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Koffin Kats- Born of the Motor

Posted by Anita On November - 26 - 2013

Here it is! The latest album from Detroit’s Koffin Kats and what can I say? It fucking kicks so much ass it’s insane! Which is how it should be for a psychobilly band! The rhythm section is incredibly and absolutely solid, the guitar riffs are catchy as all hell and have the right amount of metal influence, and the over the top dramatic style of singing all of it creates the dark and twisted environment in which these songs live. It has to be mentioned, Vic’s voice is pitch perfect for this creepy style of music, it’s a dark opera of real life horror. Born of the Motor will definitely take you on a fucking ride starting from the first note of “All of Me is Gone”. “Lighting has struck once again”. Holy shit, no kidding! I can’t help but play air drums and sing along to this baby! And I am by no means, ashamed to admit it! This is what I wish every single album I listened to made me do. Why can’t they all be this good? And so on it goes with the next song “Under a Blue Sky”. “Giving Blood” is damn creepy in the best of ways and it’s impossible to not tap your toes at least. At least! Same with “Devil Tales” and you got to love the guitar on this one! So many awesome songs on this one including “The Team” which starts as a 50s style ballad and soon intertwines with Koffin Kats brand of epic punkabilly. It’s done so seamlessly and works so damn well. “Twist Apart” is so damn catchy and you can feel the music circling around you. The ground spins as the singing and music do. It just moves and feels so damn alive for a song about death. “Round and round you wanna go”. “Goodbye Blues” starts slow but ends with a bang! And yes, once again the drums provide a solid heartbeat. The guitar riffs have a nice hint of metal but not too much. Really words do it no justice, you have to take a listen to this work yourself.
It’s good to the last note ending with “Gone To See The World” which is a sweet Hawaiian influenced ode to the open road, to seeing the world. Something this hard working band has experience in to be sure. I must add that I think it’s brilliant that they explore the horror of real life and inject that aspect into most of their songs. It would be incredible with there were more bands like this one. I can only hope the Koffin Kats will be here with us to blow our minds for a while longer.

Koffin Kats-Born of the Motor

Koffin Kats-Born of the Motor

The Brains- Monster Within

Posted by Anita On April - 16 - 2013

Ladies and ghouls, are you ready for the new Brains album? You better be because here it is! Loud, fast and sweating blood from every pore these Montreal psychos are back with a vengeance. Among the songs that especially stand out to me are “Misery” which has nice and chunky rockabilly guitar riffs with the power of a lawnmower complete with a tighter than tight rhythm section composed of Pat Kadaver’s consistent drumbeats and Colin the Dead’s clacking stand up bass. And the icing on the cake is Rene De La Muerte’s haunting crooning and a chorus you’ll want to sing along to immediately. “The Damned” is amazing too with its musical changes throughout the song including parts where the guitar starts and stops in a brusque manner. As can be witnessed in this album, variety is definitely the spice of life. “Bleed” has some lovely upright bass work in its middle which shows off what the instrument can do with plenty of panache. “Electrik Shock” is insanely catchy and once again, you’ll find yourself tapping your toes and singing along even if you don’t know the lyrics yet. “Rest in Pieces” can only be described as epic psychobilly, images of classic horror movies like those pictured on the cover will flood your brain. “Cucaracha in Leather” is an amazingly well done instrumental interlude which to me is reminiscent of Rev. Horton Heat. You better believe that’s a compliment! “Devil in Disguise” and “Lies” will also have you shouting along with the chorus and shaking your culo if you happen to have a pulse.”Rolling Down” is love at first note, a song about the joys of the open road that instantly transmits that joy through music and lyrics. I must add though that I miss the songs in Spanish and French which also added something different to the mix. C’est la vie. But this is truly a solid work of horror punkabilly madness that is worth every cent in your moth bitten pocket. The blend of punk rock, rockabilly, surf, latin, and whatever the hell else they’re throwing in there is refreshing from the get go and will hold your attention till the last note is played. The absolutely gorgeous album artwork has to be commented on as well. It works perfectly with the music contained within the CD. Of course, you will always win me over with old school tattoo flash inspired art and a cover that looks like a classic horror flick poster complete with a tattooed babe in a red 50s style bathing suit. Perfect! Don’t wait another second and get yours today!

