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The Horrors

The Horrors EP

(Stolen Transmission; US: 24 Oct 2006; UK: Unavailable)

Review [29.Nov.2006]

The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians.  A little bit of guitar, a lot of Hammond organ, and you’re set.  The fun spirit of the original band remains, and the screeched chanting of the title words in the ‘50s-rock styled “Jack the Ripper” is just some strange guys having a ball in a studio.  The riffing on the not-of-this-decade opener “Death at the Chapel” is furious, outrageous, but gloriously dated.  Yet the highlight remains the paranoid, fantastic 100 second burst of insanity that’s known as “Sheena is a Parasite”.  The fact that the Chris Cunningham-directed Samantha Morton-starring horror movie of a music video for it is top notch just happens to be icing on the cake.  These guys have a definitive style, a huge sense of attitude, and enough artistic integrity to cull from for a while to come.  They may not be your typical Next Big Thing in music, but they’re pretty damn close.

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