The Horrors at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Paradise Lost. Picture: Danny Payne

REVIEW: Paradise Lost at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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The Horrors nearly pulled out of their gig at the Wedgewood Rooms because singer Faris’ was suffering with ‘voice problems’. And some would argue perhaps they should have cancelled.

His vocals were inaudible for the first two tracks, Changing the Rain and Who Can Say. However, by the third track he started to pick up the pieces.

Despite the frontman’s voice troubles, the music was superb throughout.

The band breezed through a rather mixed set containing tracks from latest album, Skying, and some from their much-loved second album, Primary Colours.

There was something about the band’s raw energy that kept the crowd entranced.

Whether it was a quick intake of painkillers for his voice or sudden surge in energy, Faris really delivered towards the end of the set. Endless Blue and Dive In both sounded epic, as did fan favourite Sea within a Sea.

Inevitably, when the band’s latest single – Still Life – was played, it got a great reception and deservedly so.

All of the packed-out Wedge crowd stayed behind to watch the band play their encore which included the brilliantly catchy You Said and Moving Further Away, which sounded better live than it does on record.