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The Horrors announce new EP ‘Against The Blade’

"This almost feels like a new band now – a new beginning right in time for the apocalypse"

By Hollie Geraghty

The Horrors pose live
The Horrors (Picture: Till Janz)

The Horrors have announced a new three track EP ‘Against The Blade’, coming November 5.

Shared alongside a title track of the same name which sees the band leaning into industrial metal, lead singer Faris Badwan said the EP is a “ further descent into chaos”.

He added: “it’s about the freedom that comes with abandoning all hope, giving up control, and accepting that you will always be at odds with the world around you. 

Bassist Rhys Webb explained that the new EP will signal a departure from the sound of their 2017 album ‘V’, much like their previous EP ‘Lout’ which came out earlier this year.

“Once the ball started rolling with writing ‘Lout’ I liked the idea of challenging the band to push all the songs in as extreme a direction as possible,” Webb said.

The EP is made up of ‘Against the Blade’, ‘Twisted Skin’ and ‘I Took A Deep Breath And I Kept My Mouth Shut’.

The Horrors 'Against The Blade' cover art
The Horrors EP cover art for ‘Against The Blade. (Photo: SATELLITE 414).

“‘Against The Blade’ and ‘Twisted Skin’ were both written in Southend-on-Sea over lockdown, it’s the most DIY music we’ve ever made,” Webb said. “The first demos were written in my bedroom and work continued in Joe’s [Spurgeon] studio The Bunker, which is a shipping container that overlooks the estuary. The only element recorded in an actual studio were the vocals, we even recorded guitars in my front room.” 

Badwan added that the new EP signals somewhat of a new beginning for the band. “There’s something about our recent writing that has felt really free and liberated, like being let off a leash, slightly ironic given the fact that lockdown forced us into certain ways of working.

​​”This almost feels like a new band now – a new beginning right in time for the apocalypse.”

After the EP’s release, the band is also set to host three live shows called ‘The Horrors Present: Metal Rain’ in November and December in Bristol, Manchester and London.

Find the live dates for ‘The Horrors Present: Metal Rain’ below.

25/11 – Bristol, The Marble Factory w/ Scalping, PC World, DJ Proteus

26/11 – Manchester, The Albert Hall w/ Giant Swan, Mandy Indiana, PC World

03/12 – London, The Electric Ballroom w/ Mandy Indiana, PC World, DJ Proteus