The Horrors’ Faris Badwan starts new label Raft Records with brother Tarik

Brothers will release their own collaborative project on label

The Horrors’ Faris Badwan and his brother and Loom frontman Tarik have started their own record label called Raft Records.

In an interview in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the brothers discussed the current state of music as well as their intention to release material from their new as-yet-unnamed project on the label.

“I think it’s quite easy for bands to lament the state of modern music, but there is always good stuff going on,” Faris said. “Now more than ever, people can record music with the means available to them. It’s easy and it’s accessible and you can start a label and it’s not that difficult. We had this idea a few months ago and now our first record is pressed.”

The first record is a split seven-inch dubbed ‘Raft Records EP’, set for release in February and featuring four bands hand-picked by the brothers: female grunge trio Skinny Girl Diet, heavy psych quintet Niqab, alt-rock experimentalists Puffer and the mysterious Jet Black.

“For the moment, the bands that appeal to us are the ones that do something quite live sounding and with a bit of rawness to the recording,” Faris said.

Tarik added: “I like labels that have real personality. Factory Records, Captured Tracks… labels that have a real lo-fi spirit to them.”

Future records to be released on the label include Loom’s new LP and the first collaborative project from the brothers. “It’s hard to pin down what our band are about at the moment, but the thing we really prioritise is putting as much of our personality into the songs as possible,” Tarik said. “I’m most excited about seeing what we can do with harmonies – when brothers sing together, the tones of the voices naturally blend quite well. We’re writing so much different stuff all the time, and in some ways this [label] solves the question about what to do with it.”

Last month, the Horrors revealed the video for track ‘Change My Mind’, which was shot live in Manchester during their recent UK tour. The band were also among a number of artists who have offered their support to London’s Buffalo Bar after its closure was announced last year.