Review: The Horrors – Primary Colours

The Horrors made themselves known a few years ago. They had a strong image but little else to recommend them, with their appeal unlikely to stretch beyond black-clad students; eager to grab on to the coat tails of the new fashionistas. That was several years ago though and The Horrors have not only made a second album (a surprise in itself) but also filled it with a quite magnificent set of songs.


From ‘Mirror’s Image’s sedate intro to the lengthy, sprawling Krautrock coda that is ‘Sea Within A Sea’, ‘Primary Colours’ sounds like an important event. It is undoubtedly referential to the past – ‘Do You Remember’ apes the brilliant riff from Siouxsie And The Banshees’ ‘Nighshift’ and for ‘New Ice Age’, frontman Faris gives his best Pete Murphy impersonation – but when that past is a crossroads between Bauhaus and the My Bloody Valentine school of shoegaze, you know you’re in for a thrilling ride.

In the case of ‘Who Can Say’ and ‘Scarlet Fields’, the effect is disorientating and exciting; like travelling on a rollercoaster with an undercarriage of buzzsaw guitars and ghost train synths for company. ‘I Only Think Of You’ sees a change of pace but The Horrors tackle it brilliantly with a glacial, distorted work of beauty.

One could suggest ‘Primary Colours’ gives a welcome shot in the arm to the genres of shoegazing and goth. To put it more simplistically though, it’s one of the best albums of the year.

Web Sites:
The Horrors Official Site
The Horrors MySpace

Further Listening:
My Bloody Valentine, Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes, Soul Merchants

1 Response to “Review: The Horrors – Primary Colours”

  1. 1 Best Albums Of 2009 « The Weblog Of Leonard’s Lair Trackback on January 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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