the horrors - classic or dud

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their music is okay. kinda depthless. some weird sort of junglist rhythms from the drummer but the songs ive heard seem to be great thrashy punky garage type stuff but not much underneath it all. i do love how they look though. im almost tempted to buy the album for the cover alone.

titchyschneiderMk2, Monday, 5 March 2007 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

They look and sound like the kind of band that plays my local garage punk club once a month. Maybe in a particularly good month. Which is great. I'm a bit baffled by them being taken up by the NME, but I'm not complaining.

Soukesian, Monday, 5 March 2007 22:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

'Count In Fives' was awesome, though didn't like much the other singles. Will listen to the album though.

zeus, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 14:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Having pretty much been able to ignore the hype and their image over here in the States, I found the EP to be mildly satisfying. It's not something that a hundred other bands aren't doing right now, but I really liked a couple songs from it. I'm sure I'd feel differently if I'd had them shoved down my throat though.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 14:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So I just found out there was another band called the Horrors from the US on In The Red records a few years ago and they kick fucking ass over our Peaches Geldof-shagging haircut scene boys. Couldn't they have at least used google before they named their band? They're even in the same genre.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's a Blur song called The Horrors too which is why I clicked on the thread :(

Finefinemusic, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Horrors from Iowa>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>that other Horrors

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

They're even in the same genre.

?? Sort of...?

U.K. Horrors = early Christian Death-ish / dancy Hee-Haw era Birthday Party w/ fancy hair and pants or something
U.S. Horrors = like, Pussy Galore meets...um, y'know, it's nasty garage shit. I'm moments from bedtime, lay off :)

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

What I've heard of UK Horrors is Cramps-y garage punk, Screaming Lord Sutch covers etc. Not wildly different really.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Not what I remember at all.

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I do remember them being Cramps-y, but only slightly...

RabiesAngentleman, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've got three UKHorrors songs on my ipod: "She's a Parasite", "Jack the Ripper" (the Screaming Lord Sutch cover), and "Count in Fives". All very trad garage punk, with maybe a bit more noise/stiffness than the run of the genre. Goth touches around the edges, but more present in the shoes & hairdos than in the music. Somewhere between "Psychotic Reaction" and "Release the Bats".

contenderizer, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Forgot about the 'other' Horrors. I have an LP by them.

My girlfriend once head two of the Horrors (UK) through a hotel wall having a really pathetic it's my band/no it's my band argument.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

head = heard obv.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

when chasing girl who turns out to be ex of horrors singer does one turn heels stat or press on w/ grimace?

r|t|c, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

From Leeds?

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

American Horrors were the shit, just brutal Pussy Galore -strength garage punk. They get extra points for coming out of such a tiny, isolated place (Cedar Rapids or Cedar Falls, Iowa, I can't recall), too. I played a show there once, and the Horrors dude did a solo set of bluesy, almost scarily bleak country.

Horrors UK sounded more Boys Next Door than Birthday Party to my ears, nice enough, and fun in a batdancing kind of way, but thin and underwhelming and just sorta pleasant. That was them in that Mighty Boosh episode, right? The tight pants band?

BigLurks, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Boys Next Door = Hee-Haw era "Birthday Party", Stew. People seem to be insisting this 'they're totally garage' stuff, maybe I need to hear 'em again. Do you still have that CD? And can I borrow it? It wasn't bad.

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 13:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Uh or I'll just talk to you when I see you today or tomorrow or something.

(I'm talking to Lurks. Sorry people. </doofus> )

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 13:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

when chasing girl who turns out to be ex of horrors singer does one turn heels stat or press on w/ grimace?

ask the guy who just married peaches geldof!

CharlieNo4, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

New album produced by Geoff Barrow according to DiS.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 21 August 2008 08:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

He did a good job on The Coral's "Invisible Invasion" as a producer I think.

zeus, Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

Never knew he did it.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

new song 'sea within a sea'

vain_bowers, Tuesday, 17 March 2009 12:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

no one else like this? the intro is a total rip of can but i think the song is pretty good, decent progression from their first album

vain_bowers, Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Apparently Geoff Barrow of Portishead is involved in some capacity.

Telephone thing, Friday, 20 March 2009 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

hoorah the next generation of record collector rock. at least theyve made it to the 70s now

straightola, Friday, 20 March 2009 09:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg this is actually kinda awesome

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 13:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

omit "kinda"

wow

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

after you revived this i listened to that like 10 times in a row. i'm really excited to hear the new album, especially knowing barrow is involved. hopefully it's still full of organ though.

there's a big metaphor going on in which pussy is medicine (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

i have been listening to it on repeat for about an hour and a half now...it's so addictive, like a euphoric, sonically maximalist postpunk/krautrock take on "The Rip" given 8 full minutes to play itself out

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's OK, good in places but I'd probably like it loads better if it didn't rip the backing off of "Mother Sky" in such a drearily slavish manner.

Pashmina, Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

well obviously it isn't shy of hiding its influences, but yeah it works woohoo

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow, rip off.

