Entries tagged with: The Horrors
by Bill Pearis
Cat's Eyes, aka Horrors frontman Faris Badwan and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira, have composed the score and soundtrack for new film The Duke of Burgundy, which opens in select North American cities and VOD on January 23. The soundtrack will be out February 16 via the group's RAF label. The film was was directed by Peter Strickland who gave us 2012's superb giallo tribute, Berberian Sound Studio (which featured a score by Broadcast), and is an homage to '70s-era European erotic (Eurotic, if you will) melodramas. Faris Badwan talked to The Quietus about their approach to the project:
Like many other musicians, Rachel and I have always had aspirations towards working on film soundtracks - so we were happy when Peter trusted us to write the score for his incredible film. Working on the film, the narrative was already there and we had to write music tailored towards it. Long before any filming, we read the script and began writing music based on individual characters and themes...Cat's Eyes' propensity for harpsichords, oboes and other baroque instrumentation seems like a perfect fit for this kind of thing, and you can stream the gorgeous opening theme to The Duke of Burgundy, below. As for the film, here's The Duke of Burgundy's one-line synopsis: "Two women take their carnal desires to the extreme in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of sex and butterflies." The Dissolve named it their favorite film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, calling it "a stunning-looking and-sounding film, which occasionally digresses into pure avant-garde texture. But it's also a film about recognizable human beings, with real emotional reactions." You can see The Duke of Burgundy in NYC at the IFC Center starting January 23. You can check out the trailer and poster for the film below.
...We were writing for Peter and the film rather than ourselves and in some ways that was sort of liberating. We had specific scenes to follow and subtle movements to draw attention to... it was very different to making a normal album. In the process, we must have watched the film hundreds of times... and we still like it. We were lucky in that the script was really great and there were some extremely memorable characters to work with.
It's been almost four years since Cat's Eyes released their terrific debut and with this soundtrack, the band are officially back in action, and are currently working on their second official album. Zeffira released a solo album in 2013 which is worth checking out too.
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
The Horrors @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dear friends, family, supporters, deadly sworn enemies and othersThe reshuffling of The Horrors' tours means postponing much of their fall North American tour with Moon Duo. West Coast dates are still happening, but the rest of the country will have to wait until later. Except NYC, that is: The Horrors' show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 has been canceled but the Stage 48 show, originally scheduled for November 4, will now happen on October 21. Tickets are still available, all previously purchased tickets will be honored, and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to reshuffle our US and European tours at the end of this year. We can only apologise to anyone who already has tickets to the dates affected - we hate cancelling shows but this situation was unavoidable. We'll be back on the road next year and make sure we return to all the places we missed on this run.
Updated Horrors tour dates are listed below...
The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin])
The Horrors just wrapped up a few dates, including NYC and this past weekend's Austin Psych Fest. With their new album, Luminous, out now the band have announced a full North American tour for this fall with Moon Duo that includes two NYC shows: Stage 48 on November 4 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (5/9) with an AmEx presale for MHOW beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Luminous, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Horrors @ House of Vans, 4/29/2014
The Horrors are streaming their fourth album, Luminous (out 5/6) over at their website. There's a bit of a catch, however. When you get to the stream page, it's mostly a black page with only "Chasing Shadows" playing. To hear the whole thing, you have to share on Facebook and Twitter and the more you share, more of the record becomes available. In less convoluted news, The Horrors have launched "Radio Lumionous" on Spotify, with playlists chosen by each member of the band. So far only singer Faris Badwan's "station" is up and running, but it's a pretty good listen with songs from T. Rex, The Saints, Brian Jonestown Massacre and more.
UPDATE: You can now just stream Luminous in full, below. No strings attached.
The Horrors were just in NYC, having played a free House of Vans show on Tuesday (4/29). We already published one set of pictures from the show and another are in this post. Tonight (5/1) The Horrors play Los Angeles and then they'll head to this weekend's Austin Psych Fest.
More pics from House of Vans below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
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...
We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:
Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.
You can see a photo of the letter below.
Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:
Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).
And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...
The Horrors have a new album, Luminous, out May 6 and will be visiting North America for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. On their way there, The Horrors will play Brooklyn's House of Vans on April 29 with openers Spires. The show is free but you must RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line.
The Horrors will also play Los Angeles before Psych Fest. All dates are listed, along with the video for "So Now You Know," below...
by Bill Pearis
For the tour, the swedish group have released a remix EP featuring tracks from this year's shoegazy, danceable Chiaroscuro as messed with by The Field, former Stereolab technician Tim Gane, Tom Furse from The Horrors and others. You can stream the whole thing below.
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were in NYC earlier this year for a couple shows -- I thought they were great, went to both. The band will be back in the States later this spring for Austin Psych Fest and will tour around that. Those dates will include two more NYC shows: Baby's All Right on May 5 and Mercury Lounge on May 6. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (3/21) at noon.
For those in Los Angeles, their show out there is with The Horrors which is a pretty perfect double bill. All tour dates are listed, along with the video for current single "It's Been So Long" below.
