Psychobilly is rockabilly with another set of influences like punk, ska, surf, or a different attitude. Essentially Punkabilly IS Psychobilly, but more towards the punk spectrum rather than towards the rockabilly/surf, or maybe a Psychobilly band with political lyrics. Punkabilly is a term to describe a Psychobilly band, not necessarily another genre, though some people think that Punkabilly done right, can be considered another genre of it’s own. Can it? Well take a listen to some of the bands on this page and you can decide.
Here in Canada, the big Psychobilly names are The Brains, The Creepshow and the Gutterdemons. Probably the most well-known Punkabilly band overall is The Living End from Australia. Other well-known Punkabilly bands include the Koffin Kats and The Silver Shine.
I posted on social media asking for suggestions for Punkabilly bands. I made a Pinterest board with the bands that had links that were sent. (Sorry Facebook doesn’t allow Pinterest pins, so if you were linked to a Facebook band page and then that page had no order links you might not be on the board.)
Some Punkabilly Bands that stood out to me from the ones submitted were:
1. Robin from Japan
2. 1916 from Rochester NY
3. The Graveyard Johnnys
4. The Sewer Rats
5. And Bonkers
As well, even though I have heard The HellFreaks before, their music really stood out to me this time as some good Punkabilly tunes.
I guess I am just used to that Boogie man video that seems to come up on Youtube whenever you listen to something similar. Here are some other good tunes by them: