The Horrors @ Tut’s 29-05-09

June 14, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, May 29 * * * *

The beginning of May saw The Horrors unleash their second album Primary Colours, their first on XL Recordings . Something of a departure from the band’s ghoulish garage-punk debut, it has, like its predecessor, found critics receptive.
The Southend outfit certainly didn’t have to work too hard to convince tonight’s sold-out crowd. With on-edge singer Faris Badwan prowling the stage to a backdrop of shoegazey guitar, relentless rhythm and otherworldly synth – dispensed from a bank of equipment that wouldn’t be out of place in Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory – the five-piece’s new material proved a revelation.
Atmospheric in a sinister creeping way, the vortex of noise emanating from the PA seemed to transfix some while the throng in front of the stage, fuelled by Badwan’s frequent bouts of audience interaction, never let energy levels drop on their part.
Compared to the only old material aired, saved for a raucous encore of which Count In Fives was the highlight, songs like Three Decades, Do You Remember and I Can’t Control Myself showed a greater depth of song-writing and a distinctly cinematic approach. It made final number Sea Within A Sea a dizzying eight minutes and one which ensured the shouts of encore were both vocal and persistent.


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