The Horrors launch new album ‘Skying’ at Glastonbury

London band make their third appearance at Worthy Farm

The Horrors launched their new album ‘Skying’ at Glastonbury today (June 25), and chatted to NME about how confident they were about its reception.

Speaking before their show on the John Peel Stage, we quizzed keyboard player Tom Cowan about how well the new material from their July-bound album had been going down at the band’s recent comeback shows.

“Brilliant,” he claimed. “It’s been going down better than our old stuff. We got to the point where we realised we needed to get up on stage and play these songs. It’s been getting better every night too.”

Cowan added that the band’s decision to cut all material from their 2007 debut album ‘Strange House’ from their live show is because they don’t believe it “makes sense” to delve that far back. “We’ve only got 45 minutes to play and we’d rather play this than anything from back then,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to us to play that stuff at the moment.”

He also said that the band were rushing straight from their appearance at the festival to watch Pulp play their gig at The Park stage, having failed to catch Radiohead’s secret set yesterday.

“We’ve been trying to arrange transport so we can get straight up there after this,” he explained. “We don’t want to miss them [Pulp]. We tried to catch Radiohead, but we just couldn’t see and gave up in the end.”

The Horrors played five tracks from ‘Skying’ in their nine-song set. Opening with ‘Sea Within A Sea’, the set was split almost exactly between their new LP and second album ‘Primary Colours’, with ‘Mirror’s Image’ and ‘Scarlet Fields’ both aired.

The Horrors played:

‘Sea Within A Sea’
‘Changing The Rain’
‘Mirror’s Image’
‘I Can See Through You’
‘Who Can Say’
‘Endless Blue’
‘Scarlet Fields’
‘Still Life’
‘Moving Further Away’

NME.COM is coming live from Glastonbury 2011 this weekend – stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/glastonbury for news reports, reviews and photos from Worthy Farm. Then head back from Monday for backstage video interviews.