the brains- the monster within album cover

The Brains-The Monster Within

The Planet Shattering: Quakes interview

Posted by Anita On July - 4 - 2012

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If you claim to be a psychobilly fan The Quakes need no introduction. They’ve been around since the 80s, rockin’ both sides of the pond (U.S.A and Europe) with style and swagger. Their new album “Planet Obscure” just came out this year and you definitely need to check out, it features everything from good old psychobilly with a more rockabilly bent to it to an instrumental cover of a Xuxa song. Who’s Xuxa you ask? Read this interview and find out! See? You learn something new every day!

1. First of all, how has this year been so far for The Quakes?
It’s been okay, the album is doing well and I have had a lot of good comments about it.

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The Quakes- Planet Obscure

Posted by Anita On June - 15 - 2012

The brand spanking new Quakes album Planet Obscure gets started with a burst if energy. There’s the rockabilly twang guitar, an upright bass that clacks along and drums that provide a steady beat. There’s certainly a “pop” feel to some songs but still with that dark psychobilly edge that the band has had since its inception. It must be said the vocals sound different from those earlier albums. There’s more singing and not the more punk style of shouting the lyrics from before. This is to be expected from a band that’s been around as long as they have. The music definitely has to evolve even within genre constraints. Personally I prefer bands that release different sounding albums rather then rehashing the same thing over and over again which gets boring quick.
Some of the songs that I really enjoyed were “Walk Alone” which has a definite Western feel to it. The lyrics and music match so well. You can really feel the “lonely streets” Paul’s singing about.
“You’re a Joke” starts out like an 80s style pop song and turns into faster psychobilly beat only to slow down again. It’s interesting and addresses certain people and their judgmental attitudes.
“Anti-social Girl” I think this song was written about me! Hahaha! It really describes me to a T so how could I not like it? “She’s an anti-social girl
She lives in her own world
She won’t even give them the time of day”
And then there’s “Festa do Estica e Puxa” which is the icing on the cake! I love, love this instrumental song and could play it on repeat! Not only because it’s about Xuxa which was a children’s show from Brazil (shown all over Latin America) back in the 80s and early 90s. If you don’t know about Xuxa, you’re missing out amigo! Anyway, this song sounds like South America having a party which is basically all the time! The guitar drives the action froward, the drums provide a sharp, effective beat and there’s plenty of ska inspired bass rhythm. It’s fantastic! And there’s no need for more then the occasional “hey” being yelled out. This maybe the best tribute to Latin America by a gringo ever. And then things wind down nicely with “All About You” which also features a more ska/latin style of playing. This is good stuff especially with the hot summer months coming along. I say get it now, absolutamente.

The Quakes new album Planet Obscure

The Brains- Drunk Not Dead

Posted by Anita On December - 7 - 2011

This is it folks! It’s all here for your hearing pleasure, pounding drums, hooky guitar riffs, relentless rhythm from that upright bass…yes, it’s The Brains new album! It must be said that there are some insanely catchy songs on this one including “Take What I Want”, “Six Rounds” and “I’m Your Nightmare”.
They make the most effective use of a chorus that I’ve heard in awhile. I dare you to not sing along to these ditties! For that matter I’m willing to bet anything that you’ll get off your seat and start shaking your ass like its possessed by one of those ghosts they sing about. There’s also an interesting multi-lingual flavour to this album with a song in Spanish and in French. I can translate “Gato Calavera” into “Cat Skull” but you really don’t need to know that to enjoy the song!
And in case you haven’t heard apparently the video for “Take What I Want” was banned from Much Music (Canada’s so-called “music” channel) due to the depiction of violence against women. Funny, how they show videos of gangsta rappers every other hour showing far worse violence and misogyny. I love how they become the PC police when dealing with an obscure genre. Ahem, rant over. Anyway this latest outing by The Brains definitely shows how they’ve evolved as a band, keeping their unique sound but growing. This is what makes psychobilly great, it’s the best of both worlds. You can have your old school sounding crooning and slappin’ stand up bass along with the energy of some punk rock guitar riffs and the thudding heartbeat of the drums and add in any other musical influences you may have from metal to surf. Hell, I don’t care if it’s salsa or meringue! The more, the merrier! Definitely get “Drunk Not Dead” this holiday season for you and your loved and even not so loved ones.

