The Horrors hate 'pretentious' lyrics

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 July 2011
Faris Badwan

Faris Badwan

The Horrors' frontman Faris Badwan says he likes people to ''make their own insights'' into his lyrics, rather than writing ''pretentious'' words

The Horrors' Faris Badwan doesn't like lyrics to be "too pretentious".

The 24-year-old lead singer in the band - which is also made up of Joshua Hayward (guitar) Tom Cowan (synthesizer and bass) Rhys Webb (bass and organs) and Joseph Spurgeon (drums) - prefers people to "make their own insights" into his words.

He said: "I know everyone succumbs to the odd cliche and everyone writes a rotten lyric, but I never like them to seem too planned out or pretentious. I like it when people make their own insights."

Rhys revealed the group - who have previously released albums 'Strange House' and 'Primary Colours' - wanted to experiment on their latest record 'Skying' and touch on their combined interest of a "warped sense of reality".

He said: "I think you can really paint a picture with music. The early stuff was quite straightforward and monochrome. I think we did want to go technicolour and psychedelic and explore what we could do with what we had to do it with.

"We're all interested in that feeling of a warped sense of reality, elevation in music and the way music can affect the listener and how you feel when you hear it. It's a really powerful thing. The idea of elevation and euphoria is something that we like."

The Horrors

Hailing from Southend-on-Sea, the four-piece performs psychedelic punk tinged with elements of goth.

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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