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The Horrors show a seamless audio assault

by Jessica Price - SGN A&E Writer

The Horrors
October 6
Neumos


It seems that while no one was looking, The Horrors accomplished the unthinkable: they became a completely different band. Judging from their performance at Neumos October 6, this coming-of-age is a win for old fans and undoubtedly will help the band pick up a whole lot of new ones. When they were simply a fright-rock group of young Londoners, something about The Horrors definitely piqued my interest, but a genuine shift in sound and vision has bolstered their entire foundation.

Having seen the band in 2007 in support of the entertaining but not entirely great album Strange House, I noticed right away that The Horrors' onstage attitude circa 2009 was completely upgraded. Nowadays, they don't seem so full of false bravado; they just do what they do best, plain and simple. At the moment, that happens to be a far richer sound, owing as much to My Bloody Valentine as to The Cramps or Bauhaus. Sticking almost entirely to Primary Colours (nominated for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize this year), the band tore through "Mirror's Image," "Who Can Say," "Three Decades" and the swirling "Do You Remember." Slow-burning melodrama never sounded better than in "I Only Think of You." Truthfully, the songs are all so catchy that the set was a seamless assault of beautifully inspired reverb rock.

Physically, Faris Baduwan (vocals), Tom Cowan (bass), Joshua "Von Grimm" Hayward (guitar), Rhys "Spider" Webb (keyboards) and "Coffin" Joe Spurgeon (drums) look a bit less heavy on the Munsters chic, although there's still plenty of sharp skinny pants and striped boatneck shirts. They're actually adorable because they don't seem to grasp just how good they are. If they do, maybe they aren't as keenly aware of how refreshing it is to hear a truly great record tweaked out and live in 2009. "Scarlet Fields" and "Primary Colours" never sounded better. The only nod to the past was "Sheena Is a Parasite" during the encore, as well as a fantastic cover of Suicide's "Ghostrider." It's about time someone mined the past with a lesser-known cult band. The Horrors revealed true songwriting talent with Primary Colours, and at Neumos they cranked out authentic raucous energy to match. This band is definitely one to keep an eye on - their future looks impressive already.

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