The Dwarves
Horror Stories


3.0
good

Review

by Nic Renshaw USER (19 Reviews)
September 13th, 2018 | 8 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Band That Wouldn't Die, Part 1: A Slow Start

In the interest of full disclosure, The Dwarves’ 1986 debut album Horror Stories is not especially horrific, nor does it contain any discernible stories. In fact, it doesn’t contain much discernable anything. The most notable thing about this album is the way all the tracks tend to blend together into a single lo-fi, reverb-drenched haze. This makes picking out and describing individual songs difficult- After 3 listens through, I can’t really tell you anything about “Don’t Love Me” that wouldn’t also be true of “College Town” or “Love Gestapo” or any of the other songs on here. The keyboard-heavy “Get Outta My Life” stands out at the catchiest moment, and “Lick it” hints at the breakneck hardcore they would start pursuing shortly after Horror Stories’ release, but as a whole this record is awfully homogenous.

It is, of course, worth mentioning that in 1986 the Dwarves were far from being “the Dwarves” as we know them today- so far, in fact, that Blag Dahlia hadn’t even fully assumed vocal duties yet, splitting them 50/50 with drummer Sigh Moan. Hell, even calling this album “punk” would be quite a stretch- Horror Stories is grimy, deranged garage rock through-and-through, like something The Hives or Black Lips would play in their nightmares. ‘60s-fetishizing surf rock riffs, head-bobbing rhythms and demented pseudo-Elvis impersonations are the name of the game here. The band actually does a pretty fair job of it all around, too- While a lot the songs here are eminently forgettable, they never cross the line into being outright unpleasant.

Overall, Horror Stories is a perfectly fine album, but it’s of little interest to anyone not specifically seeking to listen to as much Dwarves music as possible, and isn’t likely to appeal to those fond of anything they’ve put out since. Listenable though it may be, this album remains as inessential today as it was four years after its release, when the Dwarves unleashed what is still perhaps their definitive release as a group...



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Kompys2000
September 13th 2018


1765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rating: 3.0/5



Best tracks: Get Outta My Life, Lick It



Aaand we're off! Planning on uploading one Dwarves review every Thursday for the next little while. Should be fun (: Up next, we start getting to the good stuff with 1990's Blood, Guts and Pussy!

SandwichBubble
September 13th 2018


7882 Comments


Nice! I haven't heard this one, but I bet it rules

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Kompys2000
September 13th 2018


1765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

S'aight. It's certainly their least Dwarves-y album, but it's a decent way to kill 26 minutes.

SandwichBubble
September 13th 2018


7882 Comments


I'm all about that lo-fi punk, don't worry about me

I'm gonna save you the trouble and just change the ampersand in Blood, Guts and Pussy, since you're planning on reviewing it and &'s usually mess up albums pretty damn bad

Kompys2000
September 13th 2018


1765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks mate, I already have the first draft typed up without ampersands so that works out well hahaha

widowslaugh123
September 13th 2018


1095 Comments


Pos. Haven’t heard this yet but good review


butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2018


8860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

honestly, the non-descript lo fi songs might work for me perfectly.. will give this a go.. pos for the review!

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2018


8860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, this is pretty grand..



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