Posts Tagged ‘The Horrors’

Toy are a band causing a stir. How many time have we heard that before?

Visually they resemble (to me at least) a reshuffled, slightly unkempt Slade-looking outfit, plus señorita Alejandra Diez on keyboard. They are also three parts Jing Jang Jong: singer Tom Dougall, guitarist Dom O’Dair and bassist Maxim Barron having since separated from Joe Lean.

Motoring,  below, is a blur – and I’m not just talking about the video’s psychedelic effects. No acute guitars, Toy’s second single is fuzzier than a heavy night on the juice. To use a cliché, Motoring is a “wall of sound” with the drive of an Ash song.

Released on Heavenly Records, a London-based label under the mighty umbrella of EMI – can Toy be truly classified as indie? Probably not.


Under their YouTube clips, Toy are described damningly as “the best Horrors tribute band out there” – a statement backed by the act’s close association, support slots and public receipt of praise from Faris Badwan’s troupe. However for me Toy’s sound is a lot less dark and dismal.

Listen to Toy’s first single Left Myself Behind here.

Another visit to town, another baffling experience in HMV. Just what is the thinking behind the music megastore’s pricing system? 

To illustrate my point, yesterday I bought Killer Sounds by Hard-Fi for a bargain £5.99 while their two previous efforts were set in stone at £10. Reverend & The Makers’ 2007 debut The State Of Things was still lingering at the purse-emptying £15 mark along with White Lies To Lose My Life… in Christmas 2010. There are endless examples to reel off but I shall not bore thou art.

So expensive I want to commit suicide.

It strikes me that some late shift lunatic has been allowed free-reign with a sticker gun, so random and changeable are HMV’s CD prices. 

The worst thing is the lack of consistency and chronology in prices between HMV’s high street and internet shopping. The same two Hard-Fi albums referenced before can be purchased online for £8 with free delivery and not a calorie of energy expended. Bizarrely, The Horrors earliest effort Strange House is £2.50 more expensive than their 2nd sleeve Primary Colours, and is £1.50 dearer than their most recent release Skying. Where is the sense in that? Is it any wonder that record sales have switched so dramatically towards downloads in recent years!? Thank goodness Waterstone’s was never plagued by the pricing travesty during the two stores’ joint ownership. 

Let’s give HMV some credit. Their 2 for £10 offer is like gold dust and gets hoovered up faster than laminate floors. While great for presents, it’s agonising to see an album halved in price the week after you have snapped it up at the cost of 2 hours wages.

You are probably thinking, get real man. Pricing is determined by bulk of stock and customer demand. Common sense and not music should be at the back of your MIND! As the Reverend Jon McClure notes, the music industry is suffering a self-inflicted demise. So bad are the state of things. 

Well, I say [radically], let us start a vinyl revival! Let us blow the cobwebs off our parent’s antique record player. Let us bring back the LP and make the retro trendy once again. 

Well what goes around comes very much back around as you said Mrs Knowles, whose most famous debut single Crazy In Love sampled The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (Tell Me So). This time it’s Beyonce’s turn to get live lounged by The Horrors – my band of the moment! 

Thanks to Tom from Tom’s Listening To for alerting me to this cracker!

It’s not new, it’s just bloody brilliant! Riveting stuff from the Southend-on-Sea spooks.


Read this article you Horrors enthusiasts!

See Stevo’s live review of The Horrors at Rock City here.

Lana Del Ray. Captivating.

Performing her single Video Games on Later Live with Jools Holland last Tuesday evening, the “internet sensation” stole the show. Forget Later Live… Five Minutes With Ms Del Rey would have been a more appropriate programme billing. Lana’s ballad leaves me almost as spellbound as Adele’s spine-tingling performance of Someone Like You on the Brits

Resisting the initial compulsive urge to switch off, the melancholic piano keys lure me in. Something about the young New York girl in the white dress and heels is simply fascinating. Her mysterious voice, cute facial expressions and delicate swaying are transfixing. On a par with Marilyn Monroe? You decide. I confess that I am glued tighter to my sofa than Derren Brown ever promised with his hypnotic methods. My finger hovering over the remote’s off button has gone numb, my mouth agog. I know I just witnessed something special.

“They say that the world was built for two”. How I would love to meet her. 

Ther. Theryy. Thoros… Excuse me, where was I? Oh yes, half-way through a programme review… THE HORRORS. Faris Badwan’s troupe of post-punk revivalists also star tonight with their ghostly, transparent single I Can See Through You. It’s echoing noise and keyboard overtones are thrilling, like listening within the vacuum of a tube or with one’s hands clasped over one’s ears. Ahead of their time, or out of place? 

Badwan’s pallid-faced band resemble the Damned in their later gothic years, now more than ever. Faris’ image carbon-copies Joey Ramone’s with his lanky figure, skinny jeans, crooked nose and scruffy barnet trim. Debut single Sheena Is A Parasite also flashed back to The Ramones’ Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, if only in name.

Jools also welcomes Noah & The Whale; Peter Gabriel too (reference for Vampire Weekend fans, think Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa).