Revered psychobilly trio Nekromantix have “emerged from the depths of isolation to unleash their latest sonic creation, a monstrous slab of demonic rock and roll entitled What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell.” So says Hellcat Records, so you better believe it.
What better band to test-drive what, by mid-summer, will be a newly expanded (350+ capacity) and refurbished Monterey Club in Fort Lauderdale. The cozy rockabilly bar has already been host to some top national touring acts, but its small capacity (around 150) has kept some of the bigger bands from playing there.
That all ends when The Monterey’s new live music room roars to life this summer. The club, which is located on U.S. 1 just north of Fort Lauderdale International Airport (next to the Gold Coast Roller Skating Rink), has taken over the space next door, previously occupied by a motorcycle shop.
Work has begun and plans call for a large stage and PA, possibly even a full liquor bar (it’s currently beer and wine). Good news indeed for “South Florida’s home for rockabilly, punk, hardcore, metal, roots country, and tattooed misfits,” as the website touts.
Formed in Denmark in 1989, the hard-touring Nekromantix are one of the pioneers of the “second wave” of psychobilly (a mixture of punk and rockabilly) in the early 1990s. Led by vocalist/bassist Kim Nekroman and his distinctive stand-up “coffin bass,” the Nekromantix have become the torch-bearers for the genre.
The band’s sound is a rapid-fire mix of surging anthemic punk and reverb-soaked rockabilly. The new album, which hits stores Aug. 2, features such riotous tunes as Bats in my Pants, Sleepwalker with a Gun and Bela Lugosi’s Star.
Monday, Sept. 5 – Nekromantix with The Howlers and Brain Chips at The Monterey Club, 2608A S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. (954) 598-1887. Ages 18 and older welcome. Tickets $15 in advance online at Slammie.MusicToday.com and by phone at (800) 594-TIXX. Also $15 at the door, 8 p.m.
See photos from past Nekromantix shows