One Letter and We’re Hooked
The early ’00s were a glorious time of innovation, specifically in music. Genres such as post-punk revival and gothic garage rock were a few of the love children that took a toll on the heartstrings of listeners around the world.
English indie band, The Horrors, took complete and total advantage of this musical phenomenon. Four chart-topping albums later and three harsh, deathly quiet years later and The Horrors album V is the perfect trip down a new-age travel through time.
The ’80s are alive and quite frequently heard through every track with great thanks to a heavily used synthesizer and pop-beats that could make you turn your heard with flashbacks of neon, headbands, and roller-rinks.
Frontman Faris Badwan intertwines both new and old sounds almost seamlessly. By demonstrating his pure lust of lyric writing with emotions from each end of the spectrum, listeners get a sense of comfort and unknowing all in one song. “Something To Remember Me By” and “Weighed Down” are symbolic reminders of the story-telling that The Horrors are capable of mending together over time.
The creepy, thought-provoking album art of V is the first step in a series of psychedelic twists and turns. With a hint of sarcasm and a looming presence of truth, each track indicts that these five men are not going anywhere but up the charts once again. The ten song album, all songs being longer than five minutes, gives you plenty of time to reflect on your life in depth. “Press Enter To Exit” is the ying to “Holograms” yang. Both representing the uncontrollable yet calming intricacies of the band.
This extremely progressive and moving type of music will be consumed with thanks to the producing skills of Paul Epworth, most famously known for working with artists such as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Bloc Party. This type of indie-gothic-pop-punk is the opening credits to an advanced world for the band to explore for years to come. In a world of complete and utter uncertainty, it’s a refreshing change of heart to feel comfort in punk rock.