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The Horrors
Strange House
Polydor Records

The demented "Jack The Ripper" steals the rockabilly bassline from Robert Gordon's "Bertha Lou" and converts it with slow, broad strokes. But then it explodes in a frenzy of howling Birthday Party madness. The unstable host delivers decidedly British lyrics, which are intelligent and cryptic, yet extremely neurotic. "Irrespective of the subject I will make it apply/ no matter what the object I will count in fives/ decide on a location and I will stand inside." The staccato garage punk aspect brings the camp of Billy Childish, but spooks it out with a little Alien Sex Fiend.

Strange House is an understatement. This is a bad trip of a hell house and the maniacal master is one Faris Badwan. The creeping bass line sneaks up like Riff Raff, then shows you to the library to be bludgeoned by squealing guitar. Drugged and confused, you wake up to psychedelic organ chirping away, while Badwan hovers unnervingly in your face circling...always circling. The songs are as refreshing as they are unsettling. The Horrors' hypnotic double attack couples swirling with blunt force trauma for double the dizziness. They may well be the most important band to emerge since The Libertines.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
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. Train Roars

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