The Horrors released their fifth album ‘V’ last week on Wolftone/Caroline – their first new release in three years. Recorded in London with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Paul Epworth (fka twigs, Lorde, Rihanna, Adele), ‘V’ feels synthy, refined and with more mainstream appeal than their previous work.
“Machine” is the first single from the album and I really like the dark, sexy vocals and distorted sultry guitars on the back. The ten tracks on the album are pretty diverse – for example, the ending “Something To Remember Me By” appears to channel dance, trance and ‘80s pop genres.
“It is a risk,” says lead singer Faris Badwan, discussing the band’s refusal to stand still. “But life isn’t much fun without risk. It’s the antithesis of being creative if you know what you’re going to be doing every time.” Keyboardist Tom Furse continues, “It’s natural, if you do see yourself as an artist, to progress and not play it safe. Bowie pre-empted the modern condition of not being able to stay in one place for very long, and I get frustrated with bands who stay still. Because then it does become a career.”
“When we started,” explains bassist Rhys Webb, “we had a very clear idea of what we wanted to do, which was to make as furious a noise as possible, a fast and violent racket. But even though we started with this punky garage sound there was always this real spirit of wanting to experiment and explore.”
The album artwork comes from talented VFX artist and director Erik Ferguson, who is known for his abstract and intriguing creative vision.