Posted in music | pictures on April 30, 2014

photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis

The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
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The Horrors

With a new album and an impending appearance at this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, UK band The Horrors stopped in NYC last night (4/29) to play a free show at House of Vans. Cold, rainy anorak weather and the venue's warehouse space made for a good setting for The Horrors' widescreen, if gloomy, rock. As the new Luminious isn't out till next week (5/6), the band opened with a few older songs: "Mirror's Image" and "Scarlett Fields" from 2009's Primary Colours, and "I Can See Through You" from 2011's Skying in between.

The Horrors' 10-song set only hit on three of Luminous' tracks: the lovely "I See You," plus the Madchester-funky "In and Out of Sight" and current, Chameleons-esque single "So Now You Know." I wish they'd played a couple more, especially "Change Your Mind," the closest the band has ever come to a ballad and maybe the best song on the album. HoV's boomy acoustics work well with the band's spacey sound which is miles away from their gothpunk days of "Sheena is a Parasite" (they didn't play anything from their first album). Despite using cool old fashioned film loop projections, The Horrors are not the most engaging band to watch, but if your goal is to close your eyes and bliss out, they sounded pretty good.

Opening the night were locals Spires who have gone under some renovations in the past couple months, changing drummers, second guitar and adding a third who also played keyboard. They're still making jangly psych-pop, but sound a little less overtly '60s retro (though perhaps more '80s "Paisley Underground" retro). In between sets, Darkside's Dave Harrington kept things hopping on the decks.

Pictures of the whole evening and Horrors' setlist are in this post. More below...

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SETLIST: The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
Mirror's Image
I Can See Through You
Scarlet Fields
In and Out of Sight
I See You
Endless Blue
So Now You Know
Sea Within A Sea
Still Life
Moving Further Away

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Comments (13)

Nice setlist. Where's the full US tour?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 5:25 PM

I hate to complain about a free show with free beer...but musically, this was an incredibly boring show. Any energy and showmanship The Horrors may have once had has been sucked out of them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 6:07 PM

The sound was terrible. Maybe it was the space, but everything was muddled together.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 6:42 PM

Yeah the sound was bad and they even said Lando died when the deathstar blew up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 7:23 PM

I wish this band would go back to playing psychobilly.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 7:25 PM

also last year had better beer from the tap in the beer garden, hope PBR isn't the sole beer sponsor all summer

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 8:47 PM

The sound was the worst I've ever heard from any room.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:15 PM

How come The Horrors don't dress like vampires anymore? How come?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 6:24 AM

There's no way in hell Lando died.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 8:30 AM

sound was awful and they had zero stage presence.

im a fan of their last 3 albums but theyre definitely a studio concoction.

happy i went...no line and all but was pretty forgettable.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 10:53 AM

Need to go back to Primary Colours style

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 11:22 AM

So this is the venue where you can RSVP to go, but it does not guarantee you admission?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWTMa76BzH0

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 12:05 PM

1205, they didnt check names when i went to the show. more for marketing purposes unless its REALLY overcapacity.

i doubt there are 25 year olds with enough brain power in williamsburg to check 2000 names off a guest list when the line is around the block.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 1:11 PM

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