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The Horrors…

Mayhem! treated ten lucky readers to free tickets for five-piece garage rave rockers The Horrors at the Pyramids in May – so we came along to find out what all the fuss was about!

An ample audience filled The Pyramids eager for their performance. On scanning the room we couldn’t help notice that most fans seemed to be older than the band members themselves, perhaps reminscent of the old-school influences of ‘back to the roots’ garage and rave in their music.

From a band that appear on the surface to be indie rock, it was confusing at first when the sounds launched at us were dramatic spaced out and emotive with a plethora of effects. Most of the tracks had a simplistic rhythm and club like repetition that led to a feeling of euphoria and at times with the psychedelic lighting effects Austin Powers would have felt at home on stage.

Sporadic influences that showed themselves here and there were vocals similar to David Bowie and Eric Clapton, but this gave the sound a feeling of ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’ and the songs were coated with playful electro rock and a mash up of harmonic sounds that clashed in a way that worked, both bizarre and tantalising!

The only weakness was the lack of energy in their performance and in particular engagement from the frontman who seemed to prefer to keep his head down and concentrate than interact with the audience.  This removed the main appeal and reward of seeing a band live and we couldn’t help but wonder if we may as well have had the album blasted out and enjoyed their music with our eyes closed.

However, once sucked into the glitter ball fantasy world of ‘anything but’ the ‘horrific’ there was no choice but to be moved by the music. The Horrors evoked the sense you were part of an entity or world of sound that formed and changed shape smoothly through each track. It was like a stoner raver and indie mod clan had reproduced! Bizarre, intriguing and with the potential to be ground breaking.

 

Written by Jennifer Le Roux
Photos by Joe Watson