties sucked the first time round, why

would anyone want to do it again”?! With that in mind, “Heading

To The Disco” is one of the more light hearted moments on a record

which is thematically geared towards love and murder. Lyrics like “I

don’t get why anyone would want to repeat this more than once” are

destined to become fan favourites! 

The album’s title track has

a far more prominent new wave influence than we’ve heard before, but

it doesn’t sound nostalgic or tacky in any way. If anything, it serves

as evidence that the band’s song writing has evolved to such a high

level that they’re able to successfully incorporate a myriad of styles

into their sound without it sounding forced. 

“Everything’s Everything”

and “Hitchcock Starlet” are both great songs once they get moving,

but I found both their introductions a tad boring, whereas “Highway

55” doesn’t waste any time in getting the ball rolling. Similar

to the album’s first track in its simplicity, it’s an upbeat number

which features some of the record’s most impressive guitar work, whilst

“Copenhagen Refugee” is another punk influenced tune that shows

the Horrorpops aren’t going to abandon their roots in a hurry.

An impressive release from a talented

band, one whole should have a long and fruitful career ahead of them

if they keep putting out records of this caliber.

  1. Thelma And Louise
  2. Missfit
  3. Boot To Boot
  4. Heading To The Disco
  5. Kiss Kiss Kill Kill
  6. Everything’s Everything
  7. Hitchcock Starlet
  8. Highway 55
  9. H