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""...an intense, impassioned single in the lullaby lineage""

Take a less ethereal, more realistic and world-weary Everything Everything, then squeeze it through a Thom Yorke sized hole.. This is a track which works a lot better than my description suggests it should, combining insistent drummings with the ever vogue falsetto to create an intense, impassioned single in the lullaby lineage. Lovely stuff. - The 405


""....if Everything Everything were just that little bit more earthly""

Imagine if Everything Everything were just that little bit more earthly, with the piercing falsetto cropped like a doggie’s toenails, and the weird neon dissolved into a hazy orange. That’s it – you’re imagining it! That’s the sound of Stalking Horse’s new single, and cozy it is too. - Artrocker


""...Stalking Horse not only engages with his audience, he marries them thrice over""

Luckily, Stalking Horse (Wu from This Et Al's new moniker) not only engages with his audience, he marries them thrice over. As he debuts his new material, bolstered by local talent, onlookers are enthralled by his piercing vocals and soaring tunes. - NME


""Musical nerdiness aside, the core of intelligent, literate pop songs are simply ear-catching - look no further than new single 'Waterhole' for some convincing.""

Pulse does fewer favours for Stalking Horse - both space and sound-wise - but ultimately it doesn't make much odds. The set is more than strong enough to transcend any minor worries, including a brief wrong-turn in the setlist, which is handled with good-tempered bewilderment. Like Big Deal, they have a rather distinctive take on texture, although Stalking Horse's approach is markedly more successful: in the main, it's dual drums and triple guitars (with sporadic cameo moments for mandolin, bass and keys). The result is a curious kind of stratification of registers, with a super-beefy sounding rhythmic foundation and a wired, brittle high-end which matches Wu's haunted vocals perfectly. Musical nerdiness aside, the core of intelligent, literate pop songs are simply ear-catching - look no further than new single 'Waterhole' for some convincing. It goes with out saying, too, that there's musical and technical know-how in abundance (what else can you really expect from a Leeds supergroup of this ilk?). - Leeds Music Scene


""...rapt appreciation of their arresting dreamy, dramatic rock-scapes""

First, local lads Stalking Horse draw a surprisingly large crowd who stand in rapt appreciation of their arresting dreamy, dramatic rock-scapes... - Clash


""...there’s promise aplenty – a calmer, more electronic take on the previous formula.""

Then come Stalking Horse onstage at the cavernous Leeds Met. Something of a Leeds super group if you adored Brudenell bands circa 2006-2008, they’re essentially the project of Wu, former singer for doom-laden post-punk types This Et Al. Their “super” status though is ensured with the appearance of former Grammatics frontman Owen Brinley on guitar. Although the music doesn’t quite hit the levels that combination suggests, there’s promise aplenty – a calmer, more electronic take on the previous formula. - The Fly


Discography

Monday 16th May 2011 - 'Heathen Head, Howling Heart b/w Off Auto' 7" (PURE269S - Too Pure Singles Club).

Monday 7th November 2011 - 'Waterhole b/w Broken Brain' digital/CD (ILR005 - I Like Records).

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Wu (ex-This Et Al) began work on what would become known as Stalking Horse in August 2009. Heading to the east coast of England, recording for debut album 'Specters' began in earnest in the winter of 2009/2010 with producer James Kenosha (Grammatics, Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses) at Lodge studios. Debut single 'Heathen Head, Howling Heart' was released 16th May 2011 via Too Pure Singles Club (Esben & The Witch, Pulled Apart By Horses) and the second single Waterhole was released 7th November 2011 via I Like Trains’ label – garnering praise from Artrocker, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy. Stalking Horse has performed alongside Wild Beasts, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Twilight Sad, I Like Trains and Pulled Apart By Horses – with a live band featuring members of This Et Al, Grammatics, Duels and These Monsters. Although frequently compared to Clinic, Thom Yorke, Everything Everything and Wild Beasts; Stalking Horse is undeniably an individual creature with a sound of it’s own, maintaining a sense of song writing that is neither overly self indulgent or negligent of the artists duty to be creative. Debut album 'Specters' is released in Summer 2012.