The Drum Beat Goes On

A Pyschobilly Star is Born


The Nekromantix were getting ready for a new year of recording and touring when tragedy struck. In the early-morning hours of Jan. 11, Andrew Martinez—the veteran psychobilly band’s 25-year-old drummer, known professionally as “Andy DeMize”—was a passenger in a 1972 Chevy Nova when the driver lost control, crashing into a eucalyptus tree off the 57 freeway in Fullerton. The car erupted in flames, and Martinez lost his life.

“Two days after the accident happened, we had actually been scheduled to go into the studio and record the new album, and we had tours lined up for the summer. I knew I had to cancel a lot of stuff and change the plans,” recalls Kim Nekroman, upright bassist/vocalist/founding member of the band.

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