Saturday, June 23rd will be a rocking night at The Fine Line with a performance from The Horrors.
“It is a risk”, says Faris Badwan, singer with The Horrors, whose fifth album V, released on September 22nd via Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label/Caroline International, is further proof of his band’s bold refusal to stand still. “But life isn’t much fun without risk. It’s the antithesis of being creative, if you know what you’re going to be doing every time.”
The spaciousness and basslines of dub reggae are an influence the band acknowledge. The pace is unhurried, and the extended structures allow The Horrors’ ever-improving songwriting the room to breathe. The conventional limits of the three-minute pop song are rarely respected. On a number of occasions, “Two Way Mirror” being a notable example, a song feels as though it’s reaching a natural conclusion, only for a grandiose coda to prolong the song by another stretch. “I always find it satisfying,” smiles Badwan, “in a slightly sadistic way, when we’re playing live, and a song drops down and the audience claps, and little do they know there’s actually still seven minutes left.” Third also takes pleasure in this trademark Horrors trick. “I’d never say we’re on the same level, but that’s something you notice on great Beach Boys records. The second verse going off on a tangent. Because everyone thinks they know what a song’s meant to sound like, so you want to trip them up a little bit.”
Comparisons with epic 80’s pop will be inevitable. They have been ever since third album Skying, whose reviews were full of references to Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen and Psychedelic Furs. On V, names like Talk Talk (of whom Webb is a particular admirer), Duran Duran, Gary Numan (particularly on opening track “Hologram”, which Webb calls “a nod of the hat”) and Tears For Fears spring to mind. But this, each Horror independently assures, is broadly accidental, rather than conscious imitation.
Tickets are available here.
Remaining Tour Dates:
21 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge
22 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave Bar
23- Minneapolis, Min. @ The Fine Line
25 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre
27 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumos
28 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
29 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Independent
01 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Regent Theater