Blackout Crew are the Beatles of donk (jim), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

cant wait to hear the album, even considering going to see them, apparently they have ditched the nme-friendly stage antics and mainly play their new stuff

vain_bowers, Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol "The Rip (Off)"

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

The bit at the end is actually really good. I might pick up the album when it's out. I never thought I'd say that about THE HORRORS! FFS.

The look of the band in the video is TOTALLY lifted from Loop, circa "Heavens End". I mean that could actually BE Loop, circa "Heaven's End", if you turn the music down a bit.

I am actually a bit sick of "isn't shy of hiding its influences", it gets in the way of the music, has done for a while.

Have you heard Loop "Fade Out", Louis? I sort of suspect you might like it a bit. They actually COVERED "Mother Sky" instead of knocking it off.

Loop "Heavens!" "End" ;)

Pashmina, Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I am actually a bit sick of "isn't shy of hiding its influences", it gets in the way of the music, has done for a while.

I'm completely with you on this, but for a band I thought were irredeemable, this is some startling proficiency and crucially they meld the influences in a fairly original (well, striking) way.

Not really heard Loop. Must rectify.

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Here you go:

"Fade Out" is such a fucking good album, so relentless & mechanical in its feel. It's 20 years old.

Pashmina, Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Somewhere between surprised and amazed to find that the Horros were capable of this.

Actually, I don't believe they are capable of this, and maybe Barrow will do to them what Andy Weatherall did for Primal Scream.

Matt DC, Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

i doubt they pull much of it off live anyhow

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

In the latest issue of Platform mag there's a picture of Faris's bedroom. Right at the front of his pile of records is Loop's A Gilded Eternity album. He also owns a golliwog.

The one time I saw the Horrors they were so boring and uncharismatic that I left during the second song. I'll be amazed if they can play that new track live.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 28 March 2009 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not really feeling that track. Too much crappy London scene post-punk and his vocals are unbearable.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 28 March 2009 17:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

"too much crappy london scene post-punk and the vocals are unbearable" prob will be what's carved on the gravestone of britisher rock music.

Pashmina, Saturday, 28 March 2009 17:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like this. I suppose it's in part because it surprised me too that a band I thought would just be some dull garage rock band forever are at least showing some ambition. It wasn't so much the first bit sounding like Can or Neu that got me, but more that the later bit sounds like Klaus Schulze. Different enough for me not to be bothered.

Keith, Saturday, 28 March 2009 18:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

The second half (well, and the groovy FX-pedalled transition) is predominantly what wins my accolades and listenership, although the first sets it up well.

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 18:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah me too, but it needs the build up to be effective.

Keith, Saturday, 28 March 2009 18:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's what I said! :D Although now I'm finding myself, bass guitar slung, skipping to the four-minute mark and playing along.

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Saturday, 28 March 2009 18:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Maybe the album will just be them reinterpreting the whole of the last Portishead album in a Krautrock style.

Actually that would be kind of brilliant.

Matt DC, Saturday, 28 March 2009 18:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is still so epic...someone's suggested The Chameleons (and to be more precise "Second Skin") as a reference point...he isn't too far wide of the mark, I guess.

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Sunday, 29 March 2009 21:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

So they've done a better job aping Can than they did the Cramps. Big deal.

I'm not even sure they have done a better job - both albums come off to me as well-intentioned but less than the sum of their parts. (And yeah I don't think it's a *flagrant* rip of any of these people but my point is it's all record collection rock or music critic rock or whatever you call it.)

display mane (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's all record collection rock or music critic rock or whatever you call it.

sometimes this stuff is good though, idk, im not prescriptive. it's usually music critics/blogtards who have a problem with 'music critic rock' n'est ce pas.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sea Within A Sea is immense but I don't really feel any compulsion to listen to any of the other tracks to see what they are like.

I am using your worlds, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Can rip in particular was pretty much alarms goin off I thought, but all that aside I think the best I say is...it's nice...I wouldn't say it sucks. I just can not muster any enthusiasm for these dudes.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

NB I'm still butthurt that everyone pays attention to these dudes when there was already a better Horrors.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

sometimes this stuff is good though, idk, im not prescriptive. it's usually music critics/blogtards who have a problem with 'music critic rock' n'est ce pas.

Oh me too, some of my favourite bands etc etc - just sayin is all

display mane (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

also bear in mind that this is exactly the type of band i wouldn't have given the time of day to until i heard the new music with my own ears

like i said on the other thread, "i only think of you" and "new ice age" are stormers, up there with "sea within a sea"

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have listened to this album at least 20 times in the last week...

henry s, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

give or take

henry s, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

new record sounds like the stone roses with a hangover. i don't think the world is quite ready for a baggy shoegaze revival.

horses, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 14:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've not heard the whole album but someone sent me the opening track and, aside from some vaguely MBV guitar oscillation it's just goth, isn't it? Doomy vocals and nasty snare sound. But didn't MBV come from a nasty goth background? The Stone Roses certainly did, following on from what horses said above.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 14:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

But didn't MBV come from a nasty goth background?

