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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… The Horrors November 21, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

The Horrors? Why yes, let’s for a change look at something contemporary. I missed their first album, bar Sheena is A Parasite – guest stars and suchlike not withstanding, writing them off as a sort of one trick pony band, a bit like The Hives of yesteryear.

That’s not entirely unreasonable, their carcrash sound of punk/garage/goth – ish was cartoon like writ large.

So it wasn’t with any great appetite that I managed to get Primary Colours, their latest magnum opus. And nor was I aware of the hoopla surrounding it suggesting that it was a modern masterpiece.

But I was a bit surprised listening to it to discover that somehow they’d morphed from garage punk goth to… er… krautrock and er… shoegaze. So much so that I had to stop the album and check the sleeve art on the iPod. Which is nice. And curiously they sound like nothing so much as a cross between My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and… and this is central to their sound… The Chameleons (and in a more direct way than Interpol’s approach). Which is all for the good as well. Every once in a while one hears them welcome Nick Cave and the Wedding Present and Dave Gedge to the feast. Eclectic, in a narrow sort of a way. For some reason John Cooper Clarke comes to mind, but that could be the suit.

Now, the album is no masterpiece, although it may be as close as we get to such in this decadent age where every key change and most chords have been heard before, at least once twice or a near infinite number of times. And maybe that’s no small achievement in its own way.

Are they on tracks like I only think of you taking the piss? Well, maybe. But that’s fair enough.

Check out first single, The Sea Within A Sea which starts off as an homage to Neu and then half way through turns major key, sounding like a warmer Gary Numan crossed with first album Chameleons. And that sound in the background? Perhaps a section of their fan-base detaching as their heroes grow a little older and become a little experimental. I hope they don’t lose them entirely.

You’ll gather I like this one. A lot.

WHo Can Say

The Sea Within A Sea

The New Ice Age

I only think of you

Scarlet Fields


1. goodhardrant - November 21, 2009

This is _excellent_ stuff. Aside from CLR’s political discussions, I genuinely enjoy your forays into music of a weekend, despite generational differences, and it’s one of the things that distinguishes this blog from the more-orthodox-and-deadly-serious-than-thou political sites where you’d think people’s heads would explode if they listened to anything other than The Internationale or Billy Bragg (if they’re ‘hip’). Thank God. I’m off to download this, pull my fringe over my face and smudge my eye-liner in a moody fashion. Maith thú, WBS


2. WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2009

Go raibh maith agat a chara.


3. thespiralscratch - May 7, 2010

I put some Wedding Present pics up from their recent San Francisco date, check them out at http://thespiralscratch.wordpress.com/


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