In 2006, I don’t think anyone would have expected to even remember The Horrors in five years, let alone think they were set to become one of the most interesting bands around. All the initial coverage of Faris Badwin et al surrounded their appearance on the cover of NME when they hadn’t even released anything yet. I climbed aboard the bandwagon, hesitantly, and saw the merit of some of the songs – ‘Sheena Is A Parasite’, ‘Gloves’ and ‘Jack The Ripper’ are all great – but I never thought I would be buying the second album when it came out. But in 2009 came ‘Sea Within A Sea’, the first track off Primary Colours, and according to my iTunes, it was my most played song of the year. And the rest of Primary Colours was not bad either.

Earlier this year Faris and soprano/classical multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira got together as Cat’s Eyes and released a stunning debut album. And yesterday, Faris surprised the critics and the fans yet again when The Horrors premiered ‘Still Life’ on Zane Lowe’s radio show. It is off new album Skying which is out July 8 on these shores. The tempo is slowed down and the strings are on show for all to see. Is this The Horrors big moment? Is this their move into the big time? It is their third album, maybe it’s time to think of headlining stages at festivals. BarryGruff thinks it sounds like Death In Vegas and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream. The DiSers think it’s not very good/sounds like Simple Minds/Talking Heads/Duran Duran.

Here’s the tracklisting for Skying:

1 ‘Changing The Rain’
2 ‘You Said’
3 ‘I Can See Through You’
4 ‘Endless Blue’
5 ‘Dive In’
6 ‘Still Life’
7 ‘Wild Eyed’
8 ‘Moving Further Away’
9 ‘Monica Gems’
10 ‘Oceans Burning’