Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll,Horse Lords create an ecstatic forward thrust driven by dueling polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. The Baltimore quartet, consisting of saxophonist/percussionist Andrew Bernstein, bassist/synthesist Max Eilbacher, guitarist Owen Gardner, and drummer Sam Haberman, employs arcane tuning systems to achieve their otherworldly harmonies, made possible by guitars refretted by Gardner. The resulting sound is at once stark and lush, tightly interwoven and threatening to fly apart, making their live performances spellbinding and utterly thrilling affairs. Their 2016 full length ‘Interventions’ on Northern Spy Records showcases this visceral approach to live performance, as well their interest in crafting studio compositions that pull apart and reassemble the constituent parts of their music into more abstract forms. ‘Interventions’ was featured on several 2016 year end “best-of” lists, including Red Bull Music Academy and The Wire magazine.
The band visited Copenhagen in 2017 with a powerful concert at Jazzhouse. Now they are ready with a brand new album and in May they return to Copenhagen to perform at ALICE!
Support will be delivered by Aarhus-based band Assegai. Assegai consists of Thomas Nørgaard (bass), Markus Sollid (saxofon), Kristian Obling (guitar), and Jesper Moeslund (drums), and together they create an odd type of instrumental rock-music, that is just as reminiscent of moorlands and oakwoods as of savannahs and deserts with plenty of rhythmic and sonic inspiration from North and East African artists.
“…hypnotic, fluid and vocal-free: rhythms and tones achieving trancelike effect through repetition and discipline.” – The Quietus
“On “Interventions,” fast, repeated riffs become collaborative acts, over drones and strong skeletal grooves that stress the upbeat, and the whole thing is held together by concentration, timing and willpower.” – New York Times