The Horrors Share “Machine” Video and Announce U.S. Shows

V Due Out September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline

Jul 17, 2017
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British five-piece The Horrors are releasing their fifth album, the fittingly titled V, on September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline. Previously they shared its first single "Machine." Now they have shared a video for "Machine" and announced a small number of U.S. tour dates. Jon Emmony directed the artsy "Machine" video, which features a mash-up of constantly moving strange creatures and images. Watch it below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

Emmony had this to say about the video in a press release: "The video for 'Machine' is based around the concept of computer simulation. The creatures, formed from sections cut and twisted from insects, crustaceans and bone are arranged in sculptural compositions inspired by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch; finding the surreal within mixed forms and scales. The movement for the creatures is powered through generated simulations - randomized numbers and splines are generated and the position of each creature along these splines are calculated; seemingly without reason but born from the choices of software.

"If left, taken away from an edit, the creatures would continue to exist and their movements would evolve. Simulated hair adapts to changing wind speeds and directions, again manipulated by randomized mathematics. For me this was an exciting way to create digital imagery as having an element of control removed and then decided by a computer seemed fitting with the track. Machines inside machines."

Paul Epworth (London Grammar, Florence and the Machine, Bloc Party, Adele) produced V at the Church Studios, in North London. It's the follow-up to 2014's Luminous.

A previous press release promised that the album is diverse and that the band refuses "to stand still." As lead singer Faris Badwan puts it in the press release: "It is a risk. But life isn't much fun without risk. It's the antithesis of being creative if you know what you're going to be doing every time."

Keyboardist Tom Cowan adds in the press release: "It's natural, if you do see yourself as an artist, to progress and not play it safe. Bowie pre-empted the modern condition of not being able to stay in one place for very long, and I get frustrated with bands who stay still. Because then it does become a career."

Bassist Rhys Webb also had this to say: "When we started, we had a very clear idea of what we wanted to do, which was to make as furious a noise as possible, a fast and violent racket. But even though we started with this punky garage sound there was always this real spirit of wanting to experiment and explore."

The Horrors Tour Dates:

U.S. Tour Dates:

Sep 16 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland Block Party
Sep 18 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC
Sep 19 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

U.K. Tour Dates:

Jul 11 London, UK - Omeara
Jul 14 Southwold, UK - Henham Park
Oct 16 Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Oct 17 Dublin, IE - Tivoli
Oct 19 Glasgow, UK - QMU
Oct 20 Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University
Oct 21 Leeds, UK - Leeds University
Oct 22 Liverpool, UK - Academy 1
Oct 24 Birmingham, UK - Institute
Oct 25 Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
Oct 26 Cambridge, UK - The Junction
Oct 28 Brighton, UK - Acca
Oct 29 London, UK - Koko

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