What happened to the Horrors? 2007's Strange House was a loud, snarling barrage of arty UK punk rock ("arty" in the gothic-with-platform-shoes-and-makeup sense of the word) that appealed to fans of zombie garage punk and Hot Topic. The hairspray must have touched some brain nerves, because the Horrors have slowed down a bit on Primary Colours, trading in some of their previous noise for something more conventional. Portishead's Geoff Barrow co-produced their latest, and if anything can be linked to the drastic change in their sound, it's Barrow's influence; Colours is synth heavy, a little freaky where it needs to be, and a lot slower, with lead singer Faris Badwan droning on like an Interpol tribute band. Where there once was emotion, now a confusing stew of sound and distorted vocals fill the void. But hey, they still look like vampires, so I guess some things will never change. PHILIP GAUDETTE
w/Japanese Motors; tonight, Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13