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"Review of Kisschasy / Horsell Common / Degrees K - Annandale Hotel 23/09/05"

Horsell Common blasted on stage with a plethora of new and older songs. The crowd relating well to material of their latest EP, but some of the older stuff didnt strike a similar chord. They pumped out a tight, solid set and were by far the best sounding band tonight. The bass player had the best guitar theatrics I've seen in quite a while.

by James Dawson - Drum Media 4th October (772)

"The Gaelic Theatre - Sydney 11/6/05 w/ Something With Numbers, The Matches, MC Lars, Horsell Common, Angelas Dish."

Horsell Common's early set was a highlight this evening - the band was full of energy and had no problems dominating the Gaelic Theatre's sizeable stage. They were a firm crowd favourite, too - I'm sure the Horsell boys got a kick out of seeing so many people sing along to their recent material.

Dan Stapleton. - Drum Media

"LALOB Review"

For a hardcore rock band, Horsell Common's EP Lost a Lot of Blood is surprisingly easy to listen to. This may be in part due to their longevity as a band. Forming in early 2002, Horsell Common have been kicking up a storm in the rock circuit for some time now.

Years of experience has resulted in a polished offering which bares some resonance to early Grinspoon. The opening song, The Disaster is a solid rock song complete with angular guitars and some throat shredding vocals.

Tracks like The Modern Shame and Lookaway see the boys show their quiet side. This is effective, particularly on Lookaway, a mellow song which could even be somewhat radio friendly. What it demonstrates above all is Horsell Common's refusal to be categorised, resulting in an EP which is both enjoyable and impressive.

Mitchell. -

"LALOB Review"


Horsell Common are a vibrant hard rock band with powerful, edgy guitarwork and intense vocals. "Lost A Lot Of Blood" is the follow up to "A Who's Who Road Of Living", and a series of EPs and singles which have sold extremely well. That's not really much of a surprise, considering the passion and energy of their riff-heavy rock.

"Lost A Lot Of Blood" contains five songs full of subtle melody, and a strangely contrasting vocal pattern that is at times smooth, then suddenly blunt and strained. This works well, however, as four of the five tracks here follow a fairly simple pattern with the other, "Look Away" introducing an acoustic element at track four. Thankfully, HC never swing into the pop-rock category that so many bands tend to do these days.

"Dean Youngblood" is my favourite track of the EP, featuring fleeting bursts of screaming which offer a welcome dimension to the Horsell Common sound. It's hard to peg Horsell Common - nor find a band to compare them to - but they are basically a young rock band that is fairly pleasing to the ear, and by the sound of it, still searching to find a style to truly call their own.

Review By Grant. -

"LALOB Review"

Produced by DW Norton (Ex Superheist and current Walk The Earth guitarist), this five track EP from the Melbourne based trio is a little beauty. It's got everything your little melody lovin' heart strings could ask for. It's got highs, lows and everything in between. The in between is an acoustic track, Look Away which will have you off in a dream world before you can say unplugged. Fans of their 2003 EP, A Who's Who Road Of Living should expect something with a bit more of a bite. But it's sure to be something you'll be glad you sunk your teeth into.

MAR GARVEY - Blunt Magazine - May 2005

"LALOB Review"

Horsell Common are a bit of an anomaly in the current punk and hardcore scene. There are plenty of bands out there with the right attitude, enough talent, and the smarts to go where they need to be. Horsell Common have one up on the rest of the pack - their music comes across as a lot more genuine. On Lost A Lot of Blood there is no striving towards a particular sound or genre, just a genuine passion that, thanks to producer D.W. Norton, is carried along each track the way you would expect it delivered live.

Its hard to pinpoint exactly what the band sound like as each track varies in sound, from the heavy rock influences on Sentenced, to a slice of guitar driven pop with Lookaway, and traces of modern hardcore in Dean Youngblood. Opening track The Disaster bears likeness to Blueline Medic vocally and melody wise, but with a harder edge. Like Blueline Medic, Horsell Common seem to convey a sense of desperation in the delivery of their music without sounding overly strained. The sound comes across as almost effortless, but not simple. Most importantly each track has its own identity.

The instrumentation is admirable from the three piece, with layered heavy guitars spiralling into tense breakdowns, backed by intermittent machine-gun drumming, and a rhythm section that occasionally belies the heavy direction of the music. The vocals are sometimes pained, seldom sweet and frequently impassioned, and particularly stand out on This Modern Shame.

