By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
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By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Eckert likes instrumental music. "I'm not a vocalist by choice. I like to sing, but I wouldn't die tomorrow if I stopped. I do the best I can with what I've got."
So how come these young dudes resonate with the '70s? Jergensen had a special head start: "I grew up with a rock dad, who had walls of records. He blasted it every day."
Soon Jergensen's friends discovered they liked to blast the same kind of shit. Today's lineup of Drunk Horse dates back four years, and their interpersonal ease has roots: Eckert, Jergensen and Niles all went to the same grade school.
Eckert gets a little misty as he fondly recounts to Jergensen the circumstances of first beholding him as a youth. Jergensen had spat in class, a teacher had assigned punishment, and that's how Eckert found him: "Holding the spit glass. You had to spit in a glass until it was full. I walked by the library, and I saw you sittin' there, just lookin' at it."
THE GLASS IS HALF FULL. DRUNK HORSE HAVE NOT made a CD lately, because their label, Man's Ruin, went bust. Still, they keep playing. It's fun. And they get to hear a lot of good music -- for instance, their friends and Spaceland billmates this January night, North Carolina's the Cherry Valence, who've just finished a high-voltage, R&B-tinged set, switching instruments, switching lead vocals, tearing it up.
"Their show is the music," says Eckert. "It's them being really into what they're doing, it's not, like, costumes and funny hats and makeup." Valence is "the kind of thing that excited people originally about rock & roll, and that's been so beaten down by the corporate rock world that it's basically lost most of its life. People complain, you know, 'What happened to all the really great rock bands?' They're around. Tons of 'em. You just gotta look for 'em."
Drunk Horse play Spaceland on Saturday, May 18, and the Smell on Sunday, May 19, both nights with the Fucking Champs. Their Web site iswww.drunkhorse.com.