UNTITLED Entertainment x Dr. Martens presents
Live in Hong Kong – February 16th, 2012
Untitled Entertainment are ringing in the Year of the Dragon with a slew of wonderful shows and wrapping up our CNY gigs are The Horrors, joining us for three shows through Asia in February: Bandung (14th), Hong Kong (16th) and Taipei (17th).
To understand The Horrors you need to understand what it takes to be a free and independent spirit in 2012 – to do things in your own way and on your own terms at a time when nearly everyone else is desperate to fit in and all too happy to follow. And that is exactly what The Horrors have been pulling off ever since they emerged from Southend on Sea back in 2005.
They burst onto the scene like the teenage mutant offspring of The New York Dolls and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They were a shock to the body-rock, doing everything that rock n roll at its purest and prettiest is supposed to do– energise, excite, divide and polarise.
The Horrors’ debut album and its follow up are two of the most startling and thrilling in recent years. Strange House was a filthy-sweet attack on pop’s lazy, shallow, callow consensus, inspired by the carbon monoxide highs of the garage rock that brought the band together. 2009′s Primary Colours was as dramatic a departure from the screaming insanity of Strange House, as Strange House had been from the overweening mediocrity it railed against. The aggression and melodies were all still present, but now they were buoyed up by a symphony of swirling organs and psychedelic guitar that lent the album a grand cinematic sweep. The critics loved it, recognizing in its scope and ambition a band determined to make a lasting mark on rock n roll. It won album of the year awards, including the NME and was nominated for the Mercury Prize as one of the albums of the year.
The Horrors latest LP, Skying, takes up where Primary Colours left off and they began recording it the moment they stopped touring that album. Both dense and expansive, insidiously poppy and stubbornly arty, Skying sounds like nothing else the band has ever done before whilst sounding entirely and fixatedly like The Horrors.
Date: Thursday February 16th, 2012
Time: Doors at 19:00
Venue: KITEC Auditorium
1 Trademart Drive
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Tickets: $450 at www.hkticketing.com and all HKTicketing outlets