Koffin Kats 

With Davey Casket and the Ghouls, Brooklyn Vampire, The Paranormals
The Underground, Harrison Center for the Arts,
Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. doors, $7, all-ages

Few sub-genres of punk rock have as much character and vitality as psychobilly. Detroit’s Koffin Kats are a prime example of an American psychobilly band. Like their peers, Tiger Army, the Koffin Kats incorporate various aspects of Americana to create a truly bizarre form of entertainment.

Drawing heavily from the movies, fashion and attitudes from 1950s pop-culture and mixing it with the dark imagery of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, the Koffin Kats weave an eerily enjoyable musical net around the listener.

The Kats are deadly serious about what they do, but are very tongue-in-cheek about the whole production. Their music conjures memories of early Elvis, Danzig-era Misfits, The Cramps and The Reverend Horton Heat, complete with upright bass. Their sound is rooted in country and rockabilly, but has a heavy punk thrash to it. Soaring guitar work over the thump of the upright mixes surprisingly well with the croon/wail of lead singer Vic Victor.

Opening for the Kats are local horror punks Davey Casket and the Ghouls. These creeps may be young, but they have a deep understanding of the sound and the mood of horror rock. Also opening are Richmond punks Brooklyn Vampire, who, with their brooding sound, will fit the bill perfectly. It may not be Halloween yet, but it’s never too early for a little terror in your punk rock.

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