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The Horrors: Brixton Academy

by Gig Reporters 2012

Essex based indie band The Horrors performed a storming set at the iconic music venue the 02 Brixton Academy on Friday 25th May 2012 to a sell out crowd who were certainly screaming for more.

Originating from the Essex sea side town of Southend-On-Sea , members Faris Badwan, Joshua Hayward, Tom Cowan, Rhys Webb and Joe Spurgeon, formed in the early 2000s over a shared love for a variety of different musical genres including new wave, post punk and garage rock and punk. Their style of music and their unique stage presence has seen them typified as a throwback to the shoegaze bands of the mid to late 1980s, with the band performing in a detached and passive manner, with band members staring intently at their shoes and the ground whilst performing.

It was 2006 release and their debut single, “Sheena is a Paradise” that captured attention in the music scene for the band. Their follow up release “Death at the Chapel” built on this success and soon the group found themselves on the front of flagship indie music magazine NME and were then touring with the likes of established acts The View, Mumm-Ra and The Automatic.

A host of albums have thus since followed, with their third and latest album being ‘Skying’ that was released in 2011. The summer of 2011 saw them perform the Reading and Leeds festivals and now in 2012, the group has already performed a mini tour with Florence and the Machine and will be set to play the Latitude Festival this summer.

Playing at the Brixton Academy on Friday, WinkBall video reporters were speaking to fans and finding out what had brought them down to the gig and what they loved about The Horrors.

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