When they first burst onto the scene in 2006, the Horrors‘ seemed poised to carry on the dying garage rock torch — but quickly morphed into a band with shoegazey tendencies on 2007′s Strange Tendencies and 2009′s Primary Colours. Next week marks the next phase of their evolutionary course this English quintet are ebmarking on. With Skying, they’ve flipped their namesake on its back, opting for a poppier guitar-and-synth sound that initially suggests this is a band determined to wear many hats.
Which brings us to FACT Mix # 270, a 70-plus minute compilation Horrors’ synth player Tom Furse put together for FACT Magazine. Like his band, he shows a range of influences, from ’60s usual-suspects the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the electronic pop sides of Roxy Music and Tame Impala, to ’90s British influences Primal Scream and Stereolab — but mostly takes lesser known tracks (albeit “Dear Prudence”) and puts them into a mostly seamless mix. In other words, shoulda-been classics through the years, in one tight spot. [Download/Stream the Horrors' FACT Mix here.]
Tune into MTV Hive on Tuesday, August 9th at 9:30pm EST for a special live stream of The Horrors in concert at The Studio @ Webster Hall in New York, as part of our Live In NYC series.