The Horrors are an alternative rock band from Southend On Sea in England. They comprise vocalist Faris Badwan, guitarist Joshua Hayward, synthesizer player Tom Cowan, bassist Rhys Webb and drummer Joseph Spurgeon. This is the opening track from their third album Skying and was the last song written for the record.
Skying was released on July 11th 2011 on XL recordings and recorded by the band in their own London studio built by Joshua Hayward. The guitarist also constructed a 20 stage phaser whose whoosing effect can be heard on this song. The album title makes reference to the Grande-Skyer Mark II phaser used on Calbeb Quaye's 1967 number, "Baby Your Phrasing is Bad."
Tom Cowan told NME: "This was a little bit of a Frankenstein track as we had two songs that weren't really working. Luckily Rhys saw a connection and we managed to cull the best from both and fuse them together."
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.