Saturday, November 18 at 6:30pm Pacific on KEXP
Haunted Horses have been a staple in Seattle’s vibrant DIY music scene since their inception in 2009. Last year, however, the band decided to call it quits; they played what was billed as their last show in May 2016. Alas, however, they announced their return this summer, and so begins the Horses’ new chapter. For those just joining, here’s what you need to know:
Try “Goetia,” the second track from 2013’s full-length Watcher, for a taste of HH’s sound. The opening lyrics are a good summary of the band’s overall vibes: “Goetia, come Goetia. Goetia light the forest stones. Goetia burn his winters throne to light the night.” HH’s music is dark and brooding, noisy and fast, industrial and chaotic. Their initial years produced Watcher and a series of EPs and splits.
2017 / “Come” EP
In the wake of the Horses break-up, guitarist Colin Dawson and drummer Myke Pelly said they tried starting a new project with new sounds, but it all ended up sounding inevitably similar to HH. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, they figured. The result is their “Come” EP, HH’s musical re-introduction. It’s a continuation of the same similar sounds with a few fresh dynamics.
The apocalyptic overtones to HH’s records are obviously carefully crafted in the studio, but to catch them at maximum volume, both in terms of decimals and the wall-of-sound style layering to their tracks, be sure to watch a live set. They’ve returned to form so far with a few appearances at essential DIY spaces in Seattle, as well as a performance at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. Tune in to KEXP this Saturday to see them live in-studio there, and in the meantime, scope a track they played there in 2013 below.
Set your reminder to hear Haunted Horses on KEXP this Saturday at 6:30pm Pacific.
To learn more about the band, visit https://spookyponies.com.
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