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.
1. Jack the Ripper
2. Count in Fives
3. Draw Japan
5. Horror's Theme
6. Little Victories
7. She Is the New Thing
8. Sheena Is a Parasite
10. Gil Sleeping
11. Train Roars
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