Horse Party – Horizons

Pic by Jeff Higgott

Pic by Jeff Higgott

Regular readers to The RingMaster Review will know we have enjoyed an on-going affair between ears and music with UK trio Horse Party ever since they emerged in 2012 and unveiled their first pair of songs in Clarion Call and Back To Mono.  Since then, as their sound and imagination has grown and evolved, each single, EP, and indeed debut album, Cover Your Eyes, has bred a lustier and greedier appetite for their post punk/indie rock seeded adventures. Now the Bury St Edmunds hailing band has a new album to excite and draw spotlights their way, and in Horizons, one suspects and hopes, the key to deserved major attention.

Horizons is a compilation of sorts; a collection of the tracks released by the band across 2015 through EPs and singles. For fans there is the added bonus of a previously unreleased track and for newcomers, Horizons is an A-Z to why Horse Party is for so many British rock ‘n’ roll at its inspiringly majestic best. Released via R*E*P*E*A*T Records, the album is a kaleidoscope of the imagination and dark yet vibrant sounds which the threesome of vocalist/guitarist Ellie Langley, vocalist/guitarist/bassist Seymour Quigley and drummer Shannon Hope weave into their songwriting and acclaimed live shows. The fact that the tracks are laid out in release order also reveals the growth in the band’s sound over the past twelve to eighteen months alone.

It opens with the two tracks which started 2015 off in major style as a 7” vinyl single. Out Of Sight is first and instantly entices ears with a dour yet flirtatious bass riff. From its first breath, the outstanding song prowls ears and imagination, a predacious air to bass and guitar leading the seduction as beats crisply land around the just as swiftly alluring voice of Langley. Though it broadens its expression and melodic touch, the song never loses its darkly hued and persistent beckoning, even as rawer rock flames accompany the new zeal and energy fuelling the vocals. With psych rock lighting adding to the potency, the track is inescapable anthemic rock ‘n’ roll which is quickly more than matched by Receiver.

The second track shows a fleeter foot in energy and rhythms, almost bounding into view as riffs jangle and entice around the just as thickly coaxing vocals of Quigley. A delicious nagging seeded in post punk and punk with a slither of noise rock to it, the song dances around the senses, only increasing its tempting as transfixing harmonies expose lust in an already eager appetite and hooks toy with an alternation of slim and inflamed bait. Like a mix of like Au Pairs, Joy Division, and Morningwood, the track is simply irresistible.

album cover by Kate Wood

album cover by Kate Wood

What I’d Do steps forward next, its strolling gait and intensity another reserved but vibrant beckoning with emotive hues lining voice and melodic enterprise. The steely tone of bass holds ears tight from within the hazy but openly textured song, its dark touches courting the melancholically evocative tones of Langley as well as the more sultry strains of guitar. A slice of psych/rock pop, the song has a Forever Still meets Stevie Nicks air to it, and easily casts its spell on attention before Horizons shares it’s more relaxed but no less provocative presence. Quigley again takes the vocal lead, his potent presence nestling compellingly within a landscape which uncages moments of tempestuous energy and sonic voracity. There is surprisingly a touch of The Housemartins to the song and indeed a whiff of Paul Heaton to Quigley’s expression though once more what emerges is a song as distinct to Horse Party as their name.

A brand new song in the shape of For All I Know follows and swiftly has ears engrossed and enjoyment stirred as a solemn mix of guitar and bass suggestiveness wraps the equally mellow vocals of Langley and the magnetic rhythmic enticement of Hope. It is another with fire in its belly though that is held in check for the main even with the thick nudges of Hope’s swings, the drummer as shown throughout the album, able to create anthemic incitement without disrupting the emotive flights of songs.

