- 22 Sep 17
Art-rock mavericks The Horrors on their album of the year contender V, touring with Nine Inch Nails and collaborating with Gorillaz.
One of the UK’s best groups, The Horrors, shortly return with their fifth album, the straightforwardly titled V. It’s another brilliant excursion from Faris Badwan and the boys, with their restless creative streak this time finding them straying into Gary Numan-style electro, catchy synth-pop and abrasive industrial.
“We didn’t have the end result planned out,” notes The Horrors’ softly-spoken, friendly Josh Hayward, speaking from his North London abode. “But with the last two albums, we did them in our own studio and produced them ourselves. This time we decided it to change it up, so we recorded in a different location and got a producer onboard, for probably the first time ever really. Not only that, it was a big name producer, Paul Epworth, who likes to get really involved.”
The Horrors’ remarkable capacity for reinvention puts them in the English art school tradition of Blur and Radiohead, with their insatiable appetite for new sounds leading them to champion various underground acts. One such group is the utterly incredible Australian avant-garde outfit HTRK (pronounced ‘Hate Rock’), namechecked a number of times in interviews by frontman Badwan.