The Horse Darkly

The Horse Darkly

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My name is Regret. I have traveled a distance farther than you can know. J walks beside me in the night and the day, providing the shadow and the light. There is much left unsaid, but we will find these things and tell you, all. And everywhere, the horse darkly follows...

Biography

The Horse Darkly have arrived out of nowhere with one of the most impressive debut albums of the last decade. It’s hard to pinpoint influences, but there’s a haunting lyrical style, the sonic backdrop is layered with guitar, sparse piano parts and twisted strings. It borders on symphonic – except it’s rockier - there’s a groove and an intensity that are hard to put your finger on. Ambient rock that stretches the walls and scratches the edges to lurk, and lure.

The Horse Darkly is comprised of lead vocalist Regret and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Jason Millhouse. Two new additions (Rachel Mac and Marty Smith) to the live lineup create a duality of the sexes and a wired energy that’s hard to resist. New bands tend to begin the set with most of the crowd shuffling at the rear of the venue, bar close to hand. By the time THD punch into the final chorus of the opening song, the bodies have drifted forward. It’s not long before the space is at the back of the room - and the way these guys are going – soon there wont be any spaces left at all.

The ambiguously titled album - ‘THD’ - was crafted in the sanctuary of their home studio. Hardly a laptop in the basement, Organic Audio is a veritable Bat Cave of aural delights. But Regret and Jason don’t stop with the music. The pair are also committed to the visual medium… For their debut music video, ‘Getaway Car’, they borrowed a car, self-produced the storyboard and set about creating their own film noir. Brisbane is the backdrop, but it’s a Brisbane you’ve rarely seen before.

Their next clip – now on youtube and soon to reach the airwaves, reflects the seemingly constant substitution of sex for the sake of celebrity. The song itself, ‘Lava’ (much like the band) is a juxtaposition. The tenderness and vulnerability of the song belies the phallic connotations in the lyric. “Are you happy now, I’m going down?”

When asked to describe the motivation behind the song, Regret explains - “The clips topping the charts right now are a serious step in the wrong direction – women aren’t people anymore – they’re objects. Which is fine if you’re a sex worker… but young girls are watching these shows and thinking that this is who they have to become to be accepted. Talent, art, intelligence - not enough.”

“I’m not a stripper,” she adds. “I don’t writhe.”

Already The Horse Darkly are turning heads and pricking up ears. There’s a subtle wave of expectation among peers and their ever-growing legion of fans as the music gets into Ipods’ and on the airwaves. With national touring, more videos and a pretty stunning album in their arsenal, The Horse Darkly are headed for something strange and unusual.

A provocative, occasionally violent alt. rock style tempered by haunting vocals – THD manages to appeal to almost anyone, from the angst-loving die hards to the rock and pop purists… and no one seems pissed off.

Lyrics

Shop Girl

Written By: Shelley Evans

I somehow fell to the floor like a dress
that I wore when I was seven at Easter mass
and I’m just as much to blame for all this mess
It’s not me, it’s not me, it’s not me, it’s not me

I got a taste for it and now I’m reaping
but a name in lights is well worth repeating
by the back door, in the lamplight,
where those other girls are
That’s not me, that’s not me, that’s not me, that’s not me

I can be, anything you need
I’m just your one stop shop girl
I can be, everything you need
I’m just your little slut girl

Just sign here on the dotted line
it’s not your soul – well at least not all of it
you should be grateful for what we’re offering
It’s me, god it’s me, god it’s me, god it’s me!

I can’t even remember my name
might be the lights, might be the cocaine
But overnight when all is said and done
It was me, it was me, it was me, it was me.

I can be, anything you need
I’m just your one stop shop girl
I can be, everything you need
I’m just your little slut girl

Getaway Car

Written By: Evans / Millhouse

Throwing stones across the sand
and skipping on a wire
With a beat in your heart
that isn’t like anything I’ve heard before

It’s just another plan
that maybe didn’t go so well
now we’re running to the wind
with our backs against the wall

In a Getaway Car

So just close your eyes
and hold on tight
cause you know and I know
this is gonna hurt like hell
Just close your eyes…

I can only see a white line
that never seems to end
and a flash in the night
that’s following our every move

Caught in a crossfire
down the barrel of a gun
with our hands behind our backs
and nothing left but us to lose

In a Getaway Car

So just close your eyes
and hold on tight
cause you know and I know
this is gonna hurt like hell
Just close your eyes…
Yeah just close your eyes
and hold on tight
cause you know and I know
this is gonna hurt like hell
Just close your eyes…

In a Getaway Car
a Getaway Car
In a Getaway Car

Discography

THD - The Horse Darkly
15 Track Album 2009

Set List

Getaway Car
Saving Grace
Hard Heart
Wise Up
Shop Girl
Plastic Turtles
Winter
Lava
After the Quiet
Fumble
Luka (Suzanne Vega)
Moment
Three Down
Undertow