Tee Pee Tuesday: Night Horse
Today’s FREE gem, is a new song from one of LA’s hottest hard rock bands. Interview: Malcolm Dome. Click here for previous Tracks Of The Day.
Night Horse could have easily been the sort of band you never see. Or at least that was true for first few years of the Los Angeles band’s existence, as they struggled to find a suitable vocalist.
“We’d just rehearse,” says guitarist Justin Maranga. “We used to ask everyone we met if they knew a good singer. But the right guy never came along.”
However, at the start of 2008 luck finally arrived. Enter vocalist Sam James Velde, previously with experimental band Bluebird, and the missing piece that the band had been looking for.
“It was Tony Presedo, Tee Pee Records’ owner, who suggested Sam,” Maranga continues. “Both Brandon [Pierce, drums] and I are also in a band called Ancestors who are signed to the label, and he claimed Sam was a total asshole – perfect for us.”
The arrival of Velde finally completed the Night Horse line-up (which also includes guitarist Greg Buensuceso and bassist Nonstop Nick D’Itri), and from there things moved very quickly. “I thought I was just joining some sort of party band,” Velde admits. “But it rapidly became a serious project. You know how fast everything moved? We set out to do a seven-inch single, and this became an album.”
The record in question is the impressive The Dark Won’t Hide You, which displays the band’s true roots. It’s certainly blues rock, but with an “If you put me on the spot, then I’d have to say that we take a lot of inspiration from great names like the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Canned Heat and also Sir Lord Baltimore,” says Maranga. “You can hear what we took from the Allmans in our riffs. But we give it our own twist.”
“The album’s a real mixed bag,” adds Velde. “As the line-up solidified, so did our sound. At first we didn’t have a strong enough personality. Our love for rock’n’roll is obvious; the band has real purpose and dynamic.”
Before calling themselves Night Horse, the band were known as The Mother Fucking Razorbacks. Why?
Maranga: “We bumped into Lemmy on Sunset Strip before we’d named ourselves. He decided that name was perfect. Not that we did any gigs as the Mother Fucking Razorbacks. But if Lemmy said it was cool, who are we to argue?”
Night Horse have also taken a note or two from the Johnny Rotten book of attitude, as Maranga explains.
“To me, we’re actually punks who play the blues. I love the Sex Pistols and bands like that. You see us live and that becomes clear. We’re not just prepared to be traditional.”
“I’ve a feeling the UK will love what we do!” concludes Velde. “We’re white boys wrapped up in black man’s music.”
Download Night Horse’s Good Bye Gone, a new song from a forthcoming split seven inch with Dirty Sweet out July 7th.