The Horrors - Skying (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

The Horrors - Skying

Some highlights here, but ubiquitous retro pop nonsense blunts their edge


Did someone replace the light bulbs in The Horrors’ recording studio? Have they started taking multi-vitamins? Something uplifting has happened to what was previously Britain’s blackest band. And, unfortunately, it’s blunted their edge. The first three and a half tracks of Skying are a disappointingly limp mix of baggy grooves, brass orchestration and the sort of chorus lines that Coldplay would consider, and then reject. Three and a half tracks because, midway through ‘Endless Blue’ they start playing their instruments properly again – wigging out with a momentum that carries them through to the album’s haunting, psychedelic highlight, ‘Still Life’. Nevertheless, The Horrors should be making painfully dark, fiercely unique music, not this sort of ubiquitous retro pop nonsense. Trends come and go, but black never goes out of fashion.

The Horrors - Still Life

The Horrors

Garage rock and post punk from the English indie rockers as they tour their fourth album Luminous.

Bierkeller, Bristol

Wed 25 Oct

£17.50 / 0117 926 8514

KOKO, London NW1

Sun 29 Oct

£18.50 / 0870 432 5527

Leeds Metropolitan University Studio Theatre

Sat 21 Oct

£17.50 / 0113 283 5998

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