As mentioned, The Horrors will release their new album, Luminous, on May 6. The band have just shared a second song from the LP, "So Now You Know." After a slow build (and a long verse), the track kicks in nicely on the soaring chorus. You can stream it and "I See You" below.
The band will be over in May for Austin Psych Fest. Still no word on whether they'll be playing other cities (like NYC) while here.
The Horrors will be back with their new album, Luminous, on May 6 via XL. That's the cover art above. The band spent 15 months working on this one in their east London studio with producer Craig Silvey and it's their first record in three years. Says frontman Faris Badwan:
If you're happy with one record I think you always have those fears that you'll somehow never be able to write a good song again. But I think between us we would never allow something that we weren't happy with to be released. I can imagine it taking us 10 years to finish something - but I'd rather that than be a band who regress with each release.Judging from first single "I See You," it's a progression from 2011's Skying -- synth heavy (shades of Gary Numan here and there), danceable rock. You can stream it via a lyric video and check out the LP's tracklist, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
Elephant Stone @ The Bell House in April (more by PSquared Photography)
As mentioned, Montreal's jangly psych rockers, Elephant Stone, are on tour and will pull into NYC on Saturday (8/10) at Mercury Lounge. The show is will fellow sonic-trippers Morning Teleportation and tickets are still available.
The band recently turned over "A Silent Moment" (from this year's self-titled album) to The Horrors' Tom Furse to remix. Furse stripped out most of the guitars and upped the rolling bassline, tabla percussion and droning sitar to make for a much groovier version of the song. You can stream that, along with Elephant Stone's recent video for "Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin," below.
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Joe McCabe; words by Bill Pearis
The Horrors swept through town earlier this week, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday and Tuesday (4/9 and 4/10). I was there Monday night for what was a pretty good show. While I like their new album Skying a lot (it made my Best of 2011 list), the album's midtempo shuffle doesn't make for the most exciting live show, though the band came alive on more energetic songs like "I Can See Through You" and the motorik pounder "Moving Further Away" which closed the night. Primary Colours tracks "Scarlet Fields" and "Three Decades" still sound terrific.
The Horrors play Coachella this weekend and next, scooting up to San Francisco in between. Seattle garage rockers Night Beats opened the Monday MHoW show. Pictures of both bands, plus Horrors setlist, are below.
The Horrors at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Horrors have an extensive international tour booked for 2012. Previously the only North American dates on that tour were their two Coachella performances, but they've just announced NYC shows happening on April 9 and 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a few days before their first Coachella appearance. Tickets for both MHOW shows go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon. Only a few other North American dates have been announced but more to come (?).
All dates below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swans @ Paramount Theater
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Horrors @ Webster Hall
"Those who arrived early got a special surprise with The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut and with an album on the way from L.A. label Stones Throw, The Stepkids are the band you absolutely must see as soon as possible. The trio took the stage dressed in all white, and the house lights dimmed to near complete darkness. Swirling, brightly colored images projected off their outfits and the screen behind the group as they moved from one blissfully psychedelic tune to the next. Their harmonies are tight and their rhythms even more so. As the projections moved into shades of blue and green, it felt like the audience had dove headfirst into some funky, underwater paradise. As the set progressed, so did the intensity of the rhythm, until they concluded with "Cup Half Full," a tune so rousing that the crowd seemed almost unprepared for it." [LA Weekly]The Horrors & The Stepkids brought their tour to Webster Hall on Tuesday night (10/4). Here are some pictures and the headliner's setlist. More below...
Beirut @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
today in NYC
* Big Teriffic @ Cameo
* Girls @ Other Music
* Anton Batagov @ The Stone
* Vincent Royer @ The Stone
* Opeth, Katatonia @ Webster Hall
* The Shakes, Breezin, Seequill @ Cake Shop
* Sole & The Skyrider Band @ Knitting Factory
* Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Maxwell's
* Beirut, Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) @ Terminal 5
* Rpllnt, Spaces, Phone Home, Elyrians @ The Delancey
* Mike Bones, Ken Griffin, Brian Kalkbrenner @ Zebulon
* Mount Eerie, Nicholas Krgovich, Ed Askew @ 285 Kent Ave
* Celestial Shore, Pet Lions, Phil & The Osophers @ Bruar Falls
* Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Washington @ Irving Plaza
* The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jeffrey Lewis, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Emperor X @ Maxwell's
* Endless Boogie, La Otracina, Rhyton (mems. Psychic Ills) @ Union Pool
* Frank Turner, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Into It. Over It. @ Bowery Ballroom
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray For Earth, Beige @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mutwawa, Dubknowdub, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Shams, Flesh Control @ Death By Audio
* Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion, Thrift Store Cowboys, JP & The Gilberts @ Union Hall
* Zs, Burning Star Core, Mountains, Dinowalrus (Hipster Puppies Cassette Release Party) @ Public Assembly
Beirut's first of two shows at Terminal 5 is tonight (despite what I originally accidentally wrote in the "2 night stands" post).
Opeth play their first of two shows tonight too.
Why? were supposed to play two shows, both tonight, but they're cancelled.
Check out a video of the Horrors performing on KEXP, below...