A hypnotic nagging steers Paydirt into ears next, its persistent jab of beats colluding with scuzz kissed riffs as minimalistic but potent grooves flirt. In full swing, the track is a bracing proposition which sonically sizzles whilst in its more mellow moments it is monotone sculpted romancing of the senses, and throughout, an addictive breath-taking stroll cast in dark emotions and predatory shadows. It just lights up air and ears, melancholy lined vocals a single seduction among many shared by the song before Animal similarly provides a rousing and compelling experience. As Langley’s almost challenging tones align with choppy rhythms, the track enforces quick submission to its expanding lures. Everything about the song provokes with aggressive intent yet only flirtation is felt as Hope harries and bass and guitars stalk and erupt. That tempting is especially arousing in the passage of surf rock seduction which has body and thoughts aflame in a moment, as echoed by the lyrics, which is like the glorious eye of an equally thrilling storm.

The acoustic hug of the darkly lit and captivating October enchants next, Langley alone and in vocal union with Quigley mesmeric within the blues expressed guitar before Money Talks saunters in on a scuzzy lure of riffs. Gentle slithers of guitar and catchy beats align with the initial tenacious draw and subsequently the siren-esque call of the vocals, it all finding extra drama in the occasional bursts of intensity which punctures the highly infectious persuasion.

Essences of noise rock and new wave creep into Rocket Science next; its canter a lively enticing within post punk shadows and blues lit sonic suggestiveness. Predictability is never an element within a Horse Party song, a point tenaciously shown here as volatile textures and energies engage with the outstanding encounter’s absorbing and seductive serenade.

Smouldering surf rock inspired melodies shape the beauty of Looking For Life next, the song an elegant and radiant shimmer of melodies and harmonies around resonating rhythms. It is a bewitchment of ears, a sonic smooching of the senses and quite delicious epitomising of another quality in the Horse Party creativity, that every listen just makes a song more compelling and impressive.

The emotive soothing of Howling At The Sun surrounds the imagination next, the twin vocal seducing as rich and dramatic as the brooding atmosphere and sounds around them whilst Gratitude Falling brings the album to a spellbinding close with its evolving tapestry of beguiling sound. From a single melody, the track courts a thick growl of bass and a sharp guitar jangle, going onto breed scuzzy expulsions of tempestuous sound whilst all the while Langley grips ears with her narrative and magnetic tones.

Horizons is simply one of the year’s musts; an essential invitation not only into the creative arms and charms of Horse Party but to one of the new breed destined to inspire the future of British rock ahead.

Horizons is released on download and CD on April 1st via R*E*P*E*A*T Records and @ http://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 22/03/2016

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Horse Party – Gratitude Falling

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Whether it is their new single or just a New Year’s Day treat for their fans, Gratitude Falling provides further proof that Horse Party needs to be feverishly embraced by the British music scene. The song is a smouldering serenade from the creative heart and the increasingly adventurous sound which the trio from Bury St Edmunds is already noted for, and another slither of variety which has especially blossomed over recent releases.

To be fair fresh flavours and explorations have never been a novelty since the band emerged into view back in 2013 with tracks like Back To Mono and What Do You Need. It has especially been with the EPs Paydirt and Money Talks of last year, and songs around them, where the trio of guitarist/ vocalist Ellie Langley, guitarist/vocalist Seymour Quigley, and drummer/vocalist Shannon Hope have really stretched and pushed their creative recipes, embracing new strong flavours to their post punk seeded core.

HP_RingMaster Review   The bluesy emotive kiss of Gratitude Falling is another new hue in their ever evolving tapestry, a song as beguiling as it is resourcefully fiery and sonically tenacious. Its entrance is simply a melodic lure, guitar offering a single tempting soon courted by the thicker tone of bass and the ever engaging tones of Langley. Swiftly there is also an infectious flirtation to the song, one instantly open but also biding its time and intensity to really explode with the band in a rousing scuzzy expulsion of sound and intensity posing as a chorus.

The song is an increasingly gripping and dramatic enslavement of ears and appetite and where many Horse Party songs light the touch paper to rigorous involvement from the off it is one of those others taking their time to seduce and entice over numerous listens, all the while revealing more charm and rich persuasion. Fair to say Gratitude Falling does straight away pull on attention and spark a want to hear it again and again where it proceeds to sink the listener deeper into its inescapable dark majestic tempting. More and more newcomers are being lured towards the band with each encounter and long will it continue with tracks like this.

