The Horrors/Primary Colours


Primary ColoursThe Horrors are an English indie rock band who formed in mid-2005. They released their debut album Strange House, which reached number 37 on the UK Albums Chart in 2007. Their second album Primary Colours was released in 2009 and reached number 25 in the UK. The band have also guest starred in TV comedy The Mighty Boosh, under the pseudonym “The Black Tubes.”

At the end of 2007, The Horrors announced the forthcoming recording of a new album. The album was produced by the band, Craig Silvey, Geoff Barrow of Portishead[5], and music video director Chris Cunningham. Recording took place in Bath during the summer of 2008. The band were forced to pull out of their planned appearance at the Underage Festival due to recording schedule conflicts. The band signed to XL Recordings after they left Loog Records in 2007. The only release from the band between the “She Is the New Thing” single in June 2007 and the new material in 2009 was a cover of Suicide‘s “Shadazz,” released by Blast First Petite as part of their tribute to Alan Vega in October 2008. A few weeks before the new album’s release, a number of songs from the album were leaked. The album’s first single, “Sea Within a Sea,” was released as a digital download-only single on 17 March 2009. A music video for the song, directed by Douglas Hart (former bassist for The Jesus and Mary Chain), was also posted on the band’s website on the same day. The second album Primary Colours was officially released 4 May 2009 to critical acclaim and reached #25 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Who Can Say” was released on 7″ vinyl one week later. Primary Colours was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later gave the album first place in the 50 Best Albums of 2009.[6]

After finishing touring for Primary Colours, The Horrors have said that they would like to build their own studio, so they can record at obscure hours.

In a recent update on their official forums, singer, Faris Badwan announced the band have already started working on their third album and have been in the studio for a month now. [Wikipedia]

Mirror’s Image—-With tons of dark synth swirls and purple fog, the atmosphere that begins this release almost put me in a coma. The sound is so delicate and intricate that it is almost indescribable…as the song opens up and the guitars and drums enter into the song, you are transported back to 1989 when British Music was really grand. The vocal is delivered with a slight distortion that brings a smile to my face ….this is jangly, full of reverb and all mixed together with a very danceable groove…you could not ask for more!!!

Three Decades—-With no interlude required, this song begins as a tribute to the best Jesus And Mary Chain tracks…the feedback and distortion is resplendent…the slight accent only adds to the mastery of the song. This is reverb driven pop music delivered with seasoned mastery. This will land and sit in your brain for many days to come….check it!!!

Who Can Say—-This begins so bass heavy that you just shake your head and have to wonder if one of the Reid Brothers are secretly in the band…then in comes the jangly guitar and the lazy british vocal that reminds you of the early days of The Verve….I kid you not, and i know I say this often, but this is pure magic!!! The distorted elements of the song are pushed to the back but always present…the lead guitars..shiny and bright pace the song and the vocal is pure brilliance!!!

Do You Remember—-This is again, so retro and so fresh at the same time you have to wonder what these guys were raised on. the drums on this track are stellar…the vocal is so hollow and removed that you ache with the alienation of it all. The leads are jangly, but the wall of distortion that runs through the backdrop are just orgasmic…this is so wonderful I might just shit myself!!!!

New Ice Age—-The build-up intro to this song is so sonic and cosmic that you again can only shake your head. The vocal enters and reminds me of classic noisy The London Suede. This is a field day for an audiophile such as myself….the band manages to capture two decades worth of music in one single song….this is genius!!!

Scarlet Fields—-Perhaps one of the more commercially accessible songs on this release, the leads are bright and it seems like the distortion is kept to a minimum. the slight vocal manipulation only adds layers to a song that already has so much going on…these guys have their craft downpat…incredible.

I Only Think Of You—-From the first notes of the song, you think of one thing…dark!!! The bass drum and the gentle tambourine create a funeral feel that is only aided by the entrance of the vocal..this is intense and wonderful. The swirls of atmosphere that ring your brain are inescapable and you have to ask your self….where have these guys been all of your life. This is pure pleasure multiplied by 100%.

I Can’t Control Myself—-Returning to a more feedback and distorted angle, this song at times is pure sonic joy. The guitars seem to hit you from both sides. The vocal enters and almost reminds me of later day Ian Curtis…I can almost see him jerking all over the stage. this is huge…dark, noisy and literally a joy to listen to. I love this band!!!!

Primary Colours—-With a blistering lead guitar and a fantastic drum track, this is almost too shiny for me. the saving grace is the fact that the voice is pushed way to the back of the mix and the music is the star of the show. As i sit here and listen, there is not one single thing about this that I would change…this hits every spot of JOY for me….remarkable.

Sea Within A Sea—-With a huge percussive intro, the rhythm section of this band has definitely got it going on. This is pure mastery…the build up seems to last forever before the vocal enters sounding removed and incredibly lonely. This is BRILLIANT!!! Oh, did I say that already? The feedback has been ditched for bright and shimmering pop music, while the voice is still in mourning…the mix of the two collide to create a rainbow of sound. Magnificent!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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