Zombina and the Skeletones Death Valley
By Marcus Pan
UKs favorite zombie rockers return
with new music as opposed to re-released singles. This time we have a
soundtrack to a horror movie that they never got around to finishing due to the
difficulty of a movie project. So they just lobbed out the music instead
maybe someday the movie will be made. The concept? A high school slasher,
teenage horror-addict gone psycho fucks up the ones that crack on her daily.
a bit of Devo and a mad scientist thrown in for good measure. The
songs follow the acts and scenes of the movie, even explained nicely throughout
the press kit making this review quite easy to write. Thanks you guys! Im
sorry I didnt have time to fill out the report card that came with it,
listing each track and requesting a grade and comments.
Hows the music? Pretty good Zombinas past
work I enjoy more, but the staple 4/4 rhythms, rocknroll guitars
and Zombinas spit-shined vocals help to make Death Valley High
their usual brand of fun on plastic. Lost Boys is a favorite, with punk
style guitars riffed in the end by anthem-like drum/vocal solos and weird synth
melodies. Tracks will go quickly from one to the other, and do to its punk
natue you wont notice youre halfway through the album.
At the Megaplex is Zombina at their best, with a
doo-wop styling and Zombinas sickly sweet vocals crooning in your ear.
The jarring alarm that wakes you up to My T.V. brings you into another
fast paced doo wop dirge with sarcastic harmonies and catchy tunage.
Villain has a weirdness flair to it, making it a favorite of mine. We
continue along to Prom Night, a slap happy bit of fluffy fun in the
style of acapella do wop groups.
By the time Your Girlfriends Head comes around,
shit goes awry. Your Girlfriends Head is a fast paced near-thrash
punk tune with interesting calliope style backing synths. People are dying now
as our erstwhile anti-hero, Janie, starts ripping shit up in Carrie
style at the prom. The Fragile Heart is a soft, sweet ballad
Janies last goodbye before being stuffed in a rubber room following her
prom night decapitation stunt.
We enter Act III of the story now, as Janie undergoes her
treatment which, of course, only serves to fuck her up even more. This
is, after all, a b-cult horror movie right? She gets her hand on a wacky laser
and goes nutty ever moreso in Janies Got a Dissolvo Ray and you
can even see the green and red beams of Crayola drawn special effects as the
final scenes of Death Valley High play out backed by bass-laden funky
punk and silly keyboard movements making the whole thing snazzily cheezy. Only
this time Janie lives! I suppose we should get ready for her next
rampage in the sequel.
I still like Zombina when they make something new. Death
Valley High could have been better recorded and produced, upping the
volumes a bit, but one shouldnt complain about garage rock really I
suppose. If you like dead things, blood, guts and science fiction going horror
on yo ass, Death Valley High is a fun punk album
theres nothing like lunacy to brighten your cold Winter nights.
Post: PO Box 123, Liverpool, L17 2WX, United Kingdom
 See my review
of their Monsters on 45 release.