The Horrors: 'We're not a band of scientists'

Band discuss "primal" nature of new album 'Luminous'

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The Horrors' frontman Faris Badwan has said that the band do not approach music making in a scientific manner, claiming that they want to twist their identity with each album they release.

In an interview in this week's NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Badwan discusses the band's new album 'Luminous' and the role intuition played in its creation.

"We started making music as a really primal thing, as an intuitive thing," says Badwan. "We're not a band of scientists. Well Josh (Hayward, guitarist) is a scientist. And he often wears a lab coat. But we don't really approach music in that way. It's really about a feeling we all share. Intuition is a lot more exciting as a tool."

He continues: "We have a strong idea of what The Horrors identity is, and with each Horrors record we twist that, change it slightly. So each record becomes about finding out who we are now, and then just going with it. On this record 'I See You' was the song that felt like a development from what we've done before. And everything else came from there."

Elsewhere in the cover feature, The Horrors discuss the current trend for bands mining retro influences for a psychedelic sound, saying that the genre has become an "easy tagline."

The band's fourth album will be released on May 5.

The tracklist for 'Luminous' is as follows:

'Chasing Shadows'
'First Day Of Spring'
'So Now You Know'
'In And Out Of Sight'
'Jealous Sun'
'Falling Star'
'I See You'
'Change Your Mind'
'Mine And Yours'
'Sleepwalk'


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