Faris Badwan

Born 21 September 1986.


Faris Badwan is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of The Horrors, and more recently one half of Cat's Eyes with Rachel Zeffira.

Born in Bexley, Kent on 21 September 1986 to a Palestinian father and English mother, Badwan grew up in Warwickshire along with three brothers, Tarik, Harry and Laith, and attended Arnold Lodge School in Leamington Spa. In 1999, Badwan obtained a scholarship to the exclusive public boarding school Rugby School, where he met Horrors bassist Tomethy 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 is 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 a concert in Massachusetts in 2007 after he accidentally smashed a ceramic bust of Elvis Presley on stage. He once fractured his nose when Horrors guitarist Joshua Third accidentally hit him with his guitar headstock. He also enjoys reading, writing, and directing short videos.

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