Om The Horrors
The Horrors blev dannet i Southend i 2005 og blev allerede året efter genstand for gedigen hype grundet singlerne “Sheena Is A Parasite” og “Death At The Chapel”. Bandets debutalbum, “Strange House”, landede i starten af 2007 og banede vejen for en halvandet år lang og verdensomspændende turné, der både bød på attraktive support-jobs og stort anlagte festival-shows. I 2009 fulgte toeren “Primary Colours”, mens det i 2011 gjaldt “Skying”, der blev en form for kommercielt gennembruds-album. The Horrors formåede med deres fjerde album, “Luminous” (2014), at fastholde succesen, lige som gruppen fortsat var flittige gæster på alverdens scener. Sideløbende med support-tjanser for giganter som New Order og Depeche Mode har bandet i de sidste par år arbejdet på deres femte album, “V”, der udkommer til september i år.
Interview med Faris Badwan
What can the audience expect from the show?
“I would totally hate being in a band where I knew what to expect from every performance – like a band that played with everything on a backing track or something. The beauty of live performance, especially in our case, is that we really don’t know what’s going to happen on any given show. Aggression and adrenaline are by nature quite volatile, which is a good thing.”
What merch do you bring?
“We’ve had loads of weird merch over the years: fingerless leather gloves, mugs, flick-knife-combs, sketchbooks, football scarves… And then when we arrived in Mexico we discovered a whole load of stalls selling bootleg merch outside our show which was ever weirder – ironing board covers, pink pillows with our faces on, a Mexican wrestling mask with “The Horrors” stitched into it… Maybe we’ll start selling those.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“I like “Sea Within A Sea” because it’s different every time, and as a band we are at our best when we perform spontaneously.”
How have your most recent concerts been?
“It seems like everyone would say this, but genuinely our shows since we finished recording “V” have been the best we’ve ever played. I guess after 12 years we’ve finally got it right!”
How would you describe your bandmates?
“Rhys’ haircuts and fidgety manner are a constant source of amusement, Josh lives on another planet and his brain doesn’t seem to follow normal human logic, Joe is the sergeant major of the group and Tom quietly tolerates everything – or seems to – for the sake of his sanity.”
Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“Kraftwerk are probably the band favourite – every time we’ve seen them they’ve been superb, Portishead are also flawless live – Beth (Gibbons, red.) never sings a single wrong note.”
How would you describe your new album, “V”?
“After three years of working on it, the last thing I want to do is describe it! It’s more aggressive in places and has made the new live show exciting to play.”
What are your plans for the winter and the spring?
“I don’t have plans, I sacrificed them when I joined the Horrors, along with hopes, dreams and sleep. But it’s a fair trade.”