Not exactly?

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 14:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

the stone roses with a hangover

bahahahaha

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 17:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Any further opinions on this?

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 27 May 2009 07:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

My opinion - best British indie rock record of the last five years. I know that isn't saying much mind you.

ch4rlie fr4m3, Wednesday, 27 May 2009 08:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

All these Can comparisons, I think are overblown. The rest of the album sounds more like Magazine playing in Joy Division's studio.

ch4rlie fr4m3, Wednesday, 27 May 2009 08:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

on acid?

a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 27 May 2009 08:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

The rest of the album sounds like the Psychedelic Furs playing in White Lies' studio.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Wednesday, 27 May 2009 10:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is actually pretty good. I'm impressed.

Moka, Thursday, 2 July 2009 05:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I listened to it once through...thought it definitely had its moments, but couldn't really decide. Was planning to listen again, soon.

He was feeling canonical (Bimble), Thursday, 2 July 2009 05:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

woowwwww this new record came out of left field. They're first one is one of the worst albums I've ever bought, I sold it the day after I bought it.

this new is incredible. just hit me.

meme muggin (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Sunday, 12 July 2009 01:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Me having a mutter with Tom of said band.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 September 2009 02:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i love this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EOPIi4Q3lM

Bee OK, Thursday, 15 October 2009 03:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

amazingly, this really has ended up one of the better albums of the year.

102. LJ: British. 5. (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 8 December 2009 04:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

haven't seen any discussion about the 'cat's eyes' faris badwan side project, listening to the EP on spotify now, one of the tracks is a little broadcast-y

Roger Sánchez Broto (vain_bowers), Thursday, 7 April 2011 20:35 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://thehorrors.co.uk/

piscesx, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 00:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Simple Minds. That's disappointing.

paulhw, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 00:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, fuck.
I liked the last one a lot, but mostly as a precursor to more of it, more refined "it".
Not "this".

THE Alan Moulder?!? (Ówen P.), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 00:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Who knew their career path would become that of the Delays.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 01:13 (six years ago) Permalink

it doesn't sound good, but maybe there'll be a cool video or naked album cover to balance things out

contenderizer, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 01:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Cynic.

THE Alan Moulder?!? (Ówen P.), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Cynic >>> The Horrors

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:01 (six years ago) Permalink

"Skying" is a pretty dismal title. It's just hard to say, isn't it. "Skylarking", sure. "Skykicking", why not. But "Skying", well there you go.

henry s, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:57 (six years ago) Permalink

(I'll probably still get this, though)

henry s, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 17:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Uh eww. Hope this song's an anomaly. I liked the gazey 80s vibe on the last one. I liked the scuzzy garage goth feel on the first one, really.

the morals of a tomcat and the manners of a wolf (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 26 May 2011 03:44 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://thehorrors.co.uk/images/TheHorrorsSkying.jpg

piscesx, Monday, 13 June 2011 18:08 (six years ago) Permalink

that video is cringeworthy and embarassing. gothgaze? i dont know what the fuck any more.

jumpskins, Monday, 13 June 2011 19:48 (six years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Sea Within A Sea is still just such a great bit of music, right?

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Thursday, 5 March 2015 10:21 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Any love for the side project Cat's Eyes with Faris and Rachel Zeffira? New album "Treaure House" is evocative of Broadcast with a kraut twist ("Names on the Mountains") and Shangri-Las ("Drag") with other 60s influences and elements from Rachel's classical background. Highly recommended.

Ross, Sunday, 5 June 2016 18:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Well credit to them, they never seem to stay in the same place. Their new song is a full on exultant 80s synth-pop anthem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e38KoYlHDTA

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I like this band

calstars, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:14 (two months ago) Permalink

in ghost colours

nxd, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:29 (two months ago) Permalink

surprised by how nice that is

ufo, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Never really listened to them before but enjoying the new album. Definite Cut Copy vibes

groovypanda, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Last track is awesome.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

cat's eyes are wickedly underrated...probably should check out the horrors i guess

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Enjoyably bland

calstars, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Out.

The album's quite good and ending it on "Something To Remember Me By" is a smart touch. They are protean in a good way -- I remember seeing ads for their first album ten years back and while they haven't become avant-garde experimentalists or anything, they have a knack for setting their mind to try certain things that work more often than not, and they're definitely not the band they were. At their best they suggest a slight -- I emphasize slight -- equivalent to early to mid 80s Cure/Siouxsie in a key sense: trying different things within their pop form just to see if they can make it work. Very much looking forward to whenever the next tour might be -- they're only playing NYC for now.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I hadnt checked them out since "Primary Colours", which I really liked a the time. The new stuff sounds nice, refers to a lot of my personal hall-of-famers and yet it all sounds so slight. A weird feeling that despite the fact that I *should* like this, it just seems very pointless

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

classic hair

brimstead, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 23:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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