Artist Spotlight…. Nekromantix…. The story of the Nekromantix began back in 1989; the band was founded by Kim Nekroman, who just had left the Royal Danish Navy after having lost 8 years of his life in a submarine. After two local danish shows, the band appeared on a big festival in Hamburg, Germany, only six month after their first rehearsal session. This resulted in a record deal for the first Nekromantix album: Hellbound. By that time the psychobilly scene was mainly dominated by british bands, and world-wide psycho fans welcomed the Nekromantix new and different style. The music is best described in terms like “Elvis meets the Wolfman”, add punk attitude and spice it up with a universe of monster movies lyrics. Outrageous wildness on stage and the well known coffin bass have proved that it is allowed to have fun.
After heavy touring all over Europe, the Nekromantix released Curse of the Coffin in 1991. The same titled low budget video was shown several times on MTV’s “Alternative Nation”. This classic album was to become an influence for new bands for the years to come.The follow-up album Brought back to Life, in 1994, resulted in the only psychobilly band ever being nominated for a Grammy Award, followed by a tour in Japan. It is considered by many as their masterpiece and as a perfect album.The fourth album, the critically acclaimed and also controversed Demons are a Girls Best Friend, was released in 1996 and the Nekromantix appeared in the news on Danish national TV, followed by several European festival appearances and tours.Their fifth real album was the awaited live album, Undead’n’Live, which includes all on stage favorite tunes. As Kaptain Zorch said, “they obviously care about their music, and go to great pains to reproduce their recorded sound live on stage.”
2001… The sixth album, Return Of The Loving Dead, was produced and released in the USA, with still the same philosophy than the others. Why the USA ? It is still a great mystery, but some have their own idea about it. A kind of “successful career achievement” parody, or maybe just not to do like the Stray Cats did… Unless it was just a good deal for them, who knows? Even the band doesn’t!
Despite the fact that all their albums has been low budget recordings released on small independent labels and that absolutely no money was spent for promoting, the Nekromantix have achieved world-wide acceptance and been touring Japan, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain and Denmark.
In 2004, the Nekromantix are back with Dead Girls Don’t Cry, still produced and released in the USA, in record time. Meanwhile, the band is still heavy touring across the world. But most of all, the philosophy is still the same: “have fun and hold nothing sacred.”
2007 Life is A Grave & I dig it, is released, showing that Nekromantix is a band that constantly possess the element of surprise. Never making the same album twice. All the Nekro hallmarks are hit the frenzy, the attitude, the horror, Nekroman’s pumping coffin bass. The difference is the band sounds like hell on wheels. The guitar is cleaner, but meaner, and sounds like the demonic manifestation of departed rockabilly guitar heroes but flying high on his own crazy, skittering brand of guitar wail.
We are thrilled to welcome them to the stage at the 2016 So-Cal Hoedown on Aug 13th in Santa Ana.