The Brains are Drunk Not Dead

Canadian Psycho

Posted by Anita On July - 5 - 2011

Have you ever wondered how people in Canada spend 9 months of the year in a frozen winter wonderland? Watch this documentary and you’ll get an answer! Or maybe not… but you will see some amazing live performances by some of Canada’s best psychobilly, horrorbilly, weirdo-billy bands! Along with exclusive interviews from band members and partcipatants in the local scene. The film was shot in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal so you’ll get a good look at those scene in paticular. For more info please check out and “like” our Facebook page. You’ll find photos, videos and updates about the progress of the film! We hope to have it in film festivals by the winter of 2012. Thanks for your support!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canadian-Psycho/214417471910700#!/pages/Canadian-Psycho/214417471910700?sk=wall
Cheers, Christina

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Natural Born Killers

Posted by Anita On March - 25 - 2011

Natural Born Killers


I wrote this review a couple of years ago, but it still seems relevant today.

Heard on radio this morning: (about Scarborough area in Toronto) “Oh there hasn’t been a shooting there in awhile! And by awhile I mean hours!” (laughs)

Natural Born Killers

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The Koffin Kats – Forever For Hire

Posted by Anita On January - 11 - 2011

If your resolution was to listen to better music this year (and it should’ve been) I’m here to help! How generous of me! Definitely because the Koffin Kats latest album “Forever For Hire” is catchy as hell and one of the best damn psychobilly albums I’ve heard in awhile. It truly is all killer, no filler. There’s not one song that I would skip through or that would make me cringe. All the elements of great rock n roll are here hard hitting drumbeats, catchy guitar hooks and rythmic bass.

Koffin Kats - Forever For Hire

If “rock” is going to survive in the 21st century, there should be more bands releasing more albums like this. If had to pick favourite songs, I’d go with “Wild Ride”, “Graveyard Tree Zero” and “Asylum”. Everything works so well in these songs, both the energetic music and lyrics that actually have something to say. Here’s a sample from “Asylum” “You just could’nt live by the rules, now you stay in the asylum.Ya could’nt fit in like we wanted but in here we can teach you. And if you can’t live by our rules then you’ll die in the asylum. I’m insane, so they say.” I also love the singing, which is important because there are styles of singing I can’t stand. For instance singers who sing through their nose or are too high pitched. Vic Viktor has the voice of a dark angel. No seriously, his singing fits seamlessly with this kind of music which is rare these days.
In some songs you can hear subtle influences from other genres like ska or country which I love because psychobilly was meant to be a blend of different sounds. If it works why the hell not throw it in there? It makes the album as a whole more interesting to hear and keeps this genre from going stale. If you love good rock and can’t seem to find any new stuff that gets you off, consider me the messenger. And the message is this, buy this album. And by all means, watch this band play live if you can. You will not regret it.

The Matadors

Posted by Anita On December - 7 - 2010

If you were wondering what my very first interview was like…and I know that you are..you’re in luck! Because I’ve decided to type it down here and share it with you all..how wonderful! So here are The Matadors from London, Ontario, Canada. I first saw their show in Vancouver and later on attended shows in Toronto. If you have’nt them live, you have’nt lived. So by all means, do so!
This interview was done by e-mail with Hooch, who is the lead singer and guitar player of the Matadors.