You can get Gratitude Falling as a free download @ https://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/track/gratitude-falling

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Pete RingMaster 12/01/2016

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Horse Party – Money Talks EP

by Kate Wood.

by Kate Wood.

Hot on the fresh heels of the Paydirt EP, UK alternative rock trio Horse Party offer another highly appealing treat in the shape of its successor, Money Talks. A more reserved and laid back offering but with the same creative fire and passion of its predecessor, the release is the strongest push of the Bury St Edmunds based band’s emotive and melodically elegant side. It has the now renowned Horse Party sound and craft but as all their releases have proven to date, reveals another hue to the imagination and depth to the creativity of the band. Paydirt hinted at a more intimately mellow sound within the songwriting and adventure of guitarist/ vocalist Ellie Langley, guitarist/vocalist Seymour Quigley, and drummer/vocalist Shannon Hope, especially in its closing song, which Money Talks now takes on another captivating and to be honest irresistible step.

The EP’s title track starts things off, Money Talks almost prowling along as a gentle melodic caress colludes with the more tenacious lure of riffs and bass. Amongst them the warm tones of Langley sway and seduce with the shadow of the narrative, her tones backed as sublimely as ever by the voices of Quigley and Hope. The web cast by the two guitarists equally enthrals as it wraps the resourcefully alluring net of persuasion tempting ears it all enhanced by Hope’s controlled but anthemically jabbing and probing beats.

cover_RingMaster Review   The following Rocket Science canters along with a slightly livelier gait and energetic zeal but again the post punk like prowess and invention of the band allows a bait of shadows and rapacious imagination to have their equal share of the absorbing persuasion on offer. There is also a great volatility to the track which is never realised but adds a constant unpredictability and intensity to the seductive croon of the outstanding proposal.

It is with the final pair of songs that the evocative adventure into atmospheric and melodic calms ignites a twist on the already diversely imaginative Horse Party adventure that is their sound. Looking For Life shimmers with surf lined kisses from the guitar within a boldly simmering sultry ambience, harmonies as bewitching and compelling as the uncomplicated but thickly enthralling tapestry of melody crafted ingenuity at play on ears. The song is aural beauty, Horse Party at their irresistible best.

Howling At The Sun is a similarly undemanding and captivating hug of enterprise with Quigley sharing the lead vocals to fine effect; his and Langley’s voices alternating across the dramatic and brooding, impressively lean yet emotionally rich landscape of the song.

It has been an especially strong, acclaim earning year for Horse Party primarily down to an ever gripping and powerful live presence and releases like Money Talks. It is fair to say that the band, from emerging in 2012, are not exactly newcomers anymore, having already built a major reputation through EPs, singles, and a stunning debut album. As their latest release reveals though, there is a perpetual supply of new potential seeming to brew up with each encounter, one which suggests we are still in the early stages of their blossoming and that is another exciting thought to go with those bred by their latest endeavour.

The Money Talks EP is out now via and free to download @ https://soundcloud.com/horsepartyparty or https://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/album/money-talks

Upcoming Horse Party dates:

Saturday 14th November – Ipswich Steamboat Tavern*

Friday 20th November – Norwich Owl Sanctuary+

Friday 27th November – Ipswich Cult Café

Friday 4th December – Colchester Lakeside Theatre*

Saturday 5th December – Bury St Edmunds Hunter Club^

*with SuperGlu +with Claws ^with The Machismos

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Pete RingMaster 31/08/2015

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Horse Party – Paydirt EP

photo by Kate Wood  White-Robot Photography

photo by Kate Wood White-Robot Photography

Often there comes an underlying fear with something that is so good it makes you drool but still seems to go unrecognised by the masses, that success always managing to evade the deserved. So it is with the music of Horse Party which continue to release fiercely exhilarating songs bred on a sound which is furiously fresh but with an old friend like invitation. The British alternative rock ‘n’ rollers have done so yet again with new EP Paydirt, a captivation of three fiery tracks breathing open diversity within the band’s superb fusion of emotive aggression and bewitching charm. It is an incitement which manages to be raw, mellow, and incendiary simultaneously, basically manna for ears and imagination. There is a line in the EP’s second song which declares “We are the eye of the storm”, and that sums up Horse Party and their gripping sound as a whole perfectly.

