Much was made about British post-punkers The Horrors' 2007 debut Strange House. The album featured such songs as "Gloves" and "Sheena is a Parasite," both drenched in influences from such influential punk bands as Joy Division and the Ramones. 2009 saw the band's sophomore album, Primary Colours, take a more mellow approach. Gone were the skin tight black jeans, leather jackets, spiky haircuts, and 1:30 long songs. The reward for the band's change of pace? A Mercury Prize nomination.
Skying, the third album from The Horrors, is set to be released this July. In preparation for this, the band just released the album's lead single, "Still Life," which can be heard after the jump.
As evidenced by "Still Life," The Horrors have become the well-rounded, post-punk outfit that we've come to expect from a bunch of nice, young British lads. Lead singer Faris Badwan has brilliantly found his vocal mark, making 2007 and Strange House seem like it was over a decade ago. The evolution of The Horrors is a strange one indeed, yet the initial curiosity that surrounded the band and their unique aesthetic has been replaced by their matured, rather polished sound.
Skying is out 7/11 via XL. Track list is as follows: