The Horrors play packed Shockwaves NME Awards Show

Crystal Castles and These New Puritans also perform

The Horrors played a rammed Astoria last night (January 16) as part of the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows.

Taking to the stage in total darkness, apart from some flashing red strobes, the five-piece kept an already manic crowd heaving with their goth rock.

Dressed in signature black the band surrounded a demonic looking Faris Rotter who launched into the first song arms held out like a gothic preacher man.

‘Count In Fives’ opened with some seriously retina scalding strobes that saw the lead singer running round the stage like a man possessed.

Half way through the set Rotter bought out an over-sized Rubix Cube to stand and sing on.

He then chucked it into the crowd below much to their joy.

Hinting at the dancefloor monster to come Rotter then rasped: “Here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for, the moment that happened two years ago.”

The five-piece then kicked into ’Sheena Is A Parasite’ while the mass of heaving bodies bounced in time to the gnarly beat.

Later in the set Rotter asked the crowd where the giant Rubix Cube had gone saying: “Where is the Rubix Cube? It’s not mine, I don’t want it back. I just want to know where it is.”

Pumping through more tracks from debut album, ‘Strange House’, the quintet finished their set at 9.30pm (GMT) with drummer Coffin Joe chucking his sticks into the crowd.

Earlier, support came from Crystal Castles, whose lead singer spent most of the set singing at the front of the crowd and rolling around on stage, as well as These New Puritans and Ulterior.

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