I’d not come across St Louis’ Horror Section before seeing their name on the Dying Scene review list but I’m very glad I took the time to check them out.
This, their self-titled debut, was released back in December on Eccentric Pop Records and serves up 16 slices of horror themed pop punk – and damn fine it is too. There is a strong, ominous Lillingtons vibe on tracks like They’re Inside, First Kill & Remains while there are lighter, poppier moments such as Are You There, Rooms and Echoes & Make Them Pay. Elsewhere we get more straight up driving punk rock, examples being Murder & instrumental track Working Title. The horror influence is clearly there through the whole album but, where previous Eps are dedicated entirely to specific horror movies (The Omen, Season of the Witch etc), you could easily listen to a portion of these songs oblivious to their macabre influence.
The album is consistently excellent from start to finish and so catchy that you’ll be singing along on your second listen. If you’ve got a soft spot for Ramones-core meets early Fat Wreck skate/pop punk then these guys will be right up your street.