To this day, whenever I’m out and playing records and throw down something off of The Horrors 2009 release, Primary Colours, the reaction is the same. It’s a “Who was that?” Followed by, “It’s the Horrors,” and a “But I thought they were that goth punk band who played dress up…”
Yes, The Horrors and their frontman, Faris Badwan, have come a long way since their 2007 debut, Strange House. They’ve gone from an entertaining band re-hashing the horror punk of The Misfits and The Cramps, to one of the more exciting rock bands playing today. Primary Colours contained elements of new wave, shoegaze, krautrock, and trip-hop, all expertly guided by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. The experimentation continues here on, “Face in the Crowd,” by Cat’s Eyes, the latest single by Badwan’s project with Rachel Zeffira. The basic vibe is that of the go-go Sixties and The Zombies, but like Primary Colours, the star here is the production. It’s modern, nuanced and mysterious. The vocals of Badwan and Zeffira are both cloaked in echo. There’s a small chime here and a dragged out guitar chord there. Buzzes, whooshes and swirls whirl in the background. So, instead of coming off as just another garage rock band who just stumbled upon some classic nuggets, they do the unthinkable, and sound vibrant and new.