THE HORRORS @ The Roundhouse 12.10.11

The Horrors @ The Roundhouse

FAULT: Who influences your current sound?

Faris: Well, we’ve all been listening to Black Sabbath quite a lot. But I think maybe the influence isn’t as direct as some people might think. We all listen to a lot of music and you spend the whole album process not really putting things into words like that.

FAULT: What did you listen to growing up? 

Faris: I go on about the Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ all the time, and for some people it makes them want to vomit but I think it’s one of the best records ever. Each time I listen to it there’s something new I didn’t notice. And that was something that my parents always had on when I was a kid.

FAULT: How would you describe your latest album ‘Skying’ in relation to ‘Primary Colours’?

Faris: How would I compare it? Well, it’s longer than Primary Colours and this time we built the studio ourselves. I feel like we had more control over every little bit of the process.

FAULT: How has your image changed over the past couple of years?

Faris: I mean no more so than – you know; people don’t wear the same shirt for five years or whatever. I think if you’re doing something creative, you change, gradually over time.

FAULT: Do you think your change in style has any connection with your change in music?

Faris: Not really, because I don’t think any of the changes are spoken about. There’s just a development with being excited about things that you don’t really think about. You make a record, and then you’re excited about something new by the end of it and you’re off onto something else.

FAULT: Describe your writing process.

Faris: We all write the songs. I think if you want to make something interesting, you don’t really have a formula. You have different ways of working, but it’s not so rigid otherwise you’ll never get anything interesting.

FAULT: If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

Faris: I would have probably studied English at college and currently be without a job.

FAULT: Best show you’ve ever played? Why?

Faris: Whenever we play in Tokyo or any Japanese show or in Mexico they’re sort of, you know, Mexican crowds are kind of like the Japanese but less polite. I think the second time we played ‘Summer Sonic’ always sticks in my head because it was the first time we played over there with our second record. And we weren’t really sure how they would react to it and it was actually really great.

FAULT: Best festival played this year?

Faris: Leeds for me was the killer one this year because we had a power cut and then the crowd started singing ‘Still Life’ with all the lights off. Which was very weird, I never thought that would happen to The Horrors.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Faris: My fault is that I drink a lot of cough medicine.

FAULT: What’s next for The Horrors?

Faris: What is next…? I don’t really make plans, they’re made for me and I sort of just get dragged along.