HorrorPops lacked energy at the State Theater
I absolutely love the HorrorPops. With their clever psychobilly style and fast-pace unrelenting music, their first cd, Hell Yeah!, is still my favorite to put on if I'm wanting to move.
That's why I can say I'm a bit sad that they didn't bring that same energy that's so prevalent on their albums to their stage show at the State Theater.
While playing a good mix of both old and new music, I never once felt the need to put down my camera and mosh along with people. I wasn't the only one either as there were a lot of people outside looking dressed up in their psychobilly and punk best with no reason to get into the pit.
This isn't saying that the music wasn't phenomenal. From the eerie opening song of Highway 55 to fast-paced Freaks in Uniforms (admittedly, my favorite song), the band still beats out most rockabilly and it's hard to think of someone playing a double bass more skillfully than Patricia Day.
I don't know why they didn't put as much into their live show. Maybe it was the lack of go-go girls that usually accompany them. Perhaps it's because Day has gotten more comfortable and doesn't seem as fit as she used to be. It's nothing horrible and she still looks smoking but it could be effecting her music and stage presence.
The opening band Longways definitely brought the punk in though. With blistering fast guitar riffs and wild stage antics that included the guitarist jumping off the stage and letting one of the audience members strum during song, Longways had everyone moving and put on a spectacular show.
I just wish I could say the same about the HorrorPops.
--Story/photos by Leigh Armstrong, Times Staff Writer
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