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Henrik Niedermeir of HorrorPops

Rockin’ Just Like Thelma & Louise

It’s been about five years since the HorrorPops went Hollywood and relocated from Denmark to Los Angeles, and now the group is taking it one step further with a new album inspired by various B-movies, Alfred Hitchcock and Thelma & Louise. The group, fronted by standup bassist/vocalist Patricia Day, returns to San Francisco with its mix of punk, psychobilly and pop for a show at Slim’s on February 8th. Drummer Henrik Niedermeir spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from Los Angeles.

SF Station (SFS): Between Patricia’s standup bass in front of you and the go-go dancers, do you ever feel like you get lost in the crowd when you go on tour?

Henrik Niedermeir (HN): No, not really. We interact a lot on stage and have fun together.

SFS: It must be distracting sometimes with the dancers.

HN: It can be tough sometimes, but I’m used to it now. They have more or less always been there, so sometimes I don’t even see them at all.

SFS: How did the movie theme for the new album develop?

HN: We have always been big fans of old movies, shitty B-movies, short films and stuff like that. Even before we moved to America, we used to have movie nights at Patricia’s place in Copenhagen. We’d watch shitty, old movies on 8mm and video. It’s always been something we have been fascinated with.

SFS: Did your move to L.A. a few years ago have much of an influence on the new album?

HN: No, but it is the entertainment capital and it’s around you every day. L.A. is really just one big suburb, isn’t it?

SFS: Yeah -- do you like living there?

HN: I like the climate a lot better than Copenhagen. Moving to another country is a big thing. We’ve been over here for almost five years now. We are getting used to it, and I like it here.

SFS: What was the biggest challenge for you, at first?

HN: We all spoke English when we got here, but we are getting a little better with the lingo. It’s different from Europe, but it’s the same too. It’s the little differences that make it weird sometimes.

SFS: Was it primarily a business move for you?

HN: Yeah, definitely. Our record company is based out of here. We come from a country with five-and-a-half million people in it, so you can’t tour as much as you can over here. The whole reason for moving here was to tour. I guess, now that we are more established, we could move anywhere but it is just easier being here.

SFS: Why did you go back to a trio format for this album?

HN: It was a logical step, I think. Geoff [Kresge, now of Tiger Army] left to concentrate on his other band, so we said, “OK, fuck it. It’s back to the three of us, as we started.” It was back to basics and how it started, and it felt really good. Communication is a little easier when we are rehearsing or recording because we are all Danish and we can speak Danish together. It makes things easier.

SFS: Are you bringing any other musicians along for the tour?

HN: No, we are a trio, so it’s going to be tough and rockin’.

HorrorPops perform at Slim’s on February 8th. Tickets are $15 and the concert starts at 9pm.