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Night Horse – The Dark Won’t Hide You

July 18, 2009

Label: Tee Pee Records
Rating: 3 Guns

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Night Horse

Written By: Matthew Chernus

You hear about it all of the time: a bunch of dudes meet and bond over a mutual love for bands like Aerosmith and Thin Lizzy. A case of beer later they decide to start not just a band but the greatest rock band there ever was. Of course that is a lofty goal that is never realized but the world has received a lot of above average copy cat bands through this three decade old rite of passage. Night Horse is one of a long list of the aftermath of said passage (count the Answer and Buckcherry among the more notable), carrying on a dusty tradition of solos, bellbottoms and partying.

Sam James Velde stands tall as an old-school rock front man. With no guitar weighing him down Velde is free to prance around like his heroes while trying to emulate everything from Zeppelin to Dangerous Toys. He has the goods too if you still like your rock reeking of 1991; sounding raw, destitute and in heat he summons the best of what is largely a forgotten era in rock.

‘Shine on me’ is a serious rocker. Night Horse sound like a straight forward, no apologies Jackyl cover band… and it sounds all sorts of alright. It’s obvious that this is nothing new (in fact it’s hilariously dated) but that takes nothing away from this booze soaked gem. It rattles and bruises its way into your heart; full of the swagger and black eyes of the first bar band you ever caught wind of.

‘Worried Life Blues’ is a half hearted attempt at a blues session; it ends up going nowhere leaving you wonder why you paid the cover at the door. It’s lost among the arena rock brawlers that make up the rest of this record but it’s not without its own charm. What raucous hair metal band didn’t try their hands at blues rock with their own horrible and embarrassing results?

Night Horse is a surprise within a disappointment. These guys can probably party circles around most bands, they have their hearts and influences in the right place but it sounds dated and not in the traditional stoner rock, Black Sabbath biter sort of way. The world is full of well done Sabbath clones but if it’s southern boogie rock you want it is best to stick to the first Jackyl record.

Like Night Horse? Then you may also like: The Brought Low, The Dexateens, The Four Horsemen, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Night Horse Announce Tour Dates in Support of 7" Single Series, Premier New MP3 "Choose Your Side"

July 16, 2009

Download This! – “Choose Your Side

Night Horse have announced a string of tour dates in support of the release of three split seven inch singles being released this summer. The band has also been confirmed for the main stage at The Sunset Junction Festival in Los Angeles on August 23rd.

Night Horse’s critically acclaimed debut The Dark Wont Hide You is available for press/radio download at the link below:

“If Sonic Youth had been immersed in an ocean of Allman Brothers inspiration, or Soundgarden had been steeped in late 60s Fleetwood Mac, then they might have turned out something like this. Night Horse take traditional blues-rock, spark it up with riotously noisy flashes and drag the rhythms through an early-90s grunge experience. Moreover, they’re cohesive, charismatic and compelling.” – Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock Magazine

“Definitely full-blown denim-wearing ’70s-loving freaks who get groovy and fuzzed out in the spirit of Humble Pie and (old) Alice Cooper, Night Horse sometimes gallop right into the ’80s with a certain grunge ferocity…” – Decibel Magazine

Tradition lies deep in the music of Los Angeles rock and roll group NIGHT HORSE, which features members of dirge soundscapists Ancestors and the vocal styling of Sam James Velde, formerly of explorative and adventurous rockers Bluebird. NIGHT HORSE bring a saddle bag full of heavy, raw and riffed-out blues-tinged rock steeped in the likes of John Lee Hooker, Taste, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers Band without a retro stitch. NIGHT HORSE rein in the past with a firm heel in the present, galloping next to such like-minded contemporaries as Harvey Milk, Down and Priestess. Delivering heavy testimonials harnessed with a twin lead guitar assault, NIGHT HORSE join hands with these brothers in arms.

Night Horse / Dirty Sweet split 7″ (released July 7th)
Side A: Night Horse – Good Bye Gone (available for download at Brooklyn Vegan)
Side B: Dirty Sweet – Marionette

Night Horse / High Saints Split 7″ (release date August 4th)
Side A: Night Horse – Choose Your Side
Side B: The High Saints – Black Days

Night Horse / Sea Of Air Split 7″ (release date September 15th)
Side A: Night Horse – Come Down Halo
Side B: Sea Of Air – Holy Roller


7/18 – Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
7/19 – Bar Pink – San Diego, CA*
8/13 – Piano’s – New York, NY**
8/14 – Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI***
8/15 – Hexagon – Baltimore, MD^
8/16 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY^^
8/23 – Sunset Junction – Los Angeles, CA^^^
* with Graveyard
** with TK Webb and The Visions, Barracks
***w/ Doomriders, Javelina
^w/ Caverns
^^ w/ Orphan, Tournament
^^^ w/ Built To Spill, Fool’s Gold, Sonics

Night Horse Unveil New Song, Announce Split 7" Series On Tee Pee Records

June 25, 2009


Fresh off the heels of their critically acclaimed EP “The Dark Won’t Hide You” Night Horse return with another heavy helping of rockin’ blues n’ roll by the name of “Good Bye Gone” The A side to a split single with like minded roots rockers from San Diego Dirty Sweet. The 1st of 3 split singles Night Horse have planned for this summer on Tee Pee Records.

Night Horse do what they do best, bringing full throated, dual guitar driven jams to induce your “bangover!” “Good Bye Gone” conjures thoughts of Cactus, Mountain and the swagger of Steve Marriott’s Humble Pie, baked in the Los Angeles sun.

5 piece barnbuners, Dirty Sweet return the favor with the finessed jam Marionette This sonic insurgent tune evokes the spirit of The Band, Badfinger and The Faces. Recently taking Best Rock”honors at the San Diego Music Awards for the second straight year, Dirty Sweet are the perfect fit here.

Night Horse / Dirty Sweet split 7″
Side A: Night Horse – Good Bye Gone
Side B: Dirty Sweet – Marionette

Upcoming Night Horse Tour Dates:
7/04 – The Nomad Gallery – Los Angeles, CA w/ Radio Moscow, Ancestors and more
7/10 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Dirty Sweet
7/18 – Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA w/ Graveyard
7/19 – Bar Pink – San Diego, CA w/Graveyard
8/13 – Pianos – New York, NY w/ Barracks + TK Webb and The Visions
8/16 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Oprhan + Tournament