Nekromantix

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Nekromantix
Nekromantix 2011-08-13 05.jpg
Nekromantix performing in 2011. Left to right: Nekroman, Lux, and Mesa
Background information
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Psychobilly
Years active 1989–present
Labels Hellcat, Intermusic, Record Music Denmark, E.S.P., Kick Music, Nervous, Tombstone
Associated acts HorrorPops, Rezurex, The Rocketz
Website www.myspace.com/nekromantix
Members Kim Nekroman
Francisco Mesa
Lux
Past members Jens Brygman
Paolo Molinari
Peter Sandorff
Peek
Ian Dawn
Grim Tim Handsome
Søren Munk Petersen
Kristian Sandorff
Tröy Deströy
Wasted James
Andy DeMize
Pete Belair

The Nekromantix are a Danish-American psychobilly band formed in 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their music is generally structured around monster and horror themes. A central icon of the band's image is founder and frontman Kim Nekroman's "coffinbass", a custom-built double bass with a body in the shape of a coffin and a headstock the shape of a cross. Nekroman has been the sole constant member of the band, the rest of the current lineup consisting of guitarist Franc and drummer Lux.

The Nekromantix released five albums on various European record labels during their first decade, then crossed over to American audiences in the early 2000s by signing to Los Angeles-based Hellcat Records, through which they have released three albums since 2002. Their eighth studio album, What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell, was released in August 2011.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Nekromantix were formed in 1989 in Copenhagen by Kim Nekroman after he left the Danish Navy, in which he had been a submarine radio operator for eight years.[1] Deciding to launch a new career in music, he initially played drums in a rockabilly band prior to the foundation of Nekromantix.[citation needed]

Learning to play the double bass and to sing, Nekroman set about forming a horror-themed psychobilly band with himself as the frontman. Initially consisting of Nekroman, guitarist Paolo Molinari and drummer Jens Brygman, the band took the name Nekromantix.[2][3]

A centerpiece of the band's image was Nekroman's self-constructed "coffinbass," an upright bass in the shape of a coffin. The first of these was constructed using an actual child-sized coffin, but over the years he has constructed new models in order to achieve better acoustics and collapsibility for easier transportation.[3] By the time of the band's first official recordings, Molinari and Brygman had been replaced respectively by Peter Sandorff and Sebastian Jensen, who used the pseudonym Peek.[4]

Nekroman's coffinbass

After six months of practice and two local performances in Copenhagen at the Stengade 30 club, the Nekromantix appeared at large psychobilly festival in Hamburg, Germany.[citation needed] Their performance earned them a recording contract with Tombstone Records for their first album Hellbound. The band began touring Europe and built a name for themselves in the European psychobilly movement, which at the time was largely dominated by British acts.[2] In 1991 the band released their second album Curse of the Coffin through Nervous Records and supported it with a music video for the title track which received some play on the MTV program Alternative Nation.[citation needed]

Lineup changes[edit]

In 1992 both Peek and Sandorff left the band. They were replaced by guitarist Jan Daggry and drummer Tim Kristensen, who used the stage names Ian Dawn ("Dawn" being an English translation of the Danish name Daggry) and Grim Tim Handsome. This lineup recorded the album Brought Back to Life, released in 1994, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Heavy Metal Album."[2]

Daggry then left the band and was replaced on tour first by Emil Oelund and then by Thormod, until the band found new permanent guitarist Søren Munk Petersen.[4] The Nekroman/Petersen/Kristensen lineup recorded 1996's Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend. During this time the band toured most of Europe including Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, and France, and also toured Japan. They began to achieve cult status in the United States,[citation needed] where their albums were as yet only available as imports.

At a 1996 festival in Cologne, Germany Nekroman met fellow Copenhagen native Patricia Day, with whom he launched a new band called HorrorPops with himself on guitar and Day on double bass and lead vocals.[citation needed] The two would later marry, and their activity with HorrorPops put the Nekromantix on hold for several years, during which time Kristensen and Petersen both left the band.

