Koffin Kats, with The Goddamn Gallows, Friday, March 30, 8 p.m., 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, gothictheatre.com
etroit’s Koffin Kats are certainly not the most popular rockabilly-influenced band in recent decades; that distinction would be reserved for the Stray Cats. Nor are they one of the most “authentic” among contemporaries that include Junior Brown, The Rhythm Shakers and JD McPherson. One of the main reasons for that is the band’s relative disinterest in being particularly commercial or
faithful to the genre’s hallowed traditions, as one listen to their music will attest. Vic Victor, who serves as the Motor City band’s lead vocalist and upright bassist, was first drawn to his instrument after seeing an episode of Beavis & Butthead
that featured the Reverend Horton Heat performing “Psychobilly Freak Out.” Dissatisfied with his voice, he avoided the mic while playing around Detroit in local punk and rockabilly groups, until he one day heard The Damned’s Grave Disorder
, and thought, in true punk-rock tradition, “Hey, I could do that!” With last year’s release of the band’s eighth album, Party Time in the End Times
— which features tracks like “Witch in the Woods” and “Pigs in the Grove” — the Koffin Kats stay true to their groovy, ghoulie, psychobilly roots. Fans clearly wouldn’t have it any other way.