Entries tagged with: The Horrors
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...
photos by Autumn Andel
Shabazz Palaces / The Horrors
The Horrors took matters to another level of performance.. [utilizing] brooding electric grooves and jeering melodies. Forget the spidery androgynous demeanor and spazzy mannerisms - these guys bring it when it comes to live performance, pure and simple. Their new album is a solid piece of work, a considerable triumph over their previous and an exciting sampling of their continuing creative evolution.Not many festivals can boast an appearance from both Marketa Irglova and Pig Destroyer in the same day. That's what day three (9/9) of MusicFestNW had to offer, with the Friday at the festival boasting a diverse lineup that featured both (in different venues, but still) as well as Iron & Wine, The Olivia Tremor Control, Shabazz Palaces, Wizard Rifle, MSTRKRFT, BOAT, and many, many others.
The band opened with the first song off new album Skying, called "Changing The Rain," fearlessly putting their newest foot forward in a challenge to those hung up on the band's earlier sounds. We took the evolution in stride, however, as the British quintet delivered a solid performance that continually dipped into new material, finally concluding around the midnight hour with the new 80s throwback "Moving Further Away". [Crave Online]
A letter from XL...
We work with some amazing artists, and we appreciate the support you show them. To celebrate their work, and say thank you to you, we've made a limited edition, double 12" vinyl sampler. It features a track from each of the artists we've worked with this year. It won't be available to buy anywhere.P.S. don't forget Radiohead play SNL on 9/24.
We would like to give you a copy of the XL Recordings Sampler 2011. If you'd like a copy of the sampler, email your postal address to XL11@xlrecordings.com and we'll send you one, wherever you are in the world. We have 1000 copies to give away. First come, first served.
XL Recordings Sampler 2011 tracklist:
A1 Adele- He Won't Go.
A2 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - I'll Take Care Of You
B1 Radiohead - Supercollider
C1 Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
C2 Friendly Fires - Show Me Lights
D1 The Horrors - Still Life
D2 Jai Paul - BTSTU (Edit)
Spotify Late Nights at Mercury Lounge continue this Thursday (8/18) with Delicate Steve, The Stepkids, Parlovr and DJ Young Elz (RCRD LBL/Our Show). Admission for the 21+ show is free, doors are at 10 PM and the show is first come, first served. Those in attendance will receive an access code for Spotify US.
The Stepkids also head out this September supporting The Horrors on their tour. The tour culminates on October 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. The Stepkids will release their self titled debut LP on September 27 via Stones Throw. Grab two tracks from that album above, and watch a video for another below with all dates....
by Bill Pearis
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.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Horrors - Further Away (MP3)
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.
The Horrors head out on a North American tour in September. We mentioned that the tour includes ATP NJ and a NYC show on October 4 at Webster Hall right afterwards. No need to wait that link to see the UK band though. The Horrors will pay a visit to the US at the end July. We don't know what else they'll do while they're here but you can catch them on July 28 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the intimate show go on sale Saturday (7/9) at 10 AM.
The Horrors' new album Skying gets released on August 9 via XL. Stream the whole thing now, over all the tour dates, below...
All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront. For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their firrst East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.Say that all three times fast. All three day pass options are still on sale. More details on all ATP ticket options are below.
As well as Day Tickets, ATP have to date been selling two types of weekend pass - "Three Day Jeff Mangum" passes that include Jeff Mangum's Friday show and guarantee access to one of the Portishead shows (as well as everything else at the festival) and "Three Day Portishead" passes that do not give access to Jeff's Friday show but give guaranteed access to both Portishead shows as well as the rest of the festival. Today we announce a third type of weekend pass...
Portishead have invited Jeff to play an extra show on the Sunday night of the festival. Therefore this week we release new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders who will see Jeff Mangum on the Sunday night and are guaranteed to see one of the two Portishead shows. The original Three Day passes for the event are now called "Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes."
That means Jeff is playing Asbury Park three times, twice during the actual festival (see above), and, as you know, once on Monday (10/3) at Paramount Theatre (the day after ATP and not actually part of the fest itself). The Monday show has been sold out for a while now, but ATP are releasing a few more tickets for it. "To buy email firstname.lastname@example.org with JEFF MONDAY TICKETS in subject line, and tell us how many tickets you want. We will respond as soon as possible. Payments must be made by Paypal." A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) open the show.
ATP NJ has a few other lineup additions including Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (they first reunited to play the Animal Collective ATP that recently happened in the UK), avant guitar hero Marc Ribot, avant sax hero Colin Stetson, avant comedian Reggie Watts, and others. Also: "Today we are also very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Jonathan Levine Gallery, renowned artist SHEPARD FAIREY (who has created the art for this event and will also DJ) will be presenting an exhibition of his art over the weekend entitled Revolutions: The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. More details of the exhibition will be conﬁrmed soon."
The updated lineup is below, along with updated Jeff Mangum tour dates (he added a few other shows recently too)...
The Horrors at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Oren Loloi)
The Horrors will release third third full length Skying on August 9 via XL. After a few European dates this summer, The Horrors will head out on a North American tour in support of the album. The tour kicks off on September 7 in Vancouver, and includes MusicfestNW and ATP NJ. The band will play NYC, right after ATP, on October 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon.
Horrors frontman Faris Badwan's other band Cat's Eyes postponed some shows back in May. Still no information on rescheduled dates.
Check out the new single "Still Life" below, along with all tour dates, album art, and tracklist...