CD Review: The Horrors

Primary Colors (XL)

Clad in tight jeans and leather, scarves and dark shades, the Horrors look like they just walked out of Andy Warhol's Factory and straight into the 21st century. OK, so maybe they made one detour to steal a few licks from the Damned circa 1977, but you get the idea. Primary Colours is a mix of dark and fuzzy garage-rock, Velvet Underground waves of sound, blaring synths and the kind of pop music that sounds best when recorded on a four-track in a basement. The Horrors' attitude is often over-dramatic, bordering on goth, but it suits the band's often brash guitar and raw recording techniques. "Mirror's Image" and "Scarlet Fields" stand out by combining the sort of beat indie kids can dance to with a sleazy, brooding darkness. Imagine the guys in Interpol loosening their ties a bit and riding a wave of feedback. The Horrors may have that same art-house chic, but these songs border on noisy chaos.

Matt Whelihan

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