|Genres||Australian hip hop|
|Years active||2006 — present|
|Members||Adit Gauchan (Adit)
Nick Bryant-Smith (MC Solo)
Horrorshow is an Australian hip hop duo from the Inner West area of Sydney, Australia. The duo consists of Solo (vocals) and Adit (producer). Together with Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride, Horrorshow are members of the '1Day' crew from the inner-west of Sydney.
Horrorshow have published three albums since 2008 as well as two singles and a recorded set of an acoustic performance featuring Joyride amongst others which was labelled "Live at the Spiegeltent".
The Grey Space
After signing with the Elefant Traks label, the pair released their debut album The Grey Space, an album created largely during the duo's high school years, at a time where they linked up with Spit Syndicate and Joyride to form the extended 1Day crew. Elefant Traks artist and co-founder Urthboy explained the duo's recruitment in a blog post published in the lead-up to the release of Horrorshow's third album:
When Horrorshow brought me The Grey Space I deduced that they were fans of Atmosphere. They wouldn’t put "Walk You Home" on it, making the better decision to keep it for their unfinished second album, despite my wishes at the time. The first wanna join the Elefants conversation I had with them took place on the balcony at our studio/office at the time in Enmore. I remember telling them that the only way Elefant Traks could develop was if the likes of Horrorshow took the possibilities opened up by The Herd and amplify them.
After the release of their debut followed their second album Inside Story in 2009, which was acclaimed amongst their fans for its eloquent lyricism and soulful production. It was chosen as a Triple J Feature Album, FBi Album of the Week and was also favourably received by Australian music critics.
King Amongst Many
An indication of Horrorshow's third album was revealed with a song entitled "Did You Hear?", which features a horns section. On 22 December 2012, a confirmation of the third album's 2013 release was posted on the group's Facebook fan page. In early May 2013, another song "Unfair Lottery" was released on the Internet and received radio airplay. The song was made officially available in a digital format on 24 May 2013 and appears on Horrorshow's third album. The subject of "Unfair Lottery" is concerned with the racial notion of "white privilege". The music video for "Unfair Lottery" premiered on Channel V's "WTF" programme on 5 June 2013.
The band revealed the name of their third album King Amongst Many on 13 June 2013, following the rapid sale of tickets for the "Unfair Lottery" single launch shows. An album release date of 2 August 2013 was subsequently publicised in the promotional material for the Australian 'King Amongst Many Tour' that spans from September to November 2013.
The pair have sold out every headline show they have performed in Sydney. Horrorshow has also appeared at major Australian music festivals, including the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass and Groovin' the Moo.
In 2012, Horrorshow again supported the Hilltop Hoods on a European tour and continued in this role for the Hilltop Hoods' "Speaking in Tongues" Australian tour. The band was included in the line-up for the 2012 Brisbane Festival and performed at the Spiegeltent venue.
Solo regularly appears on Spit Syndicate tracks, including: "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow", "On & On" and "All Summer Long" from the album Towards The Light; "Showtime" and "Contour Lines" from the album Exile; "Venice Queen" from the mixtape Best Intentions Part I; and "Along The Way" from the album Sunday Gentlemen. Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate are both members of the '1day' crew.
Solo also appears on the song "The Underground", by the Hilltop Hoods, from the album Drinking From The Sun (with other guest vocalist Classified); "On Your Shoulders", by Urthboy, from the album Smokey's Haunt (with other guest vocalist Jimblah); "Mr Inside", by Thundamentals member Tuka, from his second solo album Feedback Loop; "Dead 'Em", by Mantra, from the album Speaking Volumes (with other guest vocalists Urthboy, Illy, Jeremedy (Grey Ghost) and Muph); and "For What It's Worth", by M-Phazes, from the album Good Gracious.
Horrorshow's third studio album release appeared in the Full Shortlist for the 9th Australian Music Prize (AMP), which was unveiled at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia on 26 January 2014. Selected from a Longlist of 43 artists, Horrorshow was nominated for King Amongst Many, while label-mate Jimblah was nominated for his second albumPhoenix. Other artists in the Full Shortlist included Beaches and Big Scary and the judges were presented with an original list of 300 albums.
- The Grey Space – Elefant Traks (ACE041) (16 August 2008)
- Inside Story – Elefant Traks (ACE052) (2 October 2009)
- King Amongst Many - Elefant Traks (2 August 2013)
- "Did You Hear?" – Elefant Traks (ACED068) (23 November 2011)
- "Unfair Lottery" – Elefant Traks (24 May 2013)
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