Horrors, The / Primary Colours
Album: Primary Colours   Collection:General
Artist:Horrors, The   Added:May 2009
Label:Xl Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-09-06 Pull Date: 2009-11-08
Week Ending: Nov 1 Oct 25 Oct 18 Sep 27 Sep 20 Sep 13
Airplays: 2 2 1 2 4 6

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 02, 2017: The Fuzz Deli
Who Can Say
4. Apr 20, 2016: a strange pursuit
Sea Within A Sea
2. Nov 16, 2016: deep storage
I Only Think Of You
5. Jul 05, 2014: Fishbowl
Do You Remember
3. May 12, 2016: radio seven (autobiographical)
Mirror's Image
6. May 29, 2014: The Sunset Life
Sea Within A Sea

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2009-08-30
Brit psych rock, shoegaze. Rockier than strict shoegaze, but fuzzier than garage. Has a post-punk edge. Vocals (among other things) remind me of the Psychedelic Furs and Ian Curtis. Good if you like: The Cure, Sonic Youth, The Sonics, Joy Division, JAMC, KOD, Slowdive -- even post-punkier Stooges stuff. Should be a solid fixture on any self-respecting shoegaze show.

The Horrors are a relatively new (circa ’05) band out of Southend. Once upon a time (first record upon a time) they apparently sounded like a Cramps tribute band (see: “Sheena is a Parasite”). I have no idea what happened between then and now, but, wow. This is their second record, co-produced by Craig Silvey (who writes novels), Geoff Barrow (who plays in Portishead), and music video director Chris Cunningham (seriously, have you seen “Rubber Johnny”?). Whatever, guys.

try: 4, 3, 6, 9
FCC clean

1. starts slow & vibey. bass in at 1:15, snare-heavy drums & whirlwind guitars. high circular synth riff repeats throughout.
2. upbeat. very train-a-coming sound all around. twangy, boomerangy, echoey, delayed distortion & bends.
*3. heavy, rocky. tambourine, high fuzzy keys, more prominent vocals.
*4. great fucking song. high & slidy oasis riff and grungy, gritty vocals. big & loud.
5. edgy, punky garage. buzzcocky vocals. jolting parallel-move chorus. didn’t they teach you not to do that in music school?!
*6. warbly intro. thrumming chord-keeping bass line at 0:30. smooth, low vocals and clean drumkit. delayed effects & cool stringy synth bit. false ending, play to end.
7. slower. bass drum & tambourine interplay. organy noise & croony vocals. builds, ends a few seconds early.
8. upbeat. 3/4. tambourine & hi-hat on each beat shifts to rhythm strums on each beat. repetitive, lulling.
*9. fast, bright. happy/uplifting. faraway guitars, snare-heavy kit. cool train twang.
10. a great, long, layered jam. starts off like wilco’s spiders (kidsmoke): quick timekeeper bass & rapped cymbals. moves into an eerie wash, then delayed computer beat, then warm horn sectiony synth. ends slow & pretty.

Track Listing
1. Mirror's Image   6. Scarlet Fields
2. Three Decades   7. I Only Think Of You
3. Who Can Say   8. I Can't Control Myself
4. Do You Remember   9. Primary Colours
5. New Ice Age   10. Sea Within A Sea