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The Horrors at Stage 48 (October 21, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2014

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My week of CMJ coverage began with a performance from The Horrors at Stage 48. It was my first time at the venue, which is basically a more upscale Terminal 5, in both setup and location. So take that as you will.

I last saw The Horrors when they played for free at The House Of Vans back in April, right before their new album Luminous was released. There performance at Stage 48 was the final one of the tour, so there was definitely a feeling of finality and release from the band, who gave there all in an impressive and expansive set that was mostly taken from either Luminous or Skying, save for “Who Can Say,” “Mirror’s Image,” and “Sea Within a Sea”, all which are off their sophomore album Primary Colours.
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The Horrors @ House Of Vans (April 29, 2014)

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Tuesday night was a damp evening, which made it ideal for the return of The Horrors to New York City. They played a free show at the House Of Vans in Brooklyn. It was the band’s first North American performance in two years, and the first North American gig during the era of new album Luminous. The show was of course in support of the new album which comes out next Tuesday via XL Recordings (they even had copies for sale early). Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: The Horrors – So Now You Know

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Horrors - So Now You Know

The Horrors have done it yet again. They’ve shared with us a new track called “So Now You Know”, the 2nd song to be shared from their upcoming album Luminous. The previously released “I See You” was going to be hard to top, but “So Now You Know” is right there to match its brilliance.

The band steadily kicks into a mesmerizing groove that plays around with synth-effects and a steady bassline. Damn, these guys are plain unstoppable right now.

Luminous comes out via XL Recordings on May 5. Enjoy “So Now You Know” below.
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[new]: The Horrors – I See You

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Earlier today The Horrors announced their new album is titled Luminous and is coming out via XL Recordings on May 5. That wasn’t the only good news, as they also shared the album’s incredible first single “I See You” on radio, and immediately followed that with a lyric video for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: The Horrors are back in a very big way.

“I See You” (which they played live with Thurston Moore) is a tremendous triumph from the band. Another breathtaking step forward for a band that have already made tremendous stride after tremendous stride since the release of their debut album nearly seven years ago. At seven-and-half-minutes long, it’s a mesmerizing listen that takes you on a incredible journey through groovy basslines, shoegazy effects, colorful synths, and those hard to ignore vocals of frontman Faris Badwan.

As I said before, The Horrors are one of the few buzz-grabbing British bands to push well past their NME days, to take a permanent seat alongside bands like Arctic Monkeys and Foals. If “I see You” is any indication, I’m pretty sure that Luminous is well on its way to becoming one of the best albums of 2014.

Enjoy “I See You” below, along with the Luminous tracklist.
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The Horrors Announce New Album: ‘Luminous’

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

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I’m excited to share that The Horrors have announced that their new album is titled Luminous. That’s the album art posted above.

The album will be released via XL Recordings on May 5, and first single will be released later tonight on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. In speaking with frontman Faris Badwan, NME discovered the album title’s meaning:

It’s a powerful image: giving off light and releasing energy. It sums up a lot of the ways we make music. One thing that’s always been central to the band is that we’ve kept the same level of intensity since the beginning.

He also touched on the sound of the new album:

This is the album I’ve been most excited about releasing. I think it would be misleading to say it’s got more guitars or more synths, because half the time the guitars sound like synths anyway. Is it fair to say there’s more of everything.

It’s quite amazing how far The Horrors have come. They, along with Arctic Monkeys and Foals, ended up being the only three NME-buzz bands that truly prospered. In some ways, The Horrors exceeded expectations, considering that their debut was a more frantic horror-punk album. Since then, they’ve released two shoegazy electronic-influenced records that are stunning in many ways.

Best of all, I think Luminous has a shot of being their best yet.

We shall see later tonight when we get to hear “I See You.” Stay tuned for that later on.

The Horror Thurston Moore

Last week during British magazine The Fly’s award show, the Fly Awards, The Horrors played a new song live called “I Can See You” (previously titled “Exilir Spring”). The performance was a big one as they teamed up with Thurston Moore.

It’s a lengthy song, clocking in around seven and a half minutes. It’s likely to appear on The Horrors upcoming album, which is rumored for release this summer.

Watch the performance below.
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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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