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Lout red vinyl

It’s been four years since British synth-krautrockers The Horrors made our ears happy with their fifth LP called “V”. A first-class work of multi-layered-soundscapes. The Horrors’ EP “Lout” is a quick listen at only three tracks, and it doesn’t waste a second of fuzzy, thrashing sound. “Lout” is the British band’s first release of new music since 2017’s “V“, and is a chaotic and addicting outpouring of noise. From the pulsating synths on “Org” to the driving distorted guitar on the title track, The Horrors take no breaks from their intense, high-energy creation on their latest release.

A great Surpriiiise! that The Horrors are back to deafen/delight in equal measure. Our new song “Lout” is available to dissect, devour and destroy on all streaming platforms now. Taken from our upcoming EP, released in full on 12.03.21. Thank you to Lauren Laverne for giving it its first play today.

They’re finally back from wherever they were hiding. And how! New single “Lout”, the title-track from a new upcoming EP, is a mind-slashing, industrial drone that keeps on pounding and pounding until the wall comes down. Hefty stuff, folks! Just the way I like it, any day, any time!

The long-awaited return with a brand-new single “Lout” released on blood red 7” vinyl, strictly limited to 1500 copies worldwide.

According to lead singer Faris Badwan, “Lout is about the relationship between choice and chance, compulsive risk-taking and pushing your luck. As a band, particularly live, we’ve always had an aggressive side and as we began writing new songs it became clear that we were heading in that direction.”

This bold new sound is partnered with a striking visual aesthetic carried across the artwork, videos, upcoming merch collection and press shots, born from collaborations between the band and creative director Bunny Kinney, legendary beauty executive Isamaya Ffrench, videographer Jordan Hemingway and Loverboy designer Charles Jeffrey.

The Horrors the band returns to their roots with more of a Ministry/Nine Inch Nails edge. This three-song EP takes a sharp left turn from the band’s more recent albums which swam more in the pop/electronic pool and we’re happy to see the band embrace the heavier side of their sound.

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With their fifth album, ‘V’, The Horrors were ready to take on all comers, vigorously enforcing the widely-held belief that their time was at hand.
Renowned for boldly going where most bands fear to tread, The Horrors are masters of reinvention who once again upped the ante with their compelling, enigmatically-titled fifth album, V.
The chameleonic Southend-on-Sea popsters initially sprang onto the scene touting a chaotic fusion of 80s gothabilly and 60s garage-rock on their 2007 debut, Strange House. Yet after they changed course dramatically with 2009’s epic, motorik-influenced single ‘Sea Within A Sea’, they’ve continued to wow fans and critics. Their sophomore release, the psychedelia-streaked Primary Colours (produced by Portishead mainstay Geoff Barrow) drew considerable praise, while 2011’s synth-heavy Skying and 2014’s Luminous have ensured that The Horrors’ career remains on an upward trajectory.

The band followed their muse (almost literally) to the end of the earth to work up the songs for V. Frontman Faris Badwan and bassist Rhys Webb decamped to Iceland with a Korg drum machine and some acoustic guitars to write songs in a remote cabin, while guitarist Joshua Third, keyboard wizard Tom Furse and drummer Joseph Spurgeon also composed new tracks individually. Bringing it all back home, the quintet later hooked up with producer Paul Epworth (Paul McCartney, Coldplay, U2) and magic began to happen.

Recalling the V album sessions with fondness, The Horrors were fulsome with praise for their new producer’s enthusiasm, not to mention his spontaneity. “We’d start off with some little motif, usually an electronic loop that seemed appealing, and build stuff up,” said Joshua Third. “It was like two songs a day, we hadn’t worked like that in years. He [Epworth] would keep the whole thing rolling, whereas we’d got to a stage where we’d bunker down and chat about something for ages. But he’s so obsessed with action, it’s refreshing.”

Equal parts light and shade, V, which was released on 22nd September 2017, is arguably the darkest, yet conversely the most accessible record The Horrors have unleashed to date. The album introduces itself in dramatic fashion, with glacial, Gary Numan-esque synths framing the churning, industrial pop of ‘Hologram’, while the glitchy electronica ushering in ‘Machine’ morphs into prowling, Stooges-style aggression as the song shifts into high gear. Destined to join ‘Still Life’ and ‘Sea Within A Sea’ as one of The Horrors’ signature songs, meanwhile, V’s centrepiece is surely ‘Weighed Down’: an elegiac, dub-infused anthem which slow-burns its way across an unmissable six and a half minutes.

Elsewhere, however, V parades some of the most unashamedly confident, radio-friendly pop of The Horrors’ career to date. Buoyed up by bubbling sequencers, the recently released ‘Something To Remember Me By’ has already burnt up the airwaves, while the snappy ‘World Below’ and poised, infectious ‘Press Enter To Exit’ exude all the hallmarks of killer hits-in-waiting. Then there’s the album’s dark horse, ‘Gathering’: an eerie, ‘Karma Police’-esque commentary on CCTV-related surveillance culture couched in the most elegant and enticing of melodies.

Released in the wake of an arena tour supporting Depeche Mode, wherein the band proved beyond doubt they’re capable of conquering stadiums on their own, V vigorously enforced the widely-held belief that The Horrors were ready to take on all comers. As the chorus to ‘Hologram’ suggests – they just need to “ride this wave as far as we can”.

Cat’s Eyes, the band from the Horrors‘ Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira, have shared the music video for “Drag.” The video was directed by James Lawes. In it, Badwan and Zeffira play a couple in the middle of a very violent relationship. (Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart.) . “Drag” appears on the upcoming Treasure House LP, which is out June 3rd on RAF via Kobalt Label Services.

Cat’s Eyes are pleased to announce their new single ‘Drag’, This track is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Treasure House” which will be released on June 3rd 2016.The album was recorded at Real World Studios in 2015, and was produced and mixed by Steve Osborne.