The Horrors (formed 2005) The Horrors are a British alternative rock band.
Formation: Tom Cowan (Tomethy Furse) and Faris Badwan (Faris Rotter) met at Rugby School. During frequent record-buying trips to London, they met Rhys 'Spider' Webb and bonded over their love of '60s garage rock. In 2005, they formed a band with Joshua Hayward (Joshua Von Grimm) and Joseph Spurgeon (Coffin Joe).
The Horrors formed around a club night founded by Oliver Abbott and Spider, named Junkclub. When they originally formed, they would practise covers such as 'The Witch' by The Sonics and 'Jack the Ripper' by Screaming Lord Sutch.. Their debut gig took place with LR Rockets at The Spread Eagle on Kingsland Road in August 2005. The name they played under at that time was The Brothers Grimm.
Music Career: The Horrors' debut single was 'Sheena Is A Parasite', released in 2006 on Loog Records. The video for the single was directed by Chris Cunningham, who had previously worked with Aphex Twin. This single was followed by 'Death At The Chapel'.
The Horrors' profile gathered steam with a high-profile show at London's 100 Club in July 2006, as well as appearing on the cover of NME in August of that year. They were then chosen to play the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour, with The View, Mumm-Ra and The Automatic.
The band's debut album, Strange House was released in March 2007 and supported the release with a word tour. Unfortunately, their planned US tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was cancelled due to a lack of financial support. They did, however, perform at a number of festivals, including Glastonbury, Summer Sonic and Splendour in the Grass. Their set list at the time would often include a cover of Joy Division's 'No Love Lost'.
The Horrors made a guest appearance on the third series of The Mighty Boosh, as a band called The Black Tubes.
When The Horrors were chosen as support act on Arctic Monkeys' arena tour, they were not always well-received by the Monkeys' fan base. They were also chosen, however, to support The Sonics, one of the band's major influences.
A documentary of the band's 2007 US tour was named Counting in Fives. The film was premiered at the Sundance Festival.
The second album from The Horrors was named Primary Colours and was produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Craig Silvey and Chris Cunningham. Having left Loog Records in 2007, The Horrors released the album on XL Recordings. They also released a cover of Suicide's 'Shadazz' on Blast First Petite.
Primary Colours was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 209 but lost out to Speech Debelle's Speech Therapy.
The Horrors have self-produced a number of fanzines, including 'Horror Asparagus Stories' and 'Heartbreak Ahead'.
British rockers The Horrors got a big shock one day when they had a girl dressed as a cat sitting in a crate left in their dressing room as part of a ''surprise'' on their rider.
The Horrors once had a girl dressed as a cat sitting in a crate on their rider.
The British rockers love to get a ''surprise'' in their dressing room at every show they play, but they were more shocked than usual at one gig when they went backstage to find a box with someone inside, so much so they didn't want to open it.
Frontman Faris Badwan said: ''We always ask for a surprise, and we've had some great ones - we had a girl dressed as a cat in a crate once.
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Standon Calling's tenth anniversary celebrated with a stellar line-up.
Hertfordshire's most eventful music festival Standon Calling is set to return for its 10th anniversary, and a host of new line-up additions are announced as the event draws nearer; including UK festival favourites The Horrors. Though that's not all you can look forward to.
Joining the likes of already announced headliners Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx are indie five-piece The Horrors, whose last album 'Luminous' (released in 2014) reached number 6 in the UK albums chart, as well as Dingwalls DJs Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge, electro duo Bondax and Scottish synthpop trio Prides.
If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
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The Zombies, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The War On Drugs are among this year's dynamic Austin Psych Fest bill.
Shield your eyes as Austin's most vibrant music festival marks its seventh year from May 2nd-4th 2014. With The Zombies, The Horrors and Temples on this unique bill, are we looking at Austin Psych Fest's best year yet?
Founded in 2008, the Austin Psych Fest started off as a tiny event; a one day blast of sensational independent bands at The Red Barn venue. It took just one year for it to expand into three whole days of psychedelic magic and will this year take place at the Carson Creek Ranch playing host to some of the most well respected bands of the genre in the business. We've had six years so far of this inimitable energy and with old lucky number seven comes a line-up that is arguably the festival's most interesting yet.
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The Horrors Sunday 11th March 2012 Circus of Horrors live at the Kings Theatre
On paper, The Horrors are flying. Their second album 'Primary Colors' was a total change in direction for the band but not in a way that they sold their souls and went all commercial. Instead, The Horrors channeled their raw energy and came up with a great second album. This gained the band a following but the best was still yet to come, in the shape of their third album, making it third time lucky with 'Skiing'. It was as if the guys hit gold!
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As one-day music festivals go, London's Field Day stands out from the crowd as being the most ambitious and forward-thinking certainly in terms of its booking policy. Concentrating on the more hip end of the spectrum along with legendary artists of yore, the Eat Your Own Ears curated event has hosted the likes of Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Foals, The Horrors and Bat For Lashes at very early stages in their artistic development since its inaugural bash in 2007. Situated in Victoria Park just a stones throw away from Mile End tube station in the capital's east side, this year has seen Field Day expand its number of stages to seven, with the Do You Come Here Often? and joint venture between the Lock Tavern and Shacklewell Arms each hosting line-ups for the first time.
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As musical transformations from archetypical sinners to all-encompassing saints go, the inexplicable rise of The Horrors reads like an excerpt from a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Castigated and dismissed just four years ago as a cartoon garage band, a London scene in-joke whose first release 'Strange House' painted them as little more than a second rate Hives. Even the live show back then seemed to focus around several giant gimmicks; singer Faris Badwan's insistence on jumping in the crowd and smearing audience members with black ink, (then) keyboard player Rhys "Spider" Webb's spooky on-stage manoeuvres, and a penchant for Screaming Lord Sutch covers. It wasn't big, clever or pretty. At times fairly cringeworthy, and yet behind the faÃ§ades the band always seemed capable of talking a god game, not to mention highlighting the fact each one of them owned a remarkable depth of records in their respective collections in the pages and accompanying compilation CDs of the numerous fanzines they put out like 'Horror Asparagus Stories' and 'Sounds From Outer Space'.
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