Band: Horror My Friend
Release: ‘Home Life’
Date of release: 21/9/18
Genre: Indie fuzz rock
Record Label: Poison City Records
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Doc Martins and offset guitars
Next Gig: October 19th @ Rad Bar, Wollongong
“It feels like you’ve traded death for sleep thirst and dreamless beds”
There’s always a sound in your head, eating at your eardrums, tingling at your brain matter. Slowly but surely, it’s getting closer. All of a sudden, you’re covered in it. This is "Home Life" by Adelaide noise rock band Horror My Friend.
Right from the get go, the album hits like an atomic bomb; with ‘Pavement’s shimmering guitars making way for a sonic arsenal of gunfire in the form of a fuzz pedal and Tom Gordon’s melodic throaty yells. ‘Ultraviolet’ continues the more is more approach, filling out tonnes of space with thick sonic textures and vibrant melodies that wander into your eardrums from different places of the musical palette. It’s amazing to think that Horror My Friend is only a three piece.
Every track is a highlight that makes you feel like unstoppable somethings in the middle of a great big, beautiful, unsolvable mess. They all blend really well together and almost feel like ongoing episodes of a really great TV show.
‘Heavy Eyelids’ seemingly shows their softer side, beaming with a beautifully intrusive My Bloody Valentine-style flood of chaotic guitar that envelopes back into familiar grunge gallows ala Tumbleweed or Mudhoney whereas ‘Rattled Bones’ decides to take you on a journey.
The trio of songs that concludes the record is one of pure perfection. Three brilliantly constructed melodic guitar based noise pop songs, with heavy textures and pretty, catchy melodies. ‘Wedding’, one of the album’s singles, cruises along for its digestive verses, but jumps out in an anthemic heart-throbber of a chorus. The boys know exactly which notes are going to make you feel things, and they play on that so you have an emotional response to their songs.
‘Milky’ is the most beautiful of the three, opening with luscious chorus, pedally guitar chords that never feel finished, creating such beautiful tension as they leap between note and note. The pace never slows though, with pounding drums and a thick bass providing the track’s foundation. Despite the lyrics being often pushed to the back of the mix on the record, this track has some absolute stand outs, along the lines of “It feels like you’ve traded death for sleep thirst and dreamless beds”. That line just sticks out to me so much, and whichever member wrote that should definitely take up a career in poetry.
By now though, we’re at the end. They saved the best for last. ‘DIYs’ is the best song on the album, if not ever. It’s just so powerful in its thick garage production, energy, and melodic tension and songwriting. I honestly have no words. Go give it a listen and you’ll hear why.
Horror My Friend are touring the album throughout October.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10