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Birth name  Faris Adam Badwan
Height  1.96 m
Role  Musician

Name  Faris Badwan
Years active  2005–present
Partner  Rachel Zeffira
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Born  21 September 1986 (age 29) Bexley, Kent, England (1986-09-21)
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
Music groups  The Horrors (Since 2005), Cat's Eyes
Similar  Joshua Hayward, Rhys Webb, Rachel Zeffira, Tomethy Furse, Paul Cary

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Faris Badwan (born 21 September 1986) is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the Horrors, and more recently as half of Cat's Eyes.


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Early life

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Born in Bexley, Southeast London on 21 September 1986 to a Palestinian father and English mother, Badwan grew up in Warwickshire along with three brothers.

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In 1999, Badwan obtained a scholarship to the exclusive public boarding school Rugby School, where he met future Horrors bassist and synthesiser player Tom Cowan, previously known as 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.

Musical career

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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 a concert in Massachusetts in 2007 after he accidentally smashed a ceramic bust of Elvis Presley on stage.

Prior to forming the Horrors, Faris took part in pseudo-punk band the Rotters, named after the novel The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe.

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.

Faris appeared on the TV show Soccer AM, scoring in the spot kick challenge. He talked about his love of football, confirming that he is a Blackburn Rovers supporter.

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 February 2015, Cat's Eyes released the soundtrack for Peter Strickland's film The Duke of Burgundy.

In February 2017, Hercules & Love Affair released the single "Controller", featuring Badwan on vocals.


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