Nekromantix frontman Kim Nekroman insists hes not any angrier on his bands new album, Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! But now that the Dane has lived in the U.S. for four years, hes able to articulate his thoughts more clearly. Its more transparent now, he says. I have a better insider knowledge to the language. Im coming through a little better this time. (The Nekromantix headline the Hellcat Records Tour, which comes to town tonight.)
The psychobilly trio has been making records since 1989. Life Is a Grave picks up where 2004s Dead Girls Dont Cry left off. Songs like Nekrohigh, Horny in a Hearse, and Panic at the Morgue focus on Nekromantixs favorite pastimes, namely sex and death -- preferably enjoyed at the same time. Its everyday life wrapped up in little scary stories, says Nekroman. Its about putting things in perspective.
Life Is a Grave was recorded mostly in Nekromans L.A. garage. The music he, new guitarist TröyDeströy, and new drummer Andy DeMize make sounds like a cross between 50s greaser rock and 80s California punk --capped with a dash of monster mash. Surf guitars and crashing rhythms collide in fast, furious songs that recall a low-budget slasher pics equally low-budget soundtrack. People ask me, Why all this death? says Nekroman. Well, death is a part of life. In order to appreciate the good things, you need to see the bad things.
Yet, its all for laughs, he says. Im from a country where sarcasm is a very important part of life. If people cant see the humor in the songs, thats their problem. And Nekromans dedication to the music is still strong -- 18 years after he first plugged in and started writing songs like Alice in Psycholand. I really dont think theres a message to my music, he says. Its entertainment for adults.
Sat., May 19, 8 p.m.