Album of the Month- November 2009
Horse The Band - Desperate Living
I ever since I heard Cutsman for the first time (off the album R. Borlax), the most extreme song about a megaman character I have ever heard with possibly one of the greatest breakdowns of all time, Horse The Band proved that they could be both brutal and have a sense of humor at the same time.
From the Wiki
Horse the band's lyrics are chaotic and colorful metaphors for vocalist Nathan Winneke's life, often with humorous or abstract pop culture reference titles and bases. Winneke has referred to his style on multiple occasions as "lynchian" in reference to his favorite film director David Lynch and his obtuse narrative style.
In their latest effort Desperate Living, Horse The Band has really tweaked their sound and added a lot to give the songs more depth and legitimacy. The "Nintendocore" 8-bit sound is still very prevalent but includes post-rocky elements, as well as an added influence of Xiu Xiu mastermind Jamie Stewart, who produced the album.
Stewart commented on his role in the recording process, stating, “ Horse the band has asked me to try to help them make a dying robot, an exploding keyboard, a dream laugh and a melted, drastic flute of redemption. Lucky for you and for me they have the wit and creativity to turn these things into music.”
Here is one of the hottest tracks, exemplifying what I'm talking about, with Stewart providing guest vocals. I also like the video.
I think this album shows Horse The Band at their very best, combining their influences for the greatest possible outcome. This album may not be for everyone, but a number of really fly tracks make it worthy of listening to on a "Rock Night
Horse the Song, another good track off the album.
This is the one that got me into them in the first place, the aformentioned "Cutsman."