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Primary Colours

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 12, 2009 by thezombiesnakecharmer

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The highly acclaimed new album of the Horrors is finally out since last week. It took me a few days to get into it to be honest. Although a lot of critics seems to find their first album too childish, Strange House was one of my favorites album of 2007. I just loved that kind of psychobilly/Cramps/Hammond organs revival. I also saw them live while they were touring for their first album and they gave me a huge impression. They were full of energy and their tracks were perfect for live use.

But now this second album is miles ahead from Strange House. The Horrors can not be criticized to be childish anymore, you can simply see this by looking at press pictures. They are still dressed in black but not with fancy emo/goth haircuts and clothes anymore. This could be just a detail but imo it represents their state of mind for creating this album.

While listening to this new album: Primary Colours i keep on having the feeling that the ghost of Ian Curtis (Joy Division) haunts the singer. And maybe not only the singer, but the whole atmosphere makes me think of Joy Division or even Warsaw, playing under the directing of the producer Geoff Barrow. Geoff, not only mastermind of Portishead instilled a darker and colder breath to the Horrors music. I know that saying that this is the album of maturity for an artist is often misused, but we can say that here. Indeed while the first album was a bomb packed of garage, psychobilly energetic tracks, Primary Colours joins the dark side of post-psychedelic punk. Don’t get me wrong the energy is still there but used differently, mostly with sobriety that sometimes explodes in a reverb guitar solo from another dimension.

So imagine a mixture of Joy Division, Portishead, Zombie Zombie and the Emperor Machine and you get this masterpiece: Primary Colours.

mp3:

The Horrors – Mirror’s Image

Murder Rocket within the sea

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 19, 2009 by thezombiesnakecharmer

And again Alan Hostage hooks us up with a smashing new track (though i’m not very fan of the vocal sample in the middle) inspired by the Belgian crowd (it’s true we are party animals :p) which was doing strange noises during the breaks of one of his gig in Belgium two weeks ago…

Check it here:

Hostage – Murder Rocket

And another thing that was relevant to my interests this week, was the new track made byt the UK band the Horrors.

After their first smashing album Strange House (one of my favorite rock album of all times) they are back in May with a brand new album called Primary Colours.

They published the first track of the album, which was produced by the talented Geoff Barrow (Portishead), this week and you can get it by subscribing to their newsletter on their site. This track: Sea Within A Sea sounds really promising for the new album, with a psychedelic, cold and hypnotic sound!

Check the video here: