S&S Presents


Hi Fi Murder, Utah County Swillers

Sun · October 1, 2017

8:00 pm

$14 ADV / $16 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Never self-serious while far from a joke at the same time, Nekromantix is a musical unearthing of the biggest themes from the greatest works of monster, zombie, vampire, werewolf and b-horror fiction; ripped from literature, comic book pages or classic celluloid. Nekromantix chases a darkly romantic muse with an even darker humor.
The Nekromantix catalog boasts enduring genre classics like the unapologetically hooky yet undeniably fierce “Who Killed the Cheerleader?” and “Gargoyles Over Copenhagen” alongside subversively sentimental cuts like “Haunted Cathouse” and “Subcultural Girl.” There are echoes of rock n’ roll’s greats and punk rock icons alike, all with modern flair.
A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes broadens the Nekromantix legacy with expansive ambition that never sacrifices the trio’s inherent grittiness, furiously stoking and reshaping the flames of the creative vision begun in Denmark with legendary labels like Nervous Records, through the band’s master classes in punk n’ roll albums stateside with Hellcat Records, the label cofounded by Tim Armstrong and Brett Gurewitz.
Armed with his signature coffin bass, chilling baritone, monstrous expressions and ten-stories-tall haircut, Kim Nekroman has earned tremendous respect, admiration and goodwill from a fiercely dedicated legion of hard-partiers, rabble-rousers, well-meaning degenerates, grease monkeys, outlaw bikers, nostalgic tastemakers and forward-thinking punks. It’s a crew of supporters as diverse as the otherwise classic and timeless music the Danish-born California transplant has unleashed as leader of Nekromantix.
Nekroman’s notorious quiff is as instantly recognizable as the coffin bass he’s slapped into submission on nine studio albums, countless worldwide tours and festivals. The quiff, of course, combines the midcentury rebel style of the pompadour and flattop with the punk attitude of New York and Europe from the late 70s. It’s a fitting symbol for the style of music Nekromantix has perfected into an art form, a rollicking psychobilly sound with reverence for the genre’s origins and predecessors, infused with an iconoclastic boundlessness that refuses to abandon the electric catharsis of unadulterated fun.
Return of the Loving Dead (2002) marked a career resurgence and subcultural breakthrough for what was previously a feverishly cherished underground band best known outside of North America, via now legendary records like Curse of the Coffin (1991), Brought Back to Life (1994), Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend (1996) and their unstoppable debut, Hellbound (1989). The new millennium brought the band to America (at first to tour and eventually, to stay), conjuring into the world new Nekro landmarks in the forms of Dead Girls Don’t Cry (2004), Life is a Grave & I Dig It! (2007) and What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell (2011), as Nekroman steered the band through shifting lineups and energized shows with bands like Rancid and Reverend Horton Heat.
Nekroman has been joined by skilled guitarist Francisco Mesa for nearly a decade now, with drummer Adam Guerrero bringing a fresh injection of passionate enthusiasm to the band in 2014. A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes is a fertile proving ground for a reenergized lineup that fans of the band have already loved for two years. New songs like “Glow in the Dark,” “War Bats” and “Resting Witch Face” are instant classics, standing mightily alongside the greatest Nekromantix songs enduring in their set list.
There are some bands whose sound, image and front person became synonymous with an entire subculture, whether as originators of a particular style, a crucial innovator among a handful of likeminded artists, or simply as the best embodiment of everything a specific style has to offer. Rock historians may debate who reigns supreme among Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, but there’s no denying they are all heavy metal titans. When someone says “Lemmy” or “Strummer” or “Blondie,” certain feelings are immediately invoked. There’s a palpable energy in the air among hardcore acolytes and culture mavens. It’s a kind of iconic resonance that transcends boundaries.
To their dedicated army of supporters around the world and across every dimension, Nekromantix stands tall among the ghosts in rock n’ roll’s undead cemetery.
Hi Fi Murder
Hi Fi Murder
The ballad of Hi-Fi Murder Hi-Fi Murder is a punk band based out of Layton, Utah. Hi-Fi Murder means Murder by music. The band was founded in November of 2003. Influenced by bands such as Rancid, U.S. Bombs, Time Again, Sex Pistols, and Operation Ivy. All of our inspiration comes from family, friends, enemies, and political standings. Every song we write is a chapter of something that has happened in our lives. From life to death, love to hate, drug addictions to chaos and confusion, and the everyday things we face in life. We are a determined and focused band. We love doing what we do and having fun while we do it. We take this business seriously, and most of all we like to be taken serious.

Members: Chris Murder (Vocals/Guitar) Niki HiFi (Drums/Vocals) Ryan Baldwin (Bass/Vocals) Hal Rarick (Guitar/Vocals)
Utah County Swillers
Utah County Swillers
"We're the outlaws of Utah County! Back in the old days, we were known as them Unlucky Boys and we came into existence in the Fall of 1995. In Utah County, one can expect to find nothing but pure, honest mormon life where everything is straight and narrow. But now they are on the lookout for us no good boozeaholics!! The police out here in Utah County are keepin a sharp eye on us no good trouble makers. But that ain't stoppin' us from delieverin' a foot stompin' set--inspired by drivin' truck and havin' a whole night of alcohol related trouble causin'! Composed of members of the Unlucky Boys, Thunderfist and Endless Struggle--we're ready to hit your town with our rubber side down! We've played with just about every roots act that has come through Utah. These include The Reverend Horton Heat, Three Blue Teardrops, The Frantic Flattops, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Slim Sisna, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Twistin Tarantulas, and many others. So pull that rig off the highway, partner! Find us at the Tiki Lounge in Salt Lake, and we'll drink some whiskey!!"
Venue Information:
Metro Music Hall
615 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT