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Against The Blade

    New EP2 from The Horrors, off the back of EP1 'Lout'.

    Faris Quote:
    The Against the Blade EP is a further descent into chaos - about the freedom that comes with abandoning all hope, giving up control, and accepting that you will always be at odds with the world around you. There’s something about our recent writing that has felt really free and liberated, like being let off a leash - slightly ironic given the fact that lockdown forced us into certain ways of working. This almost feels like a new band now - a new beginning right in time for the apocalypse.

    Rhys Quote:
    Against the Blade is a visceral attack of the senses. A heavy, riff rocking beast. Once the ball started rolling with writing Lout I liked the idea of challenging the band to push all the song’s in as extreme a direction as possible. Against The Blade and Twisted Skin were both written in Southend on sea over lockdown, it’s the most DIY music we’ve ever made. The first demos were written in my bedroom and work continued in Joe’s little shipping container studio which overlooks the estuary. The only element recorded in an actual studio were the vocals as we even recorded.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Against The Blade
    2. Twisted Skin

    The Horrors

    V Remixed

      Limited double 12" remix package. Includes mixes by Gabe Gurnsey, Richard Fearless, Giant Swan, Manni Dee, Cleric, and HAAi.

      TRACK LISTING

      Disc 1
      Side A
      1. Machine (Giant Swan Remix)

      Side B
      2. Hologram (Manni Dee Remix)
      3. Ghost (Cleric Remix)

      Disc 2
      Side C
      1. Something To Remember Me By (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)

      Side D
      2. Press Enter To Exit (HAAi Remix)
      3. Hologram (Richard Fearless Remix)

      Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey, it’s the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011) – a record that entered the charts at Number Five, featured prominently in the end-of-year magazine/newspaper polls, and was anointed NME's Album Of The Year.

      Luminous is an album that, for once, merits that over-used phrase “keenly-anticipated”. Tipped to be one of the biggest British albums of 2014, it follows the breakthrough success of the silver-selling Skying, an album beloved of heroes and peers such as Bobby Gillespie, Alex Turner and Trent Reznor and that also brought The Horrors into the world of the Radio 1 A-list and Later… With Jools Holland. Tasking themselves with, as ever, moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. ‘We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.

      By way of explaining the intense but unhurried writing and recording of the album, the frontman says that, “If you're happy with one record I think you always have those fears that you'll somehow never be able to write a good song again. But I think between us we would never allow something that we weren't happy with to be released. I can imagine it taking us 10 years to finish something – but I'd rather that than be a band who regress with each release.” Shedding some light on the intra-band, in-studio creative process, keyboard player Tom Furse mentions an ever-evolving playlist featuring “so much, the usual – Beatles, Sabbath, Kraftwerk also Eno, J Dilla, Metroplex/Trax Records…but as always psychedelic music from all over the world, soul, funk, dub…”

      Further input came from producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foster The People) on the track Falling Star. There was also a crucial role for a new piece of kit. Badwan reveals that Richard Russell, boss of their label XL, “had the pyramid synth from our Changing The Rain video built for us.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Beautifully produced, deep, melodic, doomy yet somehow skyscraping album. Great songs, bringing the past into the future. Their best album.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Chasing Shadows
      2. First Day Of Spring
      3. So Now You Know
      4. In And Out Of Sight
      5. Jealous Sun
      6. Falling Star
      7. I See You
      8. Change Your Mind
      9. Mine And Yours
      10. Sleepwalk

      The Horrors make their eagerly awaited return with the release of a new album on XL Recordings. ‘Skying’, self-produced and recorded in The Horrors’ own self built studio in London’s Dalston, was mixed by Grammy Award winner Craig Silvey. It features ten brand new tracks and includes the forthcoming single ‘Still Life’, also released on 11th of July. ‘Skying’ is the band’s third long player, and follows 2009’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Primary Colours’ and their debut ‘Strange House’ which was released in 2007.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Wow, these guys love their music. If last LP "Primary Colours" surprised with its celebration of dark Mancunia, here they keep that vibe but now add a moodily baggy groove and swathes of shoegazery wooziness. It's psychedelic, see? The Horrors want to take you somewhere. Self-produced and in their own studio as well, you can feel just how deeply this band are immersed in their sound; it's bold, expansive, heavy and melancholic, but also really uplifting 'cause it's such a powerful blend. There's only one track that breaks the spell ("Monica Gems") but a little playfulness was probably required. The rest are all massive, swirling and majestically beautiful. This is gonna unite nostalgic oldies and da youth, alike. I'm sure "Skying" will end up being seen as of the greatest albums of the year.

      Darryl says: A truly wonderful album that manages the impossible, and trumps 'Primary Colours'.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Changing The Rain
      2. You Said
      3. I Can See Through You
      4. Endless Blue
      5. Dive In
      6. Still Life
      7. Wild Eyed
      8. Moving Further Away
      9. Monica Gems
      10. Oceans Burning

      Ye Wiles

      Smoothing Away The Horrors Of Indigestion

        This South Coast outfit mix skacore, folk and good old fashioned punk rock and produced a violin led frenzy of sound. Laconic S'thern vocal delivery (the singer has a nice sneer in his voice) and bags of energy. New on Household Name.


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