The Studio At Webster Hall is as intimate of a venue as they come. It was a perfect fit for The Horrors to play a set of songs that had no problem dominating the small, but fitting venue. They played a set full of songs from Skying (it was the U.S. release show) and Primary Colours. There was not a single song from their debut album played, a telling sign that they have all but abandoned that image/time.
The five guys looked super cramped on the small stage, but it made for a more interesting show. Gone were the big stages and huge crowds that the band are accustomed to overseas. Here we had five guys on a modest stage with nothing to do but play their music to the best of their ability, and that’s exactly what they did.
The set literally flip flopped between the two albums. The tall Faris Badwan had a dominating presence on stage, his vocals acting as a soothing tone for the colorful music that flooded the stage. As expected, “Sea Within A Sea” and “Still Life” were immense, fully hitting their potential live. “Who Can Say”, “Endless Blue” and “Moving Further Away” were memorable because they were executed in a way that mixed the sounds on Skying/Primary Colours so well.
People used to question my fandom for The Horrors. People were turned off by the bands early goth-punk look/appeal. I always saw something in the band that kept me coming back for more. Tonight, I saw the potential of this band come to full fruition right before my eyes.
The sky seems to be the only limit for The Horrors. Maybe that’s why it’s called Skying…
MTV Hive was there recording the whole thing for a live stream. You can watch the entire show below. My head is in the center of the screen at certain points. Sorry about that:
Check out more photos, and the setlist, after the jump:
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