A: How was it like growing up in the circus? (This question is based on the bio on their website)

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Koffin Kats

Posted by Anita On November - 27 - 2010

Here it is folks! What you’ve all been waiting for the Koffin Kats interview that took place live in Toronto, Canaduh! After years of being insanely jealous of American psychobilly fans who get to see such bands every other day; I finally got to see the Koffin Kats energetic live show. Finally a band that sings about death but does not look dead on the stage! That’s just my cup of tea! If it’s yours too then don’t miss their show if it’s in town. And with that said, it’s on to the interview!
The Koffin Kats are Vic Viktor, Ian and E Ball Walls

A: How would you describe your music for people who don’t have a clue?

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The Voodoo, The Vampire and The Zombie

Posted by Anita On November - 12 - 2010

Hey there…looking for a new comic series? Maybe with some manga influences? And some classic monsters? Then look no further then “Queen Voodoo”! And even if you’re not…look into it too, you may be pleasantly surprised…or not. Whichever, c’est la vie.

So what’s it about?
To put it simply it’s the heartwarming story about a Voodoo Queen and her zombie. There’s also stories about a group of ancient vampires and demons thrown in for good measure.
The series opens up in the 1950s in Vancouver, British Columbia and from there it’ll go on to many other times and places. This is only the beginning!! And every story needs a beginning so there you have it.

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The Nekromantix

Posted by Anita On September - 21 - 2010

By Anita Fixx
This was my first time ever interviewing on the phone so this is how it goes. I call and ask:
“Uh hi is this Kim?” Voice on other side says “Yeah it’s Kim.How are you?” “Oh good…it’s Anita from Absolute Underground. So how are you doing?” “Good I’m just a bit stressed out because I’ve been in the studio with my other band The Horrorpops and then I’m touring.” So we launch into a discussion about the two bands. Which leads to something I want to ask, “How come The Horrorpops have
come up to Canada a few times but not the Nekromantix?”
He says “We wanted to come but it hasn’t been able to happen yet. It’s difficult to juggle the two bands. It takes a lot of time” Does it have anything to do with border trouble?
“No it’s not really a problem. The thing is some bands don’t want to do all the paper work and pay for the merch to get up there so then there’s trouble.”

AF: So onto B-movies what do you like about them and what are your favorites?
Nekro: I like the silent movies that had no words; they just show everything with images. Nosferatu is my ultimate favorite, it’s just fucking gothic and I like Evil Dead. It’s a classic.

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Season Of Nightmares

Posted by Anita On September - 14 - 2010

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Season of Nightmares : Psychobilly from the West Coast!

Season of Nightmares

Here is an interview with a band called Season of Nightmares. If you haven’t heard their album yet “Monster Mash from the Fifth Dimension” run and get it! Really, if you like good psychobilly and have a twisted sense of humour you can’t go wrong…especially now that it’s Halloween time. Wicked! Just watch out for those apples stuffed with razor blades. Cheers, Anita Fixx

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Repo The Genetic Opera Review

Posted by Anita On September - 13 - 2010

Repo! The Genetic Opera
Ever wanted to see an opera set in the not too distant future about a man who’s job description is to repossess people’s organ transplants when they’re missed a payment? Of course you have! And here’s your
chance! It’s produced and directed by the people who brought you three of the “Saw” movies. Honestly I’m not a fan at all of those movies; in fact I hate them but Repo! Did look different so I gave it a chance. I’m glad I did.

It’s funny because the director was in attendance and someone asked him if he preferred the Saw franchise or Repo, he replied without thinking it over “Repo!”. The sad fact is if you want to make a living as a filmmaker you have to make the more commercial shit unless you want to spend your daytime hours saying,
“do you want fries with that?” So leave your judgments and expectations at the door this is not like anything you’ve seen or heard. It is refreshing to see something so original up on the big screen considering all the re-makes and sequels clogging the multiplex. So not surprisingly this is a very limited release, if it’s showing at a theatre near you go see it now!

Repo! Is set in a future where a large corporation named Geneco has made a profit out of human illness and suffering kind of like our present! Failure to make payments results in repossession of your organ transplants and the Repo men are not exactly known for their gentle treatment of debt-ridden clients.

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