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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”.

Newcastle’s Hit The North Festival has announced the 2018 festival line-up.

Taking place on Sunday 6th May across 15 venues in Newcastle City Centre, Hit The North will continue to champion new music, from established bands with new releases to new bands on the scene. The Horrors have been announced as the first headliner for Hit The North 2018, following the release of their fifth studio album ‘V’.

Joining them on the line-up are acts including Marmozets, Tom Grennan, Blaenavon, Sunset Sons and Pale Waves. LMLL favourites MarsicansSea Girls and Hockey Dad also join this year’s line-up, championing new music.

This year, Hit The North Festival will take place across the full weekend with opening parties on Friday 4th May (Drenge, Jungle and Circa Waves), Meet The North on Saturday 5th May and the Hit The North on Sunday 6th May.

Tickets for the full weekend are priced at £50, with day tickets for the main festival available for £30 via Gigs North East. Find out more about the full Hit The North Festival 2018 line-up via!


The Horrors return with their fifth album and it’s full of synth pop and futurism – produced by Paul Epworth and released on his label. There’s darkness, windswept melancholia and self destructive noise. The Horrors have raided the 80’s closet and deliver a thrilling and substantial pop album.

With their fifth album, The Horrors have delivered their best batch of songs to date, a further refinement of the formula—Simple Minds-esque new wave meets baggy Madchester meets shoegaze psychedelia—that the British group has been perfecting ever since 2011’s Skying officially shrugged off the group’s gothic, shriek-punk origins. These songs are also their biggest: There isn’t a moment on that doesn’t sound tailored for arena stages (where the group’s lately been playing with Depeche Mode, an obvious influence on roiling industrial cuts like “Machine”), yet minus the pomposity that so many groups tend to affect at that level. It’s a perfect distillation of The Horrors’ slow and deliberate evolution over the years. It will be hard to top.

new record, “V”, is coming out on September 22nd

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The Horrors have shared a third track from their new record. Scroll below to hear ‘Weighed Down’. The London-based band will release their fifth record ‘V’ on September 22. It follows on from 2014’s ‘Luminous’.

Following on from the album’s lead single ‘Machine’ and their record’s synth-pop closing track ‘Something To Remember Me By’, The Horrors have now unveiled ‘Weighed Down’. A sprawling, mind-bending and glitchy number,

Music video by The Horrors performing Weighed Down. (C) 2017 Wolf Tone Limited, under exclusive license to Caroline International.

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The London-based band will release their fifth record ‘V’ on September 22nd . It follows on from 2014’s ‘Luminous’.
With their fifth album ‘V’ out on September 22nd, The Horrors have shared another track from the record, after end piece ‘Something To Remember Me By’  they dropped last month, and ‘Machine’ before that.

‘the song’ is the latest and where the band large it on psychgaze guitars and deep rhythms.

The Horrors - Something To Remember Me By

The Horrors  have always had that danceable sound, whether it’s the bright, shiny synths of ‘Who Can Say’ or the grit of ‘Endless Blue’, the five-piece have always been able to make a crowd move. It’s not until now, though, that they’ve fully embraced groove. ‘Something To Remember Me By’, its the closing track from the band’s upcoming fifth album ‘V’, settles into a rhythm early and doesn’t flinch for the next seven minutes.

Embracing the euphoric, propulsive synth-pop of New Order, Faris Badwan’s howl is replaced with a calm but probing whisper, one that proves to be equally affecting. The polar opposite to the band’s muddy, chaotic first single ‘Machine’, the new cut feels like the perfect album closer, and leaves the form and shape of what comes in between across ‘V’ an enticing prospect. A highlight of the band’s recent Latitude set, ‘Something To Remember Me By’ also looks to already be a highlight of their discography.

There’s a moment – exactly as the track hits the four-and-a-half-minute mark – the kind of moment to send blood coursing and incite an unstoppable sense of euphoria. Sending the track, and new album ‘V’, off into a simply wonderful finish, it could be the best thing The Horrors have ever written.

The HORRORS – ” Machine “

Posted: June 19, 2017 in MUSIC

The Horrors have released their first new track in three years. Called “Machine,” it was produced by Paul Epworth who has worked with Adele, FKA twigs, and Thurston Moore, and was recorded at the Church Studios. It’s a slow-builder that stomps along with the Horrors signature darkness. No word on an upcoming album but The Horrors will be playing a handful of dates in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. The band are releasing songs on Spotify as they ready the new album. We’ll be putting all our new songs up on there as they are released – follow us and be the envy of all the other punks

The Horrors are back. Listen to their new single ‘Machine’

SEM Video Exclusive: Elephant Stone Premieres “Child of Nature” (The Tom Furse [The Horrors] Extrapolation)

Yesterday, SEM premiered the video for Anton Newcombe and Fabien Leseure’s remix of “Three Poisons,” the first track on ES3PRMX, a collection of six remixes of songs from Elephant Stone’s breathtaking 2014 LP, The Three Poisons. Tom Furse (The Horrors’ subtractive synthesis genius) reinvents/re-imagines Child of Nature from Elephant Stone’s The Three Poisons (2014) as a house/dancefloor timebomb.

Today, we proudly present the video for Horrors’ keyboardist Tom Furse’s remix of “Child of Nature.”

Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more. Elephant Stone has released two LPs, an EP, and has toured throughout North American and Europe. They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop.

The throbbing chaos of a gig is a common sight to us all, but it’s made especially eerie in this new video from The Horrors, which we’re premiering below, as they distil that raucous energy into visuals of perfect and purple calm, guided by the spellbinding waltz of “Change Your Mind”.

Does the distant and wild crowd interspersed with solitary and sullen shots of the band subtly nod towards the idea of feeling more alone than ever in a room full of people? Who knows. It’s bloody lovely though.



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