Warped Tour 2008: The Horrorpops

The Horrorpops at the Cleveland Warped Tour 2008

The Horrorpops at the Cleveland Warped Tour 2008

I don’t know if The Horrorpops really got a lot of love at the Warped Tour here in Cleveland.  I don’t think a lot of the people there really got them.

I like psychobilly.  I’m not always prepared for it in large doses but I like the aesthetic of it.  The Horrorpops didn’t disappoint me.  I had first heard of them a few years ago on Rancid Radio, I believe.  I loved the whole look of them.  The retro look that goes along with the genre is right up my alley.  I never got out and bought an album, though.  I guess it was out of mind just as quickly at that time.

I loved them live.  I was completely surprised that Patricia Day played the upright bass (I hadn’t seen them play yet).  She rocks – she’s tough and hot and feels like she’ll at least speak sweetly to you while she’s kicking you ass.  Nekroman is a great matching front man for her.  I love the play of the two of them together.  I don’t think too many people in the crowd appreciated that – I think a lot of them were jammed in there waiting for the rest of the acts that would be on that stage later.  But hopefully their stuff stuck with some of them.

The best part?  A band called Automatic Loveletter, who to me looked and, for the 3 minutes I listened to, sounded like another cookie-cutter emo-pop-psuedo-punk outfit*, was supposed to be playing on the stage next to Hurley.com immediately after The Horrorpops.  The Horrorpops were running a little behind and they certainly didn’t seem to care.  Automatic Loveletter came out to start their set and at the same time The Horrorpops started up their last song.  AL was left standing on the stage looking like idiots for a good 5 minutes at least – it was great.  It was just nice to see some of the punks come out on top for a change.

*I have a number of those bands on my playlists so I’m not really knocking them.  We found a new one that we really like, Between the Trees, at the tour this year.  I’m just getting tired of them making up SO much of the Warped Tour line-ups.


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Who am I and what am I doing here? Well, at the end of the day I'm a mother and a wife, a lover of classic monster movies and comic books, of music, TV and movies. I'm a sucker for pop culture. I'm a fangirl. I'm an artist. As my husband always puts it, "Baby, you're a mess!" I have a penchant for creating and collecting. I feed my brain with a mix of anything from hot rods and pin-ups to handmade and natural. I like to dig in the dirt and grow things but sometimes picture myself doing it like Donna Reed. I will always, always choose to wear a dress first. I am head over heels in love with my husband and have a fantastically crazy life with him. Follow all our adventures and musings on our blog at https://blakow.wordpress.com. Twitter: @mamasamess Pinterest & Polyvore: mamasamess
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2 Responses to Warped Tour 2008: The Horrorpops

  1. Katy says:

    hi! I’ve been reading a few of your posts on music and I must day you have pretty good taste.

    There’s a band that I think you might like actually… they are called War Tapes and they’ve actually got a free download dealio goin on right now if you’d like to snag it: http://sarathan.com/free/wartapes

    let me know if you like ’em!

  2. kissthelibrarian says:

    Thanks, Katy! I checked out the download and it reminds me of some of the late eighties “progressive” stuff which is near and dear to me! I’m going to spend a little more time listening to their stuff on myspace but I think it’s a nice addition to my collection, so far.

    Thanks, again, for the recommendation and for stopping by!

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