Gig Review by Stuart Lilley with Photography by Wayne Fox

The Horrors return with their monstrous new album ‘V’, exhibiting class & creativity on their latest UK tour. The boys from Southend-on-Sea delighted Birmingham with a real swagger about them. An indulgent performance that stimulated the senses & entertained throughout.

The Horrors

“Ah! The Horrors! Remember them?” I heard, as I waited in line at the O2 Institute. I could only imagine the girl behind me was attending a surprise gig that her boyfriend hadn’t told her about as she read a flyer reading: THE HORRORS AFTERSHOW PARTY. I was wrong- venue change! So, I began the 15-minute stroll, in the drizzle, over to where The Horrors were actually playing! Well Faris, it was certainly worth it!

Baba Naga

Baba Naga

Baba Naga were in support. An intro of 3-6 distinguishable tracks, a blend of almost psychedelic prog-rock with some classic yet grungy riffs & drums. They whetted the appetite for The Horrors fans perfectly & complemented their perceived new style. I will be adding them to my Spotify playlist.

The Horrors

Powering in with ‘Hologram’ & ‘Machine’ from V, the 5th studio album, The Horrors churned up the crowd. After thanking Baba Naga, we entered the eerie fairground sounds of ‘Who Can Say’ with conviction. A celebrated song by the male dominant crowd.

The Horrors

A cinematic feel encompassed the room when we were treated to ‘In & Out of Sight’, a real crowd pleaser & in receipt of the loudest cheer of the night. Signature tracks, ‘Mirror’s Image’ & ‘Sea Within a Sea’ got the fans bouncing & a thankful Faris Badwan greeted the crowd, “This is for those who have been with us for 10 years, from the beginning.”

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A decadent performance of ‘Weighed Down’ unravelled from the stage in golden lighting, maintaining the aura of cinema. The band’s silhouettes remaining throughout, the catchy ‘Press Enter to Exit’ & indulging ‘Endless Blue’ followed. The microphone stand was tossed about, accompanied by erratic movements from Faris, impressing synergy in symmetry with the respondent fans.

The Horrors

‘Still Life’, further insignia from The Horrors, preceded the encore. “The moment that you want is coming if you give it time.” They didn’t keep us waiting for long as a return of ‘Ghost’, aptly named for this time of year & an epitome of the seemingly new sound from the new album, crashed in.

The Horrors

The bassline of ‘Something to Remember Me By’ brought the ‘football fan’ out of some crowd members. It was an emphatic end to what had been a demonstration of how versatile The Horrors are.

The Horrors

The band have evolved since the early gothic days of ‘Strange House’, travelling through the psychedelic ‘Primary Colours’, ‘Skying’ & ‘Luminous’ to the more futuristic ‘V’ sound. There was an edginess & rockier feel to the performance, a suggestion that experimenting further cannot be ruled out. With Faris & Tom Cowan having worked on other projects, ‘Cat’s Eyes’ & ‘Tom Furse’ more recently I am grateful that not only have The Horrors continued, but in doing so they have expelled any doubts about their class.

The Horrors

“Ah! The Horrors! Remember them?” Yes I do!

Setlist: Hologram / Machine / Who Can Say / In and Out of Sight / Mirror’s Image / Sea Within a Sea / Weighed Down / Press Enter to Exit / Endless Blue / Still / Life / Ghost / Something to Remember Me By

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The Horrors

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