Maybe I just missed something, but I never realized this full interview was released after the short preview clip I saw. Here’s the full video plus the accompanying interview, translated from Spanish.
Interview with Tom Cowan (The Horrors) in London
The day began with us walking through Belsize Park until we we reached Hampstead, which we strolled through with delight; we paid an essential visit to the Everyman Cinema and finally got to enjoy the beautiful autumn sun in Hampstead Heath. Suddenly the clock forced us to react: we had an hour to get to Dalston and, although it’s in more or less the same geographical area of north London, the transportation needed to get there isn’t the best. We took a bus that went down to Camden and then to Euston, passing St. Pancras and, of course, Kings Cross to get to Pentonville Road (according to Peter Akroyd it’s the oldest street in London, founded by the Romans), and on Upper Street we changed buses to stay on Essex Road. Balls Pond Road turned right only to turn left in a few meters onto the legendary Kingsland High Street. And there, right where it becomes Stoke Newington Road, we turned right on Shaklewell Lane to, a couple meters further on, encounter the Shaklewell Arms pub where we would meet up with Tom and Josh from The Horrors to talk. Needless to say, the clock was already striking the hour of the meeting and on the last part of the route we were running, non-stop, for almost 10 minutes, so as not to make the Englishmen whom we mentioned wait.
A few years ago Johnny Borrell, the Razorlight frontman, sang (what is said to be in dedication to Pete Doherty, during the era of The Libertines): “Don’t go back to Dalston, Don’t go up the junction, don’t go round the houses…”. He was referring to the crack houses that abounded in the area, abandoned houses in which it was sold, and the people who were consuming all kinds of hard drugs and committing crimes for them, even killing. Dalston was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in London. Even in 2006, 2007, 2008, when I had the opportunity to get to know the area well because a friend gave me shelter for a few days during the London Film Festival, though it was already cleaning up these ‘houses’, and it was beginning to transform overnight (as often happens in London) into a hip place for social life, it was still a rough-looking, unkempt enclave for the unfavored Turkish community. But after maybe four years Dalston became the hub of London hipsterdom. Where there had been abandoned or dilapidated businesses, today there are bars, housed along the entire length of Kingsland High Street, and its continuation, Stoke Newington Road, ‘up the junction’, as it’s said, from Dalston Junction. Of course, the same happens in the surrounding streets. On Shacklewell Lane, however, it seems that this feature of modernity has not manifested and Shacklewell Arms, a stale pub in the area, is apparent proof of that. It appears to be from the past, but some details of its decoration betray the presence of the hipster tribe. In the afternoon you can only sense an echo of their presence in the vicinity. At night, it is clear that its members have also already taken, for their own, the Shacklewell Arms.
There, at 5:00, we came to visit with Tom Cowan and Joshua Hayward of The Horrors. After the ritual of ordering pints to break the ice, we talked briefly with them about the changes that have taken place in Dalston, and also about the new album being recorded right next to the pub in their studio. Upon learning that the interview would be videotaped, Joshua excused himself, saying he had another commitment. We stayed with Tom and we have shared with you, until now, only a fragment of the conversation we had in the pub. We talked about films (Fantasia, The Trip, There Will Be Blood) and then he invited us to see the recording studio where we continued talking (he told us he’s been working two years on this new album and about his relationship with Chris Cunningham) and then we went out for a little walk through the streets of London. We said goodbye to him, met with a Mexican friend, Tupac Martir, who also has a studio in the same complex as The Horrors, ate dinner at a Turkish restaurant and then went to a bar, one of the trendiest in the area. And there we found Tom, having another beer.