The Horrors

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The Horrors

The Horrors are an English indie rock band formed in Southend-on-Sea in 2005, consisting of lead vocalist Faris Badwan, guitaristJoshua Hayward, keyboardist and synthesiser player Tom Cowan, bassist Rhys Webb and drummer and percussionist Joe Spurgeon. Their music has been classified as garage rockgothic rockshoegazing and post-punk revival.

The band have released four studio albums: Strange House (2007), Primary Colours (2009), Skying (2011) and Luminous (2014), all of which charted within the UK Top 40.

In the early 2000s, The Horrors coalesced around interests in obscure vinyl and DJing. During trips to London and on the Southend circuit, Rhys Webb met Faris Badwan and Tom Cowan through their mutual interest in 1960s garage rock and new wave as well as post-punk bands such as The Birthday Party and Bauhaus.

In 2005 the three formed a band with Joshua Hayward and Joe Spurgeon. The band was centred around Junkclub, an underground club founded by Webb and Oliver Abbott. Their first rehearsal consisted of two covers: The Sonics' "The Witch" and Screaming Lord Sutch's "Jack the Ripper" (interpreted in the tradition of previous garage covers such as those by The Fuzztones, One-Way Streets and The Gruesomes). The latter rendition was rerecorded as the opening track of their debut album. The Horrors made their first live performance at The Spread Eagle on Kingsland Road in London on 16 August 2005.

The Horrors drew the attention of critics and the public with their debut single "Sheena Is a Parasite". Their second release, "Death at the Chapel", a high-profile show at London's 100 Club in July 2006, and an appearance on the cover of the NME that August, greatly increased their profile. As a result of this exposure, the band played the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour in early 2007 along with Mumm-RaThe View and The Automatic which helped garner further notoriety.


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