Wes Kirk sits down with punk rock super group the Horrorpops at the Brickyard in Vancouver. Before today, half the band has never been to Canada…
Patricia: This area is fucking cool, though. It reminds me of where Kamilla and I used to live in Denmark.
Was it the east end of town? It’s always the east end.
Nekroman: It was the west. It’s different on the other side of the world, right. It’s the mirror image. I think in China it’s the south.
This is the first show of your Canadian tour, but you’ll be back soon for the Warped Tour. Are you excited?
[“Hell yeahs” all around]
Nekroman: We’re excited just to be on the road because we spent the last month and a half writing songs and recording them.
Is the new album all together?
Geoff: It’s called Bring It On. It’ll be out sometime in the fall.
Is there anything strikingly different about this album?
Henrik: It’s a trip-hop, electronica album.
Patricia: [Pointing to Geoff] He’s strikingly different.
Nekroman: It’s hard for the band to say, because for me, we’re just doing the same thing.
Henrik: It sounds like a Horrorpops album
Geoff: To me, coming into the band on the second album and being able to compare it to the first album [on] which I didn’t play in at all, it’s a little more full sounding and a little heavier, but at the same time it’s more melodic. It’s not heavy like death metal or anything; it’s more rock and roll, but at the same time it’s also more pop.
What is so cool about the upright bass?
Henrik: I fucking hate that thing
Geoff: It’s bulky. It’s hard to transport. Sometimes sound engineers at clubs don’t know how to make it sound at all. Those are the good points.
And do you [to Nekroman] design them?
Nekroman: I do build bass’. In this case it’s a customized by me.
What is the Danish punk scene like?
Patricia: It’s non-existent
Nekroman: It’s not non-existent; it’s a smaller country.
Patricia: It’s like living in a mid-state small town. If you see a punk on the street with a Mohawk, either you know the persons name or you will go and ask.
Geoff: It would be like living in Saskatoon.
Is there much of a Rockabilly scene out there or are you guys just weird?
Patricia: What’s that?
Ha. Do you know how hard it is to come up with the right word to describe your band?
Patricia: We call ourselves rock and roll.
Nekroman: Every scene in Denmark is small. It doesn’t matter which one.
Geoff: We’ve moved out of there. Now we live in L.A.
Henrik: [Mumbles something about a “piece of shit country”]
Geoff: Henrik has just excommunicated himself.
Where does the sort of ’50s, rock and roll influence come from?
Nekroman: I think we are influenced by everything from Dolly Parton to Motorhead, to new wave. I mean we all have our backgrounds.
Patricia: There are six people in the band.
Geoff: Basically music from any era starting in the ’20s through to modern day.
Nekroman: The good thing about this band is that there is no “Ahh, that’s too heavy metal” when somebody brings something new in. It’s like, “That’s cool, let’s try it out.”
Yeah. The first I heard of you guys was “Where They Wander” from Give ‘Em the Boot, which is pretty straight up punk rock.
Patricia: Yeah but, every song on the album is different. If you introduce “Girl in a Cage” to a ska loving person, they would be like “Fuck yeah, this is gonna be ska.” But there’s only one ska song and one surf song. That’s because we are six people and we do have all these different influences and it’s all about having fun. So if we’re having fun in the rehearsal room, and we say “Hey, let’s try a surf song.” We’ll see how we can play it, or can we play it, and that’s how it starts. Same with the new album — we try to play a country song.
Nekroman: Stuff like that you can’t do if you’re in a punk band, then you can’t play a surf song. If you’re in a rockabilly band you can’t play a punk song. This is a band where we can play everything.
Patricia: That’s why we call it rock and roll, because it covers all of it.
Henrik: It usually starts by me walking out the door screaming “I hate this band,” and then I come back and say okay and… [imitates something like a monkey playing drums]
Nekroman: …and that’s when the creativity starts.
Patricia: With Henrik’s anger. And after he leaves, the real work starts.
Geoff: It’s a melting pot of different styles. It keeps things interesting for us as players, and I hope it keeps the record-buying fans happy. And hopefully they don’t feel we are such-and-such type of band and not pigeonholing the band. Like everybody said, we just play what we enjoy playing, without any boundaries.
Something that creeps through all of the bands you guys have been in is the image of horror. Do you guys have any favorite monsters or B-movies?
Patricia: Not me. I hate them.
Kamilla: I love mummies.
Henrik: Frankenstein. The old Frankenstein.
Geoff: Everything from Nosferatu and on. Anything, really. If it’s good and it’s horror then it’s good.
Henrik: Yeah. Anything from the ’20s to present.
One place the combination of influences comes together most clearly is with the Go-Go’s. How important are they to your live show?
Patricia: They are part of the band. There is no them and us.
Geoff: As far as the live show goes, the dancers are as equally important as any one of the musicians.
Nekroman: When I go to a show, people can be good, but if they just stand there, I may as well just sit at home and listen to the record. I want to look at something, and I think we all agree on that, (and they do) and it takes some of the weight off our backs because we don’t have to be freakin out.
Patricia: That’s not the reason Kamilla and No-No is in the band, it’s not just because of the show—
Henrik: It’s because they smell good.
Geoff: They offset the guys.
Patricia: We’re together, the six people we are. Before music, before anything, there’s friendship. And we’re together because we’re friends, not because we want to look a certain way.
Geoff: Except for me and Henrik.
Henrik: I hate those bitches.
[To the go-go’s] How much time do you guys spend rehearsing?
Kamilla: Two minutes a day.
Nekroman: But every day.
Geoff: They do half a song a day.
Any new tattoo’s?
[“No”s all around]
Henrik: It’s been like a year for me.
Nekroman: We’re too busy.
Are there any pre-show rituals that I am interrupting??
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"...we are six people and we do have all these different influences and it’s all about having fun. So if we’re having fun in the rehearsal room, and we say “Hey, let’s try a surf song.” We’ll see how we can play it..."