Interesting fact: according to newly revised statistics, Denmark had the world’s highest tax level in 2007, at 63 percent.
Well, interesting if you’re a fourth-year economics student jonesing for an internship at BusinessWeek. To the rest of us, this info is about as exhilarating as a Golden Girls marathon with your senile aunt, but the above taxation tidbit is strangely fascinating when recounted by Patricia Day, the vivacious front woman of HorrorPops.
Chatting to the charismatic singer and upright bassist about the tattooed trio’s upcoming tour in support of its new record, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill, it becomes apparent that mile-long, jet-black lashes and a heavy Scandinavian accent go a long way toward making mundane political factoids seem enthralling.
The charismatic front woman is on the phone to the Straight from L.A., where HorrorPops relocated in 2003. Although it’s only 11 a.m., it’s hard to envision Day in anything but sky-high heels and a girly pinup dress-staples of her trademark look. Funnily, though, she claims that she doesn’t obsess over how she looks on a day-to-day basis, the same going for her equally colourful bandmates, guitarist Kim Nekroman and drummer Henrik Niedermeier.
“It’s kind of funny-my image is not something I consider,” Day says. “All three of us have always been the way we are. It’s not something we grew into-we basically came out that way. So going from the kids at school that nobody talked to, to all of a sudden being in Vogue magazine-and all these fashion statements being said about us-is actually really fucking funny.”
Make no mistake: the Danish expats have more to offer than neon-coloured Mohawks and impeccable taste in retro-psychobilly wear. The recently released Kiss Kiss Kill Kill proves it.
“The third album is a good all-around circle for HorrorPops,” Day muses. “I think we went back towards where we started-where our big theme or only rule was to not have any rules or genre limitations-we went back to that whole, ”˜Let’s just play whatever style we want to.’ ”
From new-wave party anthems like “Heading for the Disco?” to the ska-tinged “MissFit” to the surf-guitar-driven “HorrorBeach Part II”, HorrorPops have indeed crafted an impressive collection of songs that bounce effortlessly between genres, a departure from 2005’s rock-oriented Bring It On!
The band will be passing through town later this week to showcase the new material, but Day insists that while she hopes fans will enjoy the performance, she doesn’t really give much thought to how the crowd will react. “We do what we do, and either fail hopelessly at it or we succeed,” she says. “If you start doing things because you want your fans to keep liking you, then you’re totally off track, in my opinion.”
Horrorpops play Richard’s on Richards on Sunday (October 5).