Oh this train is rollin' alright. Back in August, LA Weekly's Drew Tewksbury spent a hard-rock morning with L.A.'s Night Horse.
This is the band at 11 a.m. on a Saturday:
"[Guitarist Justin] Maranga... strokes his long, reddish beard once, straps on his guitar and rips into the strings. [...] Singer Sam James Velde... shakes his hair and lifts one hand to the rafters while the other clutches the mic stand. [...] They rip through the Allman Brothers-tinged dual guitar lines and growling bass... the rowdy, roadhouse blues."
Simply put, Night Horse lives it.
Hollow Sunset Strip reiteration they are not. These boys make Southern-tinged, axe-grinding blooze-rock of the highest order, and their sophomore album, Perdition Hymns, is out August 3 on Tee Pee Records.
The album was recorded at Infrasonic Sound in Lincoln Heights, and produced by Matt Bayles, whose previous credits include heavy-hitters like Mastodon and ISIS.
Said Velde in a prepared statement: "Everyone was so focused and enthusiastic. The songs just came to us so quickly. We'd start with a riff, then POW it was on!"
Pow indeed. The West Coast Sound debut "Rollin' On" displays the Horse at its classic rock best. The track will appear on a forthcoming free EP -- somewhat ironically titled Sympathy Ain't Free, available through the band's site come June 15 -- as well as on the full-length.
DOWNLOAD: Night Horse - "Rollin' On" [MP3]
The track-listing for Perdition Hymns:
01. "Confess to Me"
02. "Angel Eyes"
03. "Rollin' On"
04. "Good Bye Gone"
05. "Black Clouds"
06. "Come Down Halo"
07. "Blizzard of Oblivion"
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08. "Hard to Bear"
09. "Shake Your Blues"
10. "Choose Your Side"
11. "Same Old Blues"