October 20, 2005
HorrorPops, Bring It On!
Hellcat Records, 2005
HorrorPops can dress up their music with psychobilly dress and garage
punk hair but that doesn’t change the fact that these kids are playing
straight up rock and roll.
How straight up? Ignore for a moment how many songs are about a girl
taking her bloody revenge on a lover who left her or a girl running out
on a lover because feelings are creepy. These songs have a sort of
sock-hop-at-Rock-High feel. Bring It On! starts out with punky
anti-establishment “Freaks in Uniforms” — a cheery little anthem for the
nonconformist. But then it dives right in to the screwed-by-love tracks
with “Hit ‘N’ Run” which sounds like the sort of energetic pop that Gwen
Stefani thinks she makes. Despite the snarls of lead vocalist Patricia
Day, the music is relentlessly upbeat.
Actually, it’s this “say it loud” spirit that makes the HorrorPops so
much bouncy fun. Whether Day is crooning that she is “Lost in your arms/
There goes my freedom” or telling the boy she’s cried over that he’s
“Mean, mean man/ Selfish son of a bitch” she says it with the same woo-hoo-ness
that you might say “free beer!” or “free lipgloss!” (something about
Day’s voice makes you think she’d be equally excited about both). Then
there are lines like “And you wanna hold hands/ in the cemetery…And
everything is dark/ & kind of scary” that are so cutely peppy Day might
as well be singing about how her boyfriend’s back, hey-la. Throw a
spiked corset over the poodle skirt when you dance to this one.