Zombina & The Skeletones ‘That Doll Just Tried To Kill Me’ – EP review

Zombina & The Skeletones ‘That Doll Just Tried To Kill Me’ EP (Ectoplastic)
Released 31st October 20122

The brand new five track EP from Liverpool’s schlock rock horror punks released to mark Halloween will definitely not keep the spooks away…for those unfamiliar with Zombina & The Skeletones this download only EP is crammed with typical tongue in cheek camp it up slasher horror set to a genre mashing punk/surf/rockabilly and lounge beat – the musical equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster and hey; we all love that beastie!!

‘Ginferno’ comes across as The Adams Family pursued by Dick Dale down Interstate 65, hell for leather guitar licks, deep deep sax powered by Chevy fuelled beats before Mistress Zombina interrupts proceedings with a vocal burst of the Belle Stars ‘The Clapping Song’ you know…the “My mama told me if I was goody/That she would buy me a rubber dolly” except the dolly in Zombina’s world is truly demonic and attempts to bite Mistress Zombina over a rollicking psychobilly beat; things turn decidedly darker for ‘Born Without A Head’ a 90second speed punk burst. Frankie himself gets a mention during ‘I Was A Teenage Frankenstein’ – a ludicrously brief garage rocker complete with Farfisa keys and rich brass as Zombina howls lupine style…before Dr. Frankenstein exits his lab, dons his smoking jacket, sips Chianti from a goblet crafted from the skull of a sacrificed virgin and relaxes to a lounge version of ‘Ginferno’ – there just isn’t enough lounge music these days, why save it all for Halloween?

Zombina & The Skeletones totally encapsulates Halloween, dark humour laced with salacious titbits; their songs like Frankenstein himself – an unorthodox scientific experiment and this alchemy has just created gold!!

Zombina & The Skeletones ‘That Doll Just Tried To Kill Me’ – EP review

Zombina are appearring at Psycho Motel XV ‘The Killers Clash Halloween Party’ @ The Kazimier, Liverpool Saturday 3rd November 2012

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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