If ever there was a band that was seemingly formed out of all the things that I love, The Horrornauts would win the prize. A.) Horror themed band? Yes. All of the yes! B.) They’re synth based too? Why yes, as a matter of fact they are. But saying they’re just a synth based, horror themed band would be selling The Horrornauts short. Kevin Stratton and Drew West are insanely talented. A Night With The Horrornauts has a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds verve to it, the swagger of Dave Gahan strutting around, and the heart of classic horror cinema. Mix that all together and you’re scratching the surface of what’s on offer here.
I’m going to be honest, The Horrornauts have thrown me for a bit of a loop. This collection of six songs is one of the most complete releases of the year, leaving you wanting to do nothing more than hit “play” as soon as it’s over. One playthrough is NOT enough, as I can personally attest. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gone through A Night With The Horrornauts, and that’s a good problem to have!
So, where exactly did this new beast on the scene come from? Kevin Stratton had this to say: “We’d spent years listening to pioneers like Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk, and John Carpenter and his soundtracks. But in the last year or two, we’ve delved deep into the likes of Carpenter Brut and Perturbator, and their synthwave/darksynth sensibilities really blew our collective minds.” While they may be wearing their influences on their sleeves, the first thing you notice when you put on this EP is how fresh and new it sounds. The Horrornauts have managed what most bands struggle with…using their influences without becoming an imitation of those bands. They’ve created a sound that is uniquely theirs, and it’s a sound that I want more of!
You can snag A Night With The Horrornauts right now over at Bandcamp for $5.00, and it’s $5.00 well spent. The Horrornauts are living proof that horror is a lifestyle…a year long obsession, not just a one day Halloween celebration. Their blend of tongue-in-cheek pop horror sensibilities are exactly what I wanted, even if I didn’t know it before I heard it. Something tells me you’re going to enjoy it too!