The Horrors’ Faris Badwan: “We feel we can headline festivals on our own terms”

The band also state they "couldn't live with themselves" if they used cheap tricks to reach the top

The Horrors‘ frontman Faris Badwan has revealed that he thinks the band will be able to get to festival headline status, but would do so “on their own terms”.

Speaking about whether they would want to headline festivals, the London quintet – who are readying to release fourth album ‘Luminous’ on May 5 – said they they would “absolutely love to” top the bill in the future. Badwan clarified the statement by saying, “Are there any bands that wouldn’t? There are hundreds of bands that I love that could never headline, but I think that they’d probably all love to.” He added: “You should never be willing to water down your music for the sake of headlining, but we feel like we can achieve it on our own terms.”

Talking to Gigwise about the band’s ambitions, Badwan and keyboard player Tom Cowan also reiterated their refusal to compromise, speaking about how they would never use “cheap tricks” in order to achieve success. “We can’t do it if it becomes a job. If it’s a functional tool, where’s the joy in that?” said Badwan on the subject. “I don’t think we could live with ourselves. I don’t think we could release something we weren’t happy with.” Cowan, meanwhile, added that, “We know the cheap tricks, we joke about it, we talk about it,” he said. “There are ways to get a No 1 record. It’s not satisfying.”


‘Luminous’ is the follow up to The Horrors’ 2011 LP ‘Skying’ and features recent single ‘I See You’. Speaking in a recent interview with NME, the band also revealed the inspiration behind a number of tracks from the album. Speaking about ‘I See You’, bassist Rhys Webb says: “When we were writing, this track made us realise we were going in the right direction. It started to shape the final picture.” Frontman Faris Badwan, meanwhile, said opening track ‘Chasing Shadows’ had been made like a techno track, while ‘First Day Of Spring’ is described by Hayward as a “fast-moving train that has no intention of stopping” and is, according to fellow member Tom Cowan, one of “the least electronic tracks on the album”.

The Horrors are yet to announce a full UK tour in support of the release, however the band will play a number of festivals throughout the country including Field Day in London in support of the Pixies (June 8), Isle of Wight (June 13-15) and Reading and Leeds (August 22-24).

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