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.

Pete RingMaster 31/08/2015

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Horse Party – What I’d Do

 

 

by Kate Wood June 2015

by Kate Wood June 2015

As well as so far impressing with every release, UK alternative rockers Horse Party have also managed to bring hefty elements of surprise as their dark sound and song writing evolves. The band’s 2014 Integrity Records released debut album Cover Your Eyes especially came stocked with unpredictable and riveting adventure, qualities emulated and twisted yet again by the Out Of Sight​/​Receiver single last December. True to form, the Bury St Edmunds has again whipped up a fresh blend and imagination to their music with new single What I’d Do, and again there is no surprise it leaves ears and imagination enthralled.

The trio of drummer Shannon Hope and vocalists/guitarists Ellie Langley and Seymour Quigley, emerged in 2012 and through singles, EPs, and of course album, have earned a strong reputation and increasingly acclaimed stature in the British underground rock scene. Fan, media, and radio attention has followed suit in growing and blossoming greater attention upon Horse Party and for regulars and newcomers alike, it is easy to see why their bluesy, often melancholic, and perpetually gripping creative adventures just capture the imagination and emotions.

Fair to say that Out Of Sight/Receiver was Horse Party’s finest moment to date, a release even managing in many ways to outshine the band’s outstanding album. It impacted that much we wondered whether the band had peaked and would struggle to match the dark majesty of the release but What I’d Do soon addresses any thoughts. Its two tracks certainly do not leave the previous encounter in the shade but with their own unique character and new whiff of flavours, they boldly stand side by side in lighting ears and sparking new hunger for the band’s hypnotic sonic devilry.

What I'd Do cover_RingMaster Review    What I’d Do comes first, strolling in on dark riffs and crisp beats with shadows dripping off the former and scything resonance spinning from the latter. The sultry tones of Langley swiftly add her distinct temptation but though the song is still as dark and invitingly solemn as ever, there is a more melodic rock toning to it and the guitars enterprise. At times the song casts its spell on attention with a Forever Still meets Stevie Nicks like persuasion and though it is not a major shift in sound from say the last single, What I’d Do comes with a more relaxed and less agitated countenance. The spikier, more discordant elements of the Horse Party sound are always greedily devoured here but with the same kind of ease, the melodic roundedness of this track slips through ears and into a hungry appetite for its mellower though no less provocatively dramatic presence.

The following Horizons sees Quigley take the vocal lead, his expressive tones filling the darker climate of the song whilst the ever enticing and incendiary rhythms of Hope guide and framing the encounter with skilled prowess. The track from another reserved landscape begins brewing an increasingly volatile breath until eventually exploding in a blaze of raw guitar and melodic intensity. Though returning to its more restrained saunter, the song has already taken a new magnetic turn proceeding to twist and writhe with invention and vocal resourcefulness. Unexpectedly an essence of The Housemartins comes to mind at times early on though across its fluid landscape, Horse Party creates bracing roars and intimate caresses wrapped in dark emotion and ferocious imagination.

What I’d Do and its companion prove once again that Horse Party is one of the most invigorating and original lights in British rock ‘n’ roll; how they are not a household name yet is baffling.

What I’d Do is available now as a free download @ http://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/album/what-id-do-horizons

Upcoming Horse Party Live Dates:

Fri 17th July – SAWLEY (Lancs) Beat-Herder Festival

w/Levellers & Basement Jaxx

Sat 8th August – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary

Sat 22nd August – CAMBRIDGE Junction

Fri 28th August – BURY ST EDMUNDS Homegrown Festival

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RingMaster 13/07/2015

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