International success[edit]

In 1997 Peter Sandorff returned to Nekromantix, bringing along his brother, Kristian, to play drums. In 1999 the band played a tenth-anniversary performance at Stengade 30 in Copenhagen, where they had performed their first shows after forming the band.[citation needed] This performance was recorded by Danish National Radio for a series of live shows and released the following year as the live album Undead 'n' Live. In 2000 the Nekromantix played their first performances in the United States, beginning with the first annual New York City "Psychobilly Rumble" and continuing with a nine-date tour of the west coast.[2]

In February 2001 Nekroman gave a demo of new songs to Rancid singer/guitarist and Hellcat Records label owner Tim Armstrong, a longtime fan of the band.[citation needed] The Nekromantix soon signed to the Los Angeles-based Hellcat and released the 2002 album Return of the Loving Dead. Recorded in Denmark, it was the band's first album to be widely distributed in the U.S. and helped make them part of an emerging psychobilly movement on the west coast centered around the Hellcat label and spearheaded by bands such as Tiger Army. The album was supported with a music video for the song "Gargoyles Over Copenhagen" and the band toured the United States several times.

Move to the United States[edit]

Guitarist Francisco Mesa (right) joined the band in 2009, while drummer Lux (center) joined in 2010.

Following the release of Return of the Loving Dead Nekroman relocated to Los Angeles, touring and recording two albums with the HorrorPops. The Sandorff brothers remained in Denmark, and recording of the Nekromantix' 2004 album Dead Girls Don't Cry was done almost entirely in Los Angeles, with only Peter Sandorff's backing vocals recorded in Copenhagen. In April 2005 the Sandorffs left the band leaving only Nekroman in band.[5] To replace them Nekroman recruited guitarist Troy Russel (Tröy Deströy) and drummer James Mesa (Wasted James) of the California-based psychobilly band the Rezurex. That year the band's third album Brought Back to Life was remastered and re-released by Hellcat under the title Brought Back Again.

Recent activity[edit]

In May 2006 Meza left the Nekromantix, later joining Tiger Army. He was replaced by Andrew Martinez (Andy DeMize) of The Rocketz. Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! was released in April 2007. In November 2007 the band announced Tröy Deströy's departure to focus on a solo career. Pete Belair of the Australian band Firebird was announced as the band's new guitarist and performed with them during their 2008 tours, living in Australia complicated things and Francisco Mesa, formerly of Barcelona-based Nightbreed and Ultimo Asalto, joined as a permanent guitarist.[6]

Nekromantix at the Satanic Stomp in 2008

On January 11, 2009 Martinez was killed in an automobile collision.[7][8] The following month it was announced that Lux, formerly of Mystery Hangup and Sacred Storm, would be Martinez's replacement. The band's first female member, Lux stated that the Nekromantix would tour North America with Reverend Horton Heat during the summer and record a new album later in the year.[9] The band's eighth studio album, What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell, was released August 2, 2011.[10] The band will support the album with a tour of the United States from July to September 2011.[10] On April 2014, it was announced that Lux would depart from the band. It was later announced in June 2014 that Adam Guerrero would replace Lux as the new Nekromantix drummer.

Band members[edit]

Nekromantix lineups
1989
1989–1993
Hellbound
Curse of the Coffin
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Peter Sandorff – guitar
  • Peek – drums
1993–1995
Brought Back to Life
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Ian Dawn – guitar
  • Grim Tim Handsome – drums
1995–1996
Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Søren Munk Petersen – guitar
  • Grim Tim Handsome – drums
1997–2005
Undead 'n' Live
Return of the Loving Dead
Dead Girls Don't Cry
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Peter Sandorff – guitar
  • Kristian Sandorff – drums
2005–2006
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Tröy Deströy – guitar
  • Wasted James – drums
2006–2007
Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Tröy Deströy – guitar
  • Andy DeMize – drums
2007–2008
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Pete Belair – guitar
  • Andy DeMize – drums
2009–present
What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell
  • Kim Nekroman – "coffinbass", vocals
  • Francisco Mesa – guitar
  • Lux – drums


Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

  • Lux – drums (2009–2014)
  • Paolo Molinari – guitar (1989)[4]
  • Jens Brygman – drums (1989))[4]
  • Peek (Sebastian Jensen) – drums (1989–1993)
  • Peter Sandorff – guitar, backing vocals (1989–1993, 1997–2005)
  • Ian Dawn (Jan Daggry) – guitar, backing vocals (1993–1994)
  • Emil Oelund – guitar (1994–1995)
  • Thormod – guitar (1995)
  • Søren Munk Petersen – guitar, backing vocals (1995–1996)
  • Grim Tim Handsome (Tim Kristensen) – drums (1993–1996)
  • Kristian Sandorff – drums (2000–2005)
  • Wasted James (James Meza) – drums (2005–2006)
  • Tröy Deströy – guitar, backing vocals (2005–2007)
  • Pete Belair – guitar, backing vocals (2007–2008)
  • Andy DeMize (Andrew Martinez) – drums (2006–2009)[7]


Discography[edit]

Nekromantix discography
Releases
Studio albums 8
Live albums 1
Singles 3
Music videos 3

The discography of the Nekromantix consists of eight studio albums, one live album, three singles, and three music videos.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
Independent
[11][12]
Heatseekers
[11][13]
1989 Hellbound[14]
1991 Curse of the Coffin[15]
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Nervous
  • Format: CD, LP
1994 Brought Back to Life
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Intermusic
  • Format: CD
1996 Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend[16]
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Record Music Denmark
  • Format: CD
2002 Return of the Loving Dead[17]
  • Released: February 12, 2002
  • Label: Hellcat
  • Format: CD, LP
2004 Dead Girls Don't Cry[18]
  • Released: April 27, 2004
  • Label: Hellcat
  • Format: CD, LP
43
2007 Life Is a Grave & I Dig It![19]
  • Released: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Hellcat
  • Format: CD, LP
21
2011 What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell[10]
  • Released: August 2, 2011
  • Label: Hellcat
  • Format: CD, LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2000 Undead 'n' Live[20]
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: E.S.P. / Kick Music
  • Format: CD, LP

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
1994 "Jack the Stripper" Brought Back to Life
1996 "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend" Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend
2004 "Dead Bodies" n/a
"n/a" denotes singles that are not from albums.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
1991 "Curse of the Coffin" Curse of the Coffin
2002 "Gargoyles Over Copenhagen" Return of the Loving Dead
2007 "Horny in a Hearse" Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Romancing the Bones". Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nekromantix". Starkult Promotion. Retrieved 2007-07-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Thursby, Eric (April 26, 2007). "On the Lighter Side of Death: Interview With Nekromantix". EU Jacksonville. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "FAQ's and other useful info". Nekromantix official MySpace profile. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Nekromantix Lose Guitarist, Drummer". Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Nekromantix ReVamped! & Still NekroTastic". Nekromantix official MySpace profile. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Andrew Martinez of Nekromantix (1983-2009)". Punknews.org. January 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  8. ^ Wener, Ben (2009-01-12). "Nekromantix drummer Andy DeMize, 25, dies in car crash". ocregister.com. OC Register. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Lux joins Nekromantix". Punknews.org. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  10. ^ a b c Yancey, Bryne (2011-05-26). "Nekromantix Announce What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  11. ^ a b "Nekromantix: Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  12. ^ "Nekromantix Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  13. ^ "Nekromantix Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  14. ^ "Hellbound". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  15. ^ "Curse of the Coffin". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  16. ^ "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  17. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Return of the Loving Dead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  18. ^ "Dead Girls Don't Cry". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  19. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann. "Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  20. ^ "Live Undead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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