The Horrors’ influences are writ large all over Luminous.
Ride, My Bloody Valentine, The Verve, The Who (in Baba O’Riley mode), even obscure early 90s indie rockers Scorpio Rising … all can be heard over the album’s 10 tracks.
What’s not so evident is any distinctive personality of the band’s own.
It starts well, with the epic psychedelia of Chasing Shadows and the effects-sodden rock-out of First Day of Spring, but too many songs outstay their welcome and too many others sound like they could have been freshly minted in 1991.
Again, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad record, and there will unquestionably be many who will lap up Luminous’ dance rock. A handful more memorable tunes wouldn’t go amiss next time though, boys.
Like this? Try these: Ride: Nowhere; MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
By Andrew Greenhalgh