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Ah, those Horrors, perhaps one of the most divisive bands to cross the Atlantic in recent memory. Mindless noise? Fashion victims? Absolutely not. The Horrors are one of the most complete, intellectualized, though-provoking bands out there. This is music for youth. It is unifying in its chaos, startling in its simplicity - all those things that music fans have been bemoaning as dead and gone. And now, its up to you, dear music fans, to allow the Horrors to take you on their journey back in time - to a time when music evoked fury, evoked interest, evoked debate. A time when you spent all your pennies at record fairs trying to find the most twisted explosions of sound ever pressed to vinyl.

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Strange House is 12 songs of snarling, violent, anarchic garage pop that makes 90 percent of the new bands in the world suddenly irrelevant. --VICE (10/10)

Heroic in their divisiveness, the Horrors reject the ideology of virtually every British guitar group ... Connoisseurs of punk's darkest corners (Damned, early Misfits) and post-punk's experimental extremes (Pop Group - see instro 'Gil Sleeping') will have their socks knocked off, totally. --MOJO (4 out of 5 stars)

Their debut album proves that they have the substance to back up their Dickinsian undertaker image... Transforms a surf and psych-rock homage into something fresh and virile. --THE OBSERVER (4 out of 5 stars)

1. Jack The Ripper
2. Count In Fives
3. Draw Japan
4. Gloves
5. Horror's Theme
6. Little Victories
7. She Is The New Thing
8. Sheena Is A Parasite
9. Thunderclaps
10. Gil Sleeping
11. A Train Roars
12. Count In Fives - MUSIC VIDEO
13. Gloves - MUSIC VIDEO

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Stolen Transmission
  • ASIN: B000OYC2IK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Skying, self-produced and recorded in The Horrors’ own self built studio in London, was mixed by Grammy Award winner Craig Silvey. It features ten brand new tracks and includes the forthcoming single Still Life, also released on 11th of July. ‘Skying’ is the band’s third album and follows 2009’s Mercury Prize nominated Primary Colours and their debut Strange House ... Read more in Amazon's The Horrors Store

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This band is from the UK, and besides an EP, this is their debut album.
hdcp
Great, high energy songs with interesting lyrics performed by an intriguing cast of characters.
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Joe on drums pounds out wonderful beats with each song, complementing Tom on bass.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Plooba on May 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Best album I've heard in years. Primal, noisy, spooky etc. When you hear terms like horror punk, garage, even goth, one might think "pfft we've certainly heard that before" but these guys do sound unique. They are a breath of fresh air. Loud, noisy, brash, Adams Family organs, early goth and punk, garage twangy reverb guitars, stick figure physiques. What more could one want in a band? The USA is so infantile in it's acts that even decent singers like Gwen Stephani, Nelly Fertado, and Fergie are reduced to child-like nursery rhyme vocals over repetitive beats. Our rock is reduced to whiny, bratty emo kids with the same whine/scream vocals, the same lyrics, the same production, the same haircuts. We are way too steeped in R&B and Hip Hop culture on the main stream front. Oh, and Nickelback (gag reflex kicks in) whom I categorize as "rock for people who don't like rock". Most British acts that the zines herald now are kind of poor Franz Ferdinand type clones or boring balladeers. The Horrors remind me of more pure times in music. Sifting through record shops in the East Village for word of mouth underground bands. They make a joyous noise. Bravo! Anyone else wanna chime in?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hdcp on May 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what an album! This is the kind of music that no matter how loud you turn up your speakers, you still want it louder. If you want a fun, eccentric record, this is it! And the CD pressing is all black (as in BOTH SIDES of the disc) . . . really cool (gives the impression of 45 vinyl). Buy this album. Your ears and head will thank you. Oh, and my favorite track: #7, "She is the New Thing" (awesome, awesome track--the sample here will not do it justice).

P.S.

There is a US band by the same name, so don't confuse these guys with them (although the US band isn't half bad, so you might want to check them out, too). This band is from the UK, and besides an EP, this is their debut album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By andy7 on May 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Pretty good 80's tribute band, if you like the Birthday Party you'll probably like this. A lot of this reminds me of "Junkyard" to be precise.

The best songs on here are the amazing "Count In Fives" and "She's The New Thing", which sounds exactly like the Stranglers. "Gloves" steals the guitar riff from Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Nicotine Stain". You could play "Count The Influence" all day but ultimately The Horrors have still turned in a very entertaining record. For all the carping I've made about their influences this is still more solid than anything else currently out there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Dill on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's virtually impossible to listen to the Horrors' "Strange House" without ticking off their seeming influences: The Cramps, The Damned, The Fall, The Sonics, The B-52's, or any 60's garage band that favored a cheesy organ. But The Horrors are not just a pastiche of influences. Somehow, they sound startling fresh. Scary? Not hardly. Campy is more like it. But they make noisy, driving, exciting music, too. Retro goth garage at its finest. Play it loud and play it often.
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By K. H. Orton VINE VOICE on November 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Yes, their influences are obvious: The Cramps, The Damned, The Birthday Party, The Dead Boys, Bauhaus. And let's not forget The Stooges and Alice Cooper while we're at it. Anything we now associate with the word,"Goth". But underneath the eyeliner the sound is vintage 60's Garage Rock and nothing else. The Monks, ? & The Mysterians, The Sonics, Link Wray and Count Fives for a start. The front cover harks back to the New York Dolls' debut and it's no coincidence. These kids aren't stabbing around in the dark, they know exactly who they're referencing and trying to play it to the hilt. To out Goth "Goth". Depending on your point of view it could be satire, parody or homage. They're certainly not trying to pass themselves off as innovators. From his look on down to his vocals, lead singer Faris Badwan is clearly playing Birthday Party era Nick Cave. But if one can set aside any inner record store guy snobbery, The Horrors' debut is a hellacious slab of youthful, reckless abandon. It's a go for the throat Rock & Roll record to get you up off your ass and on the dance floor. Clearly anyone covering Lord Scream Sutch's Jack the Ripper isn't taking themselves all that seriously. Count in Fives a reference to The Count Fives Psychotic Reaction to mind. Here Sheena has graduated from Punk Rocker to Parasite. The gloriously demented Gloves brings a mix of Gun Club and early Damned to mind. And while we're at it let's toss in the Gories and early White Stripes as influences. The Horrors' Theme completely brings early Wire to mind.Other times I can hear the Pop Group's snarling attack with Lux Interior's sense of outrageous camp. About the only track I can do without is the instrumental, Gil Sleeping.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. KIRIAKOPOULOS on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Playing for first time the "strange house" the debut cd of the Horrors you get the feeling "Alas,i can breath again !". Dark deeply gothic and extremely sadistic lyrics with a definitely intriguing music transfer you in another world like those you experience in the deepest dungeons of your rpg games. If you have seen the video clip of the single "Sheena is a parasite" directed by Chris Cunningham I am sure you noticed some kind of perfectionism which is obvious in the entire cd. The producers of the work Jim Sklavounos of the Bad Seeds,Allan Moulder (Depeche Mode) and Nick Zinner leave no doubts about the quality of the whole work.

I Strongly recommend this cd to those the like this kind of music. Personally I love anything that brings new fresh air ... !
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