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Yes, I believe we've mentioned before that this UK group of youngsters are horribly into their looks. Package their gothic tinged outfits with fitting pale skin, a general lack of animation in performance, and a constant downcast gaze, and The Horrors certainly fit a certain boilerplate...not that we're worried, mind you. This kind of thing has been around forever, and will probably continue to surface time and time again until the dying days of rock and roll.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that this Weirdcore directed video for the appropriately titled "Mirror's Image" is a distorting one. Don't bother to adjust your screens. This psychedelic treatment is suppose to look this way, with the band pouting and playing against a hyper colored back drop. Watch this one late at night when whatever you're on has finally kicked in. - David Pitz

Artist Bio

With influences that include Edward Gorey, Screaming Lord Sutch, Joe Meek, and the Cramps, the Horrors craft a grimy, goth-tinged kind of punk rock that's almost as campy as it is catchy. The big-haired, black-clad quintet -- which features singer Faris Badwan, bassist Tomethy Furse, guitarist Joshua Von Grimm, drummer Coffin Joe, and keyboardist Spider Webb -- formed in the summer of 2005 and quickly gained notoriety around London for their look, sound, and brief but frantic live shows. Loog soon signed them, and the Horrors released their official debut single, Sheena Is a Parasite/Jack the Ripper, in spring 2006. The buzz around the band reached a peak that summer, with the Horrors DJing at the Troubled Minds club night, having to reschedule in-store appearances because of crowd concerns and releasing their second single, Death at the Chapel. They also reissued Sheena Is a Parasite as a limited-edition DVD single. The song's startling video was directed by Chris Cunningham and featured actress Samantha Morton as Sheena. Late that summer, the band signed to Stolen Transmission in the U.S. and released a self-titled EP that fall. They also issued the Count in Fives single in the U.K. around that time. The Gloves single arrived early in 2007, heralding the release of the Horrors' full-length debut, Strange House, which arrived in the U.K. that March and in the U.S. in May. For 2009's Primary Colours, the band opted for a very different sound, mixing shoegaze, post-punk, and goth; the album was released by XL that spring.



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