Lost A Lot of Blood has a definite direction musically, and while it strives to put across a lot in only five tracks, it still manages to leave you satisfied. Horsell Common have delivered an outstanding release that should set the band up for greater national recognition, and hopefully will lead to recording of an album in the near future.

Josie9 - FASTERLOUDER.COM.AU April 20th

"LALOB Review"

Although having been doing the rounds for a little over four years, Melbourne based act Horsell Common have yet to become a name most will recognise. Add to the fact the band's long list of compilation appearances to their name and support slots to international acts such as A.F.I, Strike Anywhere, Boy Sets Fire, The Ataris and Sommerset, things really haven't quite taken off yet. But that will soon change.

Following on from the release of their debut EP. 'A Who's Who Road Of Living' from 2002, the trio return with their latest effort 'Lost A Lot Of Blood', and their first for Sydney based label Set Fire To My Home Records. A lot has changed sound wise for the hard rock trio since their debut, and much for the better too.

The opening number The Disaster drives along with an emphasis on the powerful guitar sound and Leigh Pengellys underpinning drums, but it's Mark Stewarts vocals that steer the primary direction of the melodies, and gives the song it's defining shape. If the opener fails to hook listeners, then Sentenced and This Modern Shame most certainly will. Once again, the band utilise a simplistic approach to chord structures, but it's the heavy approach of the music and the distinctive character of the vocal melodies that provide the magic within Horsell Common's individualistic style.

Another highlight and change of pace comes in the acoustic Lookaway, with the midpaced Dean Youngblood bringing the impressive EP to a rousing close. While their sound is a little harder to pinpoint style-wise (it's loud and heavy, yet melodic and rocking), one thing is obvious: Horsell Common's improvement is clearly evident here, and any success resulting from this release is worthy of the effort the band has obviously put in.

Justin Donnelly. - Beat Magazing - April 20th

"LALOB Review"


These guys have come a long way in a relatively short time, play this against their last EP and youd be lucky to recognise it as even them. They make a fucking lot of noise for a 3 piece, bolstered by the always massive DW Norton production these guys really lift the bar in the whole 'kick in the guts' dynamic rock style genre. From the interesting sounds of 'The Disaster', (if you don't like it the first time, you will the 3rd or 4th), why is it interesting? I really don't know, maybe it's the structure, or maybe it's just the way it draws you in, it's definatly a very solid stand out track that grabs your attention. 'Sentenced' keeps up the power, the vocals really sound great on this one, unique. 'Look Away' pulls everything back ten notches, but doesn't at all seem to be out of place, a really well written basic song. This is certainly one of the stronger local releases of the year so far, it's got 'big' all over the sound, well written, uniquely sounding and compelling tracks, good artwork, the complete package you could say. If they keep this form up, a full length should be a corker. Highlights : 'The Disaster', 'Look Away'

By Bomber -

"The Annandale Hotel - 27/10/05. Horsell Common / The Reason / Wnters Underground."

As soon as Horsell Common erupted front and center, the audience knew they were in for 45 minutes of furious rock blended hardcore not for the faint hearted. Anyone trying to keep up with bass player Luke Cripps and his shredding of most of the Annandale stage would be a brave punter indeed. As well as pleasing the singing fans in the front rows with some old favorites, it was hard to go past 'Sentenced' and 'The Disaster', the latter being one of the stand out performances in this set.

If you have any doubts Australian rock/hardcore music cannot compete with their international counterparts, think again. Horsell Common deliver a bevy of heart felt, rousing songs made only better by the fact they are a well-oiled professional unit with not a musical hiccup in sight (or sound). Vocalist Mark Stewart the high register without the hint of vocal strain, flanked by Mr. Cripps background growls. Any punter who believes they didn't get value for money tonight just isn't worth pleasing. This launch delivered a smorgasbord of musical delights for the price of an entree.

Robyn Anson. - Drum Media - Nov 2005


A Who’s Who Road Of Living - EP - 2003
Order 7 inch Vinyl - 2004
Lost A Lot OF Blood - EP - 2005
The Disaster (LALOB) - Stream on
Sentenced (LALOB) - Stream on


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2005 has been a fast paced year for Melbourne's young 3 piece Horsell Common. Coming from relative obscurity, they released their debut EP "Lost a Lot of Blood" in April to an overwhelming response. In July they were voted Number One Release so far this year on Triple J's 'Short Fast Loud', and with healthy support from radio and TV for their single "The Disaster" the band has gone from strength to strength. Their current national tour with Kisschasy has put Horsell Common in the national spotlight as one of the leader's in a growing movement of punk influenced rock bands moving up in the Australian Music Industry.