The Horrors’ Faris Badwan Starts A New Band

Maybe Faris Badwan has been listening to Lou Reed’s Transformer a lot lately. The frontman of indie/shoegaze band The Horrors has debuted a new project called Cat’s Eyes, which Pitchfork describes as “[Badwan’s] duo with the Canadian opera soprano and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. The group specializes in a glassy, symphonic take on girl-group pop, and they played their first show in December in a pretty unusual place: St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, during an afternoon mass “attended by seven high-ranking cardinals”.

It’s a relief to see that Faris has substituted the gimmicky eye makeup and stupid hair with pretty melodies, a lush choral backdrop and a hint of Danny Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands score. The footage below was taken on cameras that were covertly smuggled in by friends of the band. Very rock and roll.

To hear another free track by Cat’s Eyes head to the band website: