The Horrors

The Horrors - Goth meets Shoegaze - goes steady. (photo: Phil Sharp)

The Horrors
The Horrors – Goth meets Shoegaze – goes steady. (photo: Phil Sharp)

The Horrors – Live at Glastonbury 2009 – BBC 6 Music –

The Horrors to end the working week. One of those bands that could defy description, but on closer inspection reveal a peaceful co-existence between Goth, Shoegaze, Garage Rock, Post-Punk and touches of Psych added to the mix. The result was almost immediate attention from the Press who, on more than one occasion, referred to The Horrors as “the band to watch’. They have been dubbed “the saviors of Garage Rock”, while branching into more experimental territory starting with their second album. Their latest album V has been declared the most ambitious album to date

The predictions were facts, and in the 13 years they’ve been together they’ve released a string of successful albums (in the UK, the U.S. has been slow to respond) and a pile of singles. More recently, they were a support band for much of the 2017 Global Spirit tour with Depeche Mode and have played most of the Summer festivals since 2007.

This show, from the 2009 Glastonbury Festival, comes around the time of the release of their second album, Primary Colours. And like their debut album, Primary Colours was universally acclaimed, entering the charts at #25 as well as being put on the short-list for the Mercury Prize. It was also co-produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, adding an extra touch to the procedings.

Clearly a band that’s doing something right. The one thing that’s changed is they are now headlining more, as opposed to support and have embarked on several headlining tours since 2011 (with the exception of the Depeche Mode 2017 tour). 2011 was also the year they started charting in the U.S. – and one of the reasons they’ve been doing numerous U.S. tours is in an effort to crack the market. They’ve been getting considerable airplay on the Public Radio/College Stations, which has been working well for them.

If you aren’t familiar, check this 2009 show out. If you are familiar, this may ring a few nostalgic bells for you.

In any case, play loud.

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