Some bands find their sound early on in their careers and seldom venture far from their base. Then, there are bands like Britain’s The Horrors who are more chameleon-like, evolving and redefining themselves with each album. Their 2006 debut single ‘Sheena Is a Parasite’ introduced the group as a campy, psychedelic garage rock outfit singing macabre songs, in the tradition of such luminaries as The Cramps and Nick Cave. With the release of their 2009 sophomore album Primary Colours, The Horrors sound moved away from their psych-rock beginnings and became more cinematic, venturing into the realm of shoegaze and neo-psychedelic music with the assistance of producers Craig Silvey (Portishead), Geoff Barrow, and video director Chris Cunningham (Aphex Twin, Portishead, Bjork).
Skying, The Horrors’ third album and first to be self-produced and recorded in their own studio, builds upon the sound of Primary Colours and opens it up even further. The result is a shimmering, big sounding album that has music critics referencing Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs, and Suede as some of the band’s most obvious influences.
The Horrors bring their live show to Fitzgerald’s on Monday, September 19 along with the Connecticut-based psychedelic-soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 8 pm and all ages are welcome. Advance tickets can be purchased online and are recommended as this show is likely to sell out. Fitzgerald’s is located at 2706 White Oak Boulevard in the Heights.