The Horrors – Lout EP Review

Wolf Tone Records – 2021

Heavy and harsh is the sound of The Horrors newest EP Lout. Following on from 2017’s V, an album that blended the emo-rock aspects of the bands sound with a synthesised drive. They return with an EP that is full of abrasive, distorted and beat driven tracks that returns to the heavier roots of their 2007 debut album Strange House.

Title track “Lout”, which is a word used to describe brutalist men, bursts into action with its heavy syncopated drum beat and industrial metal guitar lines. As lead singer Faris Badwan borders on the lines of screamo and the bands classic emo rock, you can hear the true ferocity that the band have tapped into. The soundscape is alive, continuously grinding and overall just simply exciting to listen to.

Moving into “Org” with sounds that were found on the likes of Poppy’s I Disagree, the band go even more left-field incorporating their synthesised sound into a new blistering form. The glitchy vocals and beats are pounding and it feels like you’re at an underground rave, roof shaking all whilst the guy on stage sees how many effects he can throw onto a sound. There’s even some 100 gecs inspired movements during the second with the off-key switch up. It’s both disturbing and emphatic at the same time.

And on “Whiplash” the band combines elements of both previous tracks to create a harsh and unforgiving goth metal banger. This newfound sound from the band both matches the melodic and stylistic feelings from previous workings, whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of how far the heaviness of their sound can go. Upon the announcement of this EP the band said that this would be an insight into the direction of their upcoming album. If it’s anything similar to the quality of this EP then it could well be some the bands most exhilarating work of recent times.

The Horrors announce new EP, share new single

Photo by: Charles Jeffrey – LOVERBOY and Bunny Kinney

The Horrors have announced a new EP Lout, set to be released on March 12th. The band have also shared the title track from the upcoming EP, “Lout”, which sees the band take a more industrial metal attack to their sound.

“There’s something about it which feels like a return to a heavier sound but really it’s a million miles away from anything we’ve done,” said keyboardist Tom Furse. “Keeping the sound aggressive and the beats heavy was a central tenet, everything seemed to fall around that.”

Bassist Rhys Webb added: “It’s the nastiest music we’ve made since [2007 debut] ‘Strange House’. An intense barrage of industrial noise. A return to the spirit and attitude of our debut LP but blasted into the future.”

“In the past whenever we’ve written stuff with a harder edge it’s come from the energy we get from all playing together in a room but creating this kind of atmosphere remotely was a different challenge,” said Badwan. “It’s the same level of intensity as the 100-miles-an-hour stuff we’ve done in the past but the anger is somehow more channelled. I can’t wait to play these songs live as there’s so much freedom in that kind of chaos.”

Free from the pressure of the usual release schedule treadmill, Webb explained how the band enjoyed the act of “not making record for anybody except ourselves” – with that liberating spirit feeding into their next album.

“With so many platforms now lost, the pressure to deliver a single for radio or to get on TV just doesn’t exist any more and is probably all the better for it,” he added. “The only thing we need to worry about is making the most exciting new music we can. We’re lucky enough to have been together for 15 years and to be working on our sixth studio LP.

“It seemed like the perfect time to go in guns blazing, no holds barred full on Horrors, the way it should always be.”

Watch the video for “Lout” below.

Tracklist:

  1. Lout
  2. Org
  3. Whiplash