What comes first on a list of awesome things about Nekromantix? Is it that the band's frontman slaps a bass that's shaped like a coffin (complete with a tiny cross on top)? Is it the hot-as-hell female drummer with flaming-red Bettie Page hair? Or is it the fact that Nekromantix's double-bass-drum punk fired up the first mosh pit last night that I'd ever seen on the Record Bar's floor?
Hell, it's probably all three - and I haven't even gotten to the band's sound yet.
If you want to know what Nekromantix sounds like, just take a peek at the band members' haircuts. See the 'do of the frontman, Kim Nekroman? It's a crew cut; but it's a pompadour and a mowhawk, too. The band sneaks by under the moniker of "psychobilly," but Nekromantix's sound is much closer to the dirty, dark CBGB punk of the late '70s, mixed with the yokel flavor of twangy, surf-ridden rockabilly and a heavy dose of horror movie kitsch. (After all, you've got to have a sense of humor to pen a tune like "Horny In a Hearse.")
The band counted off its thrashing rockabilly songs with a flip of the bird before launching into pummeling hardcore beats that had even the most crusty of punks pumping their fists. (And head-locking other fans on the floor.) Of course, the band could slow it down, traditional-style, too, showcasing a swaying two-step that was punctuated by shredded screams rather than hiccups.