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The Horrors unveil new line-up change as tour dates pushed to 2022

The Horrors have become a four piece after announcing that Tom Furse will no longer be performing live.

By Elizabeth Aubrey

The Horrors pose live
The Horrors, 2021 (Picture: Charles Jeffrey – LOVERBOY and Bunny Kinney)

The Horrors have unveiled a new line-up change that will see them become a four-piece group moving forwards.

The Southend band announced the news on social media yesterday (November 16) whilst also informing fans that their scheduled winter tour was now moving to 2022.

It comes after news that keyboardist Tom Furse decided to take a break from performing with the band for the foreseeable future.

In the statement, the group wrote: “We are moving both our Bristol and Manchester shows to 2022. Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates and the promoters will be contacting all ticket holders with further information. The dates are being finalised as we speak and we’ll update you as soon as we can. Thanks for your understanding.”

They added: “As we do plan our upcoming shows, we felt this was the right time to mention that Tom has decided to take a break from gigs for the foreseeable future.”

The group explained that they won’t be replacing him, but continuing as a four-piece.

“We’ve spoken about how this will affect our live setup and have decided that we’re not going to replace Tom or enlist the services of a cyborg in his place – instead we are going to be playing as a 4-piece from now on,” the group wrote.

“Tom will continue to contribute, he just won’t be touring. We look forward to seeing you soon and performing as the new streamlined Horrors.”

Furse also later shared his own statement, writing that touring isn’t for him and that he’s “more of a maker than a performer.”

“So after 16 colourfully lit, smokey, strobe filled years I’ve decided to hang up my gigging spurs with The Horrors,” Furse wrote on Instagram.

“When I look back on it, I’m grateful I got to experience the world in such a way; the duality of the surreal but sometimes banal life of a touring musician is an experience definitely worth experiencing.. but it’s been clear for a while that touring life isn’t really for me. I’m just more of a maker than a performer.”

“What I want out of my life is to wake up every day and ask myself ‘what am I going to make today?’. Touring is not really a conducive environment for this kind of thinking, and I was always much contented in a studio than I ever was on stage.”

He continued: “With that in mind, I’m not completely disappearing, I’ll still be around to contribute to Horrors records, but those contributions will be part of a much wider creative practice.”

“With emerging convergences appearing between creativity and technology now couldn’t be a better time to try new things. I honestly couldn’t be more buzzed about the future.”

Earlier this month, the group unveiled a new EP called ‘Against The Blade’.

Speaking about that, frontman Faris Badwan said: “The ‘Against The Blade’ EP is a further descent into chaos. 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.”