What’s Hot For The Horrors – Guest Post

Rhys Webb from The Horrors ponders the crystal ball of new music

Welcome to my first Radar column! If you’re after a band who play synth-heavy krautrock with more wah-wah guitar then Ronnie Asheton on a speed-fuelled rampage though Motor City, then you should check out Patent Saints. Featuring Yuki from Bo Ningen and Sam from SCUM, they made their live debut at the Cave Club this year and have already gained a reputation for their intense sonic assaults. Further afield are Novella – an all-girl punk band from Southend and Brighton. Their breezy Raincoats-esque post-punk makes them the estuaries’ answer to the Dum Dum Girls (who they support soon), and they’ve just released their debut single ‘The Things You Do’/‘Oh Brian’ on Dirty Bingo Records. What’s more, back in the days of Southend’s Junk Club I used to work in a bagel bar with singer Hollie Warren…


Electricity In Our Homes are a band who get better and better. They’re about to release a new single, ‘Aching, Breaking, Shaking For You’, on Tim Burgess’ new label O Genesis and I hear their debut album is out before the end of the year. Another London band, Advert, are based around Luke Tristram and Edgar Smith, both of whom played with The Horrors at Reading Festival a couple of weeks ago. They fuse Glenn Branca’s No Wave with a very English breed of noise pop. There’s a single this year, and the prospect of a long player is very exciting.


Finally, I think Connan Mockasin’s ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ will undoubtedly be one of this year’s finest records. He is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen, looking like Andy Warhol and playing (almost) like Jimi Hendrix. But where most musicians provoke the listener with volume, Connan enchants with a delicate delivery. Make sure you check out his fantastically surreal videos. I think he’s a truly important musician and one of the greats of this generation…

Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge