The Horrors at The Pyramids

Thee Hypnotics live at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, April 14, 2018.  Picture: Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Thee Hypnotics at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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First – a confession: I never really liked Simple Minds the first time round. This means that no amount of lasers and strobes can make plodding, stodgy ‘80s rock a particularly attractive proposition.

To be fair, there are moments when The Horrors’ revisionism threatens to take off. The surging keyboards, clattering drums and rumbling bass do their job well, but somehow Faris Badwan is laid-back to the point of disinterest, and – worst of all – there are precious few hummable tunes in their current set.

Frontman Faris promised at the start: “We’re going to play all the hits tonight”, and they duly delivered the likes of Who Can Say, Still Life and I Can See Through You.

These did provide some uplifting moments but nowadays the band prefer hypnotic psychedelic layers of sound to actual melodies. They seem to have disowned their early days as leggy, huge-haired Goths (when Faris was Rotter), which is a shame as they were much more fun back in 2006.

The fact that tickets were still available in a constricted Pyramids Centre suggests I’m not the only one to remain unimpressed by The Horrors’ current musical malaise.