August 23rd, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments
This week’s band of the week went from over-hyped, over-stylicized Britinanicans to a pretty solid, respectable band. The band of the week is…
Actually, the truth is I kind of liked The Horrors‘ early stuff. “Sheena Is A Parasite” was kind of cool and it had that The Thing-homaging/ripping off video to boot, which was cool. But they were so overhyped as the next big thing by NME – as they are wont to do – that nobody could possibly take them seriously. So they took their time and eventually released the album Primary Colours, which moved away from the horror/camp vibe they were sporting before, trading it in for something more nuanced, interested in druggy sounds and pop structures. It was basically a good set-up for Skying, which is without a doubt a work of neo-shoegaze, whether the band intended it to be or not. However, from listening to it, I would definitely push towards ‘intended’.
Skying sounds a lot like that moment when shoegaze was starting to fade over to britpop, as Pitchfork accurately pointed out in their review. Basically that means it’s got the beautiful walls of shimmery, churning guitars, but it’s also got those stupid-ass britpop beats. I never like them, but whatever. So no, this isn’t the band’s answer to Loveless (the only thing that every came close to a decent answer was the Lily’s In The Presence Of Nothing) but it is a very well made answer to the best work of Ride and Lush, which learns from many of their mistakes (sounding too cheesy, bad lyrics, forgetting to write melodies). Also, Farris Badwan‘s low, moody, and very British vocals notably hold steady in contrast to the shaky and bad effects-laden vocals of many of the bands from the era of the aforementioned influences
So yeah, like a lot of other neo-shoegazers making stuff better than the original post-Loveless crowd, The Horrors succeed because of strong songwriting. But I already kind of alluded to that. You can check out “You Said” below (complete with seizure-inducing video) if you want to see what I mean. That chorus is a beauty.