Luminous times for the Horrors

Touring band the Horrors�.  ��Photo: Ian West/PA Photos
Touring band the Horrors�. ��Photo: Ian West/PA Photos

Faris Badwan is more than half an hour late. He and musician girlfriend Rachel Zeffira – with whom he writes and records as duo Cat’s Eyes – have just moved house, and he lost track of time unpacking boxes.

“We’re putting our studio back together,” he says, catching his breath. “I’ve had worse house moves, but it’s really important to get the studio back up – it’s where we spend so much of our time.”

The band he fronts, the Horrors, have just finished a UK tour. Since their fourth album, Luminous, was released in May, they’ve barely stopped performing.

When the band formed in 2005, they began playing gigs whenever they could and by the time their debut, Strange House, was released in 2007, their slightly wonky brand of gothic garage was the most talked-about music in the country.

It wasn’t for everyone, however, and by their second album, Primary Colours, the leap in their songwriting and performance skills was clear for all to see.

A similar step forward was made with Skying, which brought 1980s synth-pop to the party. Reviews at the time would have you believe the band had gone through a giant transformation, but Badwan, 27, thinks the seeds of their current sound were there all along.

“I don’t think it’s been the sea of change that some people would like to believe,” he says. “It’s just exploring and discovery.”

He adds: “It’s always interesting to make something and see how it’s perceived. You can’t ever have a clear idea of what you’re doing with your music, because you’re in it and involved, so to an extent, you do rely on other people’s opinions.”

Away from the Horrors, Badwan and Zeffira, have just completed what will be their second album and the soundtrack to a film The Beginning of Spring.

“Hopefully next year will be a big year,” he says. “There are lots of things that I’ve been working on for a while that are coming to a head.”

There may well be another Horrors album next year, just as soon as they play the rescheduled European and American tour dates they had to postpone this year.