Following the lauded release of their subversive 3 track Lout EP earlier this year, The Horrors announce another EP Against The Blade out 5th November, alongside the release of its title track, out now via Fiction Records / Virgin Music Australia.
“The ‘Against the Blade’ EP is a further descent into chaos” says singer Faris Badwan; “it’s about the freedom that comes with abandoning all hope, giving up control, and accepting that you will always be at odds with the world around you. Much like ‘Lout’, the ‘Against The Blade’ EP is industrial-edged and a notable sonic departure from the band’s critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘V’; “Once the ball started rolling with writing Lout I liked the idea of challenging the band to push all the song’s in as extreme a direction as possible” adds bassist Rhys Webb.
Having enlisted the talents of indie and pop super-producer Paul Epworth on V, the Against The Blade EP again sees The Horrors return to their past DIY methods of self-production, albeit under unusual circumstances due to the pandemic, as Rhys explains: “‘Against The Blade’ and ‘Twisted Skin’ were both written in Southend-on-Sea over lockdown, it’s the most DIY music we’ve ever made. The first demos were written in my bedroom and work continued in Joe’s studio The Bunker, which is a shipping container that overlooks the estuary. The only element recorded in an actual studio were the vocals, we even recorded guitars in my front room.”
While the first two tracks on the EP dive headfirst into industrial rock, I Took a Deep Breath and I Kept My Mouth Shut is a monstrous piece of techno and an expression of The Horrors’ long-standing obsession with dance music, produced in collaboration with Cardopusher and Manni Dee. This new approach was a refreshing change for Faris: “There’s something about our recent writing that has felt really free and liberated, like being let off a leash -slightly ironic given the fact that lockdown forcedus into certain ways of working.This almost feels like a new band now -a new beginning right in time for the apocalypse.”
Like Lout, Against The Blade is accompanied by striking visuals made in collaboration with a creative team led by Bunny Kinney, with new visuals shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Till Janz, featuring Isamaya Ffrench.
The Horrors are one of the most enigmatic and progressive bands to have emerged from the early 00s indie scene. After bursting into a crescendo of hype around their garage-rock revivalist singles Sheena Is A Parasite/Jack The Ripper and their 2007 debut Strange House, the band subverted all expectations with their lauded followup Primary Colours, a psychedelic, krautrock-infused masterpiece celebrated with a 10 year anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2019. The maximalist, arena-ready Skying (2011) and Luminous (2014) further proved that The Horrors were worth far more than their early shock value.