The Horrors is a post-punk / shoegaze band from London comprised of Faris Badwan (vocals), Joshua Hayward (guitar), Tom Cowan (synthesizer, bass), Rhys Webb (bass, organs), and Joe Spurgeon (drums). Formed in 2005, they received great support from the British music press (NME in particular) and as a result their over-hyped debut Strange House (2007) entered the UK album charts at #37. A gorgeous and strange blend of punk, surf and gothic organs, this particular brand of retro goth garage is obviously built on an extremely derivative foundation of ’60s garage, The Cramps, The Damned, The Birthday Party, and Ministry.
Fast forward two years and whereas most bands would be happy to rest on their laurels, the black clad quintet returns with sophomore LP Primary Colours. Instead of trying to perfect the garage punk stylings of yore, they brought in Geoff Barrow to produce a record that sounds as if it comes from an entirelly different band. Mr. Portishead gave the boot to most of Strange House‘s influences in order to make way for My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Can, and Joy Division. The end result has its fair share of dark and claustrophobic moments that bring to mind The Cure and Bauhaus, while at the same time it incorporates the groove of Neu! and the pop of the The Psychedelic Furs. With this reinvention, The Horrors prove wrong anyone who believes they are at their best in front of a camera rather than behind their instruments. Do check them out.