Since emerging in 2012, Bury St Edmunds based trio of guitarist/ vocalist Ellie Langley, guitarist/vocalist Seymour Quigley, and drummer/vocalist Shannon Hope have explored and developed their music through a host of songs, starting with the track Clarion Call which was even more impressively followed by their first official single Back To Mono in 2013. Grabbing ears and appetites of an increasing fan base and the underground media, the band pooled that early success, in turn sparking greater spotlight on them and acclaim, with their debut album Cover Your Eyes a year later. Equally the band’s live and hungry presence has also lured only praise and a potent reputation, Horse Party sharing stages with bands such as Tunng, Pinkunoizu, Shonen Knife, Heartless Bastards, Ghostpoet, Slaves, Levellers, Basement Jaxx, The Nightingales, Dingus Khan, We Are The Physics, and Vuvuvultures over the past years.

cover_RingMaster Review     This year has already seen a pair of striking propositions from the band with a new chapter in the movement and evolution of their sound. The double A-side single Out Of Sight/Receiver was first, its two songs revealing new growth and smoother textures to their still raunchily organic sound, an exciting turn taken forward again by What I’d Do just a few weeks back. The single was a rousing mix of bracing roars and intimate caresses, of light and dark emotions with again that now keener surface to an instinctively unpredictable and riveting enterprise. Paydirt continues the captivating adventure in sound but also as most of its predecessors comes with its own stock of individual surprises and addictive invention.

The EP’s title track is first, pumped beats and spicy riffs the first bait offered with the former just managing to hold a rein on urgency and the latter sizzling on flesh with their inviting tang. Within a few more breaths additional slithers of groove and nags of magnetism join in through the second guitar as Langley just as potently entices with her recognisable, melancholy lined tones. Alone the song has the appetite chained, lips only more ravenously licked as the track burst into scuzzy roars within an ever addictive stroll. Dark emotions and predatory shadows equally lurk throughout, as too a hint of bedlam in the song’s exciting tempestuous moments; it all uniting for another breath-taking Horse Party incitement.

Second track Animal similarly makes a rousingly compelling start with choppy rhythms and riffs which almost stalk the rich voice of Langley. It swiftly forges its own identity though as teasing melodies and caustic tempting spring from Quigley’s fingers on string, licking the senses like flames whilst Hope badgers with her flirtatious beats. A sublime breeze of psych rock brews within the track too, finding its moment to croon in an oasis of mellowness within the stormy textures of the song. A whiff of post punk only adds to the alchemy, with Au Pairs coming to mind as the track leads the listener on a merry escapade of drama and imagination.

The closing acoustic based seduction of October has ears enchanted as the EP completes its rich temptation. In every second of the song, melancholy smoulders through word and emotion whilst melodies and the vocal union of Langley and Quigley simply mesmerises. As in every release to date, increasing depths to the songwriting and invention of the band are revealed, sublimely in this third song and though it does at first take a touch longer to whip up the lustful reactions as earned by its companions within Paydirt, it has emotions and thoughts chained with increasing potency over every eager listen.

Paydirt is another irresistible gem from Horse Party, a band which it is impossible to tire of saying ‘ just gets better and better’. It is time for the UK to wake up, indeed Europe and the world, to the Horse Party; if you do not you are truly missing out.

The Paydirt EP is available via R*E*P*E*A*T Records/Pure Deadly digitally and on 7” vinyl from 4th September.

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