Let’s solve a puzzle none has solved yet… if we dare…
What is Horror Punk?
Well, this ist what Wikipedia says: Horror punk (sometimes called horror rock) is a music genre that mixes gothic and punk rock sounds with morbid or violent imagery and lyrics, which are often influenced by horror films or science fiction B-Movies. The genre is similar to and sometimes overlaps with deathrock, although deathrock leans more towards an atmospheric Gothic rock sound while horror punk leans towards a 1950s-influenced doo-wop and rockabilly sound. Horrorpunk music is typically more aggressive and melodic than deathrock.
Well, I am the Dead Doctor and not someone who has time to write articles on Wikipedia, so I have a completely different description:
Horror Punk contains the words HORROR, an old chthonian word that means „Hey, that movie with the guy/girl eaten by zombies/killed by weird monsters was really fun!“ and the word PUNK that is originally from a language that the great old ones and their leader, Cthulhu, spoke and that translates „I don’t give a wet fuck about your rules, I do what I like!“
So basically it is nearly any kind of Rock’n’Roll music with eerie and gory lyrics. You can do punk rock, rockabilly, psychobilly, something close to metal or even goth rock and mix it with a singing style like Glenn Danzig, Pete Steele, Lemmy or goddamn Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Anything that suits your sound. Then you spice it up with some weird, spooky costumes and make up and there you are.
But why is there so many people that are trying to tell everybody what the true Horror Punk is?
Well, it is the same thing like with heavy metal. All people are equal, but some are more equal than others! Some people just need to troll about what is the only truth in this or that or whatever.
Does that mean that your band is not horrorpunk because you don’t sing like Glenn Danzig? Nope, it just means you simply can’t please everybody.
Here is my advice: If everybody in your band is pleased with your music and your audience and fans are too but there is still a few who aren’t, WHO CARES? You don’t have to sound like the Misfits, like Blitzkid or any other better known band. Your band has to sound like your band. It has to do the songs you want and not the ones anyone else wants.
Always remember, the old word PUNK translates: „I don’t give a wet fuck about your rules, I do what I like!“