Posted in music | tour dates on July 25, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Horrors - Further Away (MP3)

The Horrors

If you were, like me, trying to figure out if it was feasible on Thursday (7/28) to see both Metronomy at Pier 57 and make it to The Horrors sold-out show at Studio @ Webster Hall... you don't have to sweat it anymore. The Horrors show has been moved to August 9. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. The Horrors will be back fora proper North American tour starting in September, which hits Webster Hall (main venue) on October 4.

August 9 is also the US release date for The Horrors' keyboard-heavy third album Skying which takes them further and further away from their goth beginnings. I might even call it a summer album -- Skying is certainly an appropriate title. It received a 7.5 from Pitchfork today:

Skying continues the evolution set in motion 2009's Primary Colours, but with an emphasis on melody and pop form. This time, the band recorded and produced in their own studio, crafting a sound that recalls both the gothic pomp of 80s new wave and the big-screen dreaming of early-90s shoegaze, just as it was beginning to transform into chart-conquering Britpop. That the record can be heard as a catalogue of influences is nothing new for this outfit. They've routinely been tagged as "record collector rock" for their unabashed aping of influences from the Cramps to Can -- and indeed their well-selected covers indicate a group that has spent some time in record shops.
Some of those influence this time include Sparkle in the Rain era Simple Minds and other '80s widescreen pop (The Sound and Chameleons come to mind too), not to mention '90s baggy and Can. The latter can be heard on the eight-minute "Further Away" which you can download at the top of this post.

You can stream the whole of Skying at the bottom of this post. Also down there: the video to single "Still Life" and all 2011 North American tour dates.

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The Horrors - Still Life

The Horrors - 2011 Tour Dates
8/9 - New York, NY - The Studio @ Webster Hall
9/7 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
9/8 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
9/9 - Portland, OR - Dante's
9/10 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
9/12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
9/13 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
9/15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
9/16 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
9/17 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
9/19 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
9/20 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
9/21 - Austin, TX - The Parish
9/23 - St Louis, MO - The Firebird
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
9/25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9/27 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
9/28 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
9/30 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/1 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP
10/2 - Philadelphia, PA%uFFFD - World Cafe Live
10/3 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

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Comments (21)

Yes, I'm sure many people were scrambling to see Metronomy and the Horrors.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 2:41 PM

MOTHERFUCK, THAT'S A DATE I CAN ACTUALLY GO TO.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 2:49 PM

These boys love to play dress up.

The Horrors are pretty much an indie boy band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:02 PM

Oh, thank the Lord.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:07 PM

"MOTHERFUCK, THAT'S A DATE I CAN ACTUALLY GO TO."
- Ditto! So it goes.

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2011 3:15 PM

Whos the special guest?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:17 PM

Oh, Horrors. I thought it said Homos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:20 PM

^ No that would be the main demographic of BV commenters themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:23 PM

3:23 = chief Homo "Ass To Ass"

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:27 PM

For their next LP they're going to dress up like a crust doom metal act. I'm willing to put money on it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 3:47 PM

So to recap:

Wet Hot has been moved to 8/2, and now I can no longer to due to a conflict (Sufjan)

The Horrors has been moved to 8/9, and now I can no longer go due to a conflict (Bon Iver).

Got anymore good news this afternoon???

Posted by Dan | July 25, 2011 4:02 PM

If you have ever been the the part of London they are from you would totally understand their style. I'm sure people from outside Brooklyn would have their own comments about the way you dress.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 4:05 PM

The way they 'dress', or rather they way they 'used to dress' is so shamelessly apparent to me.

When they first made the pages of NME and Q, etc etc etc, they were dressed in black and looked like characters out of a Gorey meets Burton story. I don't know whether they decided that themselves or whether a manager of some sort told them to dress like that, but it worked.. It was a gimmick and the music business and the world (and people) in general are so easy to hook, they are extremely easy bait and usually fall for the simplest of gimmicks. The name of the band itself and primarily their sense of dress is what made them popular, it got their proverbial feet in the proverbial door.

Why do I bring all of this up? Because it's so funny that they just by chance are dressed in a completely toned down, somewhat regular look nowadays. Whether done consciously or not, it's them saying 'Okay, it worked, we don't have to dress like the fucking Addams Family anymore.'

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 4:16 PM

3:27: Reacting out of a truhful comment that hit a nerve. Alright! Score one for me yet again!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 4:18 PM

Dan: Ditch those two hackts (acts+hacks) and go see WHAS and The Horrors anyway. Better yet, go get The State on DVD and just watch that and then go see the Damned in October. Win/Win!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 4:25 PM

Yeah, Dan .. you're taste in music sucks ass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 4:57 PM

3:23 / 4:18 = a self-described homosexual. not that there's anything wrong with that, just that he's too stupid to notice that he's included himself in a disparaging rant. pretty funny, actually.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 7:59 PM

they look kinda cool don't you people think
and the tunes are pretty sweet

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 9:09 PM

fuck the fashion. primary colours was great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 10:07 PM

"3:23 / 4:18 = a self-described homosexual. not that there's anything wrong with that, just that he's too stupid to notice that he's included himself in a disparaging rant. pretty funny, actually."

Sorry ta disappoint ya but I'm not your type, trendie. You see, I like women. But I know the truth hurts and you're just trying to spin the homo dig on me now as a means of coping with you being closeted. Like all the other hipsters out there!

I think you have other things to worry about. Like taking your HIV medication on time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2011 12:00 PM

These boys love to play dress up.

The Horrors are pretty much an indie boy band.

Posted by Fax Number Tiscali | January 10, 2013 4:36 PM

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