An Horse, a duo from down under, produces jaunty pop tunes that have garnered them slots opening for Tegan & Sara, Death Cab for Cutie, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant. Kate Cooper and Damon Cox met (fittingly) working at a Brisbane record store and now on their sophomore effort, Walls, the pair channel their experiences on tour into a true musical partnership.
An Horse reminds me of a watered down Mates of State without the extra power pop element. The closest they get is on “Trains and Tracks” which couples motoring guitar licks with a heavy tempo of snares. Kate’s vocals are reminiscent of her mentors’ Tegan & Sara. Even the song composition is similar, as producer Howard Redekopp has worked with T&S before.
The opening track, “Dressed Sharply” is a fizzy, shimmery memory of the early 90’s. An Horse throws in an acoustic gem with “Windows in the City”, which stands out amongst the lite pop punk. Walls largely comprises of easy to listen to hazy pop that is destined to score the latest MTV reality series.
For An Horse fans, Walls is available for $5 on Amazon until the end of July.
Know This, We’ve Noticed
Trains and Tracks
Brain on a Table
Windows in the City
Swallow the Sea
8.06 – Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
9.16 – Austin, TX / Austin City Limits
9.18 – St. Louis, MO / The Old Rock House
9.20 – Akron, OH / Musica
9.21 – Bloomington, IN / The Bishop
9.22 – Chicago, IL / Beat Kitchen
9.23 – Iowa City, IA / The Mill
9.24 – Lawrence, KS / Jackpot Music Hall
9.26 – Denver, CO / Hi-Dive
9.27 – Salt Lake City, UT / Kilby Court
9.28 – Boise, ID / Neurolux
9.30 – Seattle, WA / El Corazon Lounge
10. 01 – Portland, OR / Bunk Bar
10. 03 – Oakland, CA / The New Parish
10.04 – San Luis Obispo, CA / SLO Brewing Company
10.15 – Jacksonville, FL / Underbelly