|Birth name||Faris Adam Derar Badwan|
|Born||21 September 1986|
Bexley, Kent, England
|Origin||Leamington Spa/Rugby, England|
|Genres||Neo-psychedelia, post-punk revival, shoegazing, garage rock revival, alternative rock, classical|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, vocalist, artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||The Horrors, the Rotters, Lumina, Cat's Eyes|
Badwan attended the independent Arnold Lodge School in Leamington Spa before obtaining a scholarship in 1999 to the exclusive public boarding school Rugby School, where he met future Horrors bassist and synthesiser player Tom Cowan, also known as Tom Furse. Continuing his education, Badwan moved to London to study illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2004, eventually deferring from his studies to concentrate on his musical career with the band.
Badwan is best known as vocalist for the Horrors, an alternative rock band formed in Southend-on-Sea in 2005. Their debut album, Strange House, was released in 2007. Badwan became notorious for his onstage activities, which have featured violence, the use of black paint to mark audience members, scaling anything available and using items found in the stage area to antagonise the audience. Badwan and his band were thrown out of venue Great Scott in Massachusetts in 2007 after he accidentally smashed a ceramic bust of Elvis Presley on stage.
Faris released a one-off single under the pseudonym of Lumina, teaming up with ex-Ipso Facto member Cherish Kaya to record a cover of the Black Lips song "I'll Be With You". This recording appeared as a B-side on the Black Lips single "Drugs".
Badwan's illustrations have also earned admiration; his artwork has been featured on releases by the Horrors, the Charlatans and Hatcham Social, and in Vice magazine. His "Drawing a Straight Number Nine" exhibition in London featured a drawing series of 100 new works by the frontman. Due to its popularity, it was then taken to Milan, Italy.
In 2011, Faris collaborated with Canadian opera singer Rachel Zeffira under the moniker Cat's Eyes, releasing the Broken Glass EP and a self-titled full-length album.
In early 2015, Faris and his brother Tarik Badwan (lead singer of Loom), announced that they would be launching RAFT Records, in partnership with Vinyl Factory. They collaborated with renowned designer Marc Donaldson to create the label's aesthetic. The first release was a four-track double 7" EP featuring Skinny Girl Diet, Niqab, Puffer and Jet Black.
In 2018, the Norwich-based duo Let's Eat Grandma released their sophomore album, "I'm All Ears", featuring two songs co-written and produced by Badwan and Sophie, "Hot Pink" and "It's Not Just Me".
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