NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY: Horse Party
Bury St Edmund's finest, Horse Party, are a force to be reckoned with: garage rock, DIY ethics and a catchy hook or two - we may have found your new favourite band....
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: "I'm not sure if they're yours, but Horse Party are certainly my new favourite band... I've been listening to their new record 'Cover Your Eyes' an obscene amount; seriously it's getting embarrassing. A bit of background to clue you in: Horse Party are a three piece band from Bury St Edmunds (rock city, apparently), and are made up of Ellie Langley, Seymour Quigley and Shannon Hope. Each member has a vibrant past in music: Seymour has previously made loud noises as part of Ten City Nation and Miss Black America, Shannon was one half of Glory Glory and currently plays in Rats as Big as Dogs as well as having her own solo work, and Ellie was in Blue Gandhi. It's certainly easy to hear that they are all accomplished musicians through their song-writing and inventive playing. Horse Party blend the laid back garage rock of the White Stripes with the poppy glow of Fleetwood Mac, with a little bit of Mission of Burma's post-punk edge mixed in for good measure. Seymour and Ellie are both vocally adroit and their voices marry together perfectly creating harmonies that create the perfect gloss finish on their enjoyably rough rock and roll sound. Seriously, listen to them - you can sample the latest track at the bottom of this article and keep your eyes peeled for our forthcoming interview with them."
Coming on like Fleetwood Mac covering dEUS via Fugazi and early Verve, Horse Party got together after a night spent drinking in a church. Ellie Langley, Seymour Quigley and Shannon Hope were united in a love of Bjork, Savages, Daughter and terrible movies. When the band’s first song ‘Clarion Call’, appeared on Soundcloud in January 2013 it received widespread airplay and scored the band plenty of bookings. Over the next year they played 50+ gigs with support slots including Tunng, Pinkunoizu, London Grammar, Shonen Knife, Heartless Bastards, Ghostpoet, The Nightingales, Vuvuvultures and Dingus Khan. Among all this, a particular highlight from their first year as a band was a live broadcast via BBC Introducing from the new John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. The band also collaborated with singer Jaq Gallier at a special Elliott Smith Tribute at London's Brixton Windmill. After further releases including the single ‘Back to Mono’ and a live EP ‘Scarlet & Blue’, the band signed to UK independent label Integrity (Reuben, Miniature Dinosaurs, Valentiine) in October. The release of single 'What Do You Need' in November (played on air by Absolute Radio and John Kennedy at XFM), rounded off their busy 2013. Horse Party are a band who have naturally tapped into music’s power to stir a stagnant mentality – as such their album is a harmony of raw, lo-fi expression and liberating rock-your-cares-away hooks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0htiX94MQ Horse Party's debut album 'Open Your Eyes' is available to download from iTunes and Amazon. CD Digipak with 16-page full colour booklet coming Monday 12th May via Integrity Records
www.facebook.com/horsepartyparty Horse Party will be playing the following shows in support of the album:
Saturday 3rd May -
Bury St Edmunds, Fringe Festival
(The Hunter Club) Thursday 29th May -
Ipswich, Pulse Festival (Wolsey Theatre) Saturday 7th June -
Cambridge, Strawberry Fair (Rebel Arts Stage) Saturday 5th July -
Diss, WoW Festival (Main Stage) Sunday 13th July -
Stowmarket, Gig in the Garden (Main Stage) 18th-20th July (day tbc) -
Southwold, Latitude Festival (Lake Stage) Saturday 23rd August -
Bury St Edmunds, Homegrown Festival (Main Stage)