Posted in music | tour dates on August 10, 2011

by Bill Pearis

Horrors

The Horrors played their first NYC show in a year a half at the tiny Studio at Webster Hall last night (8/9), coinciding with the release of their third album, Skying, which takes them further away from the band's goth beginnings. In fact, the 11-song set was almost equally divided between Skying and 2009's Primary Colours, without a single song from their debut Strange House -- probably much to the disappointment of the folks I saw in line with the novelty contact lenses.

The show was also broadcast live online via MTV, and you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post. It's certainly a better sounding experience than what I heard standing stage left near the front. Despite a load of trucked in gear and a ton of techies, that space isn't ideal for as manicured a sound as The Horrors'. I could barely hear guitarist Joshua Hayward so well from my vantage point, though half the time I'm pretty sure he was running through so many effects pedals it didn't really sound like stringed instrument anymore.

That said, it was a good set. The band are tight and played most of what you'd want to hear off the last two (very good) albums. Frontman Faris Badwan is a master at hanging off the microphone, glowering underneath that mop of hair, which grew sweatier every song as the humid evening continued. MVP's of the show were the band's killer rhythm section, that laid down a solid groove through the 11-song set, their skill none more apparent than on Skying epic centerpiece "Moving Further Away" which was so good it pumped the crowd for an encore which never came. Maybe they should play that one next to last.

The Horrors will be back for a proper tour of the U.S. in a month, including a stop at Webster Hall (upstairs this time) on October 4. All upcoming Horrors dates, plus video stream of last night's show and the setlist are below.

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The Horrors - Studio @ Webster Hall 8.09.2011

The Horrors - Studio @ Webster Hall 8.09.2011
Changing the Rain
Who Can Say?
I Can See Through You
Scarlet Fields
Dive In
Three Decades
Endless Blue
Sea Within a Sea
Still Life
Mirror's Image
Moving Further Away
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The Horrors -- 2011 Tour Dates
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 - World Cafe Live
10/3 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

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Comments (15)

Thx for the video, its hard to find the less popular artists of the states here in Belgium.

Posted by industriele montage | August 10, 2011 8:06 AM

^ Especially when they're from England! I wish they would play some older tracks. The new album is decent though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 8:52 AM

>>"Frontman Faris Badwan is a master at hanging off the microphone, glowering underneath that mop of hair.."

There's a special talent for you! :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:01 AM

next Radiohead anyone? Fantastic group.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:11 AM

Reminds me of the Chameleons.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:18 AM

thats because they rip off the chameleons.

the horrors are fine enough but at their best, they are a third rate covers band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 9:54 AM

This band could not even sell out Maxwell's a few years back...

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 10:19 AM

yeah hard to deny the chameleons influence, even on the new record. they definitely don't hide their influences, but they do what they do very well.

Posted by bill p | August 10, 2011 10:26 AM

the only good album is the first one...

Posted by m | August 10, 2011 11:14 AM

Hmm, well. By the end of the year I'd anticipate them selling out Terminal 5. So, I guess they played Maxwell's when they were on their way up. Think about that. There is a nice arc to this band's career. Still heading straight up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 11:27 AM

It sounded absolutely HORRORible. That played that one song from the Breakfast Club soundtrack which was coool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 12:26 PM

In terms of cover bands, you really can't beat the Rolling Stones.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 1:13 PM

Saw John Norris there with a winter hat on, wtf?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 6:36 PM

The Horrors are the genuine article. There is nothing false about them. They are not scene jumpers or trend followers. You know they live, breathe and eat whatever scene they are currently ripping-off! Now if you'll excuse me I'll walk past the record shop and not pick up Skying. I've already got the first three Simple Minds records.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 7:37 PM

I love rip-offs of other bands. They sound better, too! And the fact that it pisses of the snotty hipsters makes it an added bonus. MUWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011 7:51 PM

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