|Members||Adit Gauchan (Adit)|
Nick Bryant-Smith (MC Solo)
Horrorshow is an Australian hip hop duo from the Inner West area of Sydney. The duo consists of Adit (producer) and Solo (vocals). Together with Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride, Horrorshow are members of the One Day crew from the inner-west of Sydney.
Horrorshow have published four albums since 2008 as well as two singles and two recorded sets of a live performance (featuring Joyride, amongst others) which were labelled Live at the Spiegeltent and Live From The Listen Close Tour.
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 One Day 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.
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 first indication of a fourth album from the duo came in August 2016, with the release of a new single, 'If You Know What I Mean', accompanied by a video clip and tour announcement. This was followed by the melancholy yet uplifting track 'Push', which featured vocals from 16-year-old Taj Ralph. On 30 January 2017, Horrorshow announced that their fourth full-length release, Bardo State, would be released on 24 February. The album title "references The Tibetan Book of the Dead (or Bardo Thodol) and the duo wove concepts of the text into the album making process."
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.
In 2016, Horrorshow completed a sold-out Australian tour with Elefant Traks label-mate B Wise and Australian poet/rapper/author Omar Musa.
The following is a list of tracks on which Solo has appeared:
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.