An Horse are back with a new song, tours with Front Bottoms & Camp Cope
Australian indie rock duo An Horse have been pretty quiet since the release of their 2011 sophomore album Walls. They've mostly been on hiatus since 2013 (save for one New Year's hometown show in December 2015), and drummer Damon Cox stayed busy with other projects including Kevin Devine's Instigator album and playing with Tancred. Now they're finally set to return to the stage this month, opening for The Front Bottoms in the U.S., followed by three Canadian shows with fellow Australian band Camp Cope.
The band's first show back is Clifton Park, NY's Upstate Concert Hall on Tuesday (5/22) with The Front Bottoms (tickets), and An Horse will return to the Northeast for two headlining shows this summer: Philly's Johnny Brenda's on July 18 and Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on July 19. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
An Horse have also written and recorded their first new song since Walls, "Get Out Somehow," which premieres in this post. The band said that part of what prompted them to go on hiatus was "pressure from industry forces to move in a direction with their music that didn't feel natural and made them uncomfortable," and while they haven't said what that direction would have been, fans will probably be pleased to hear that they stuck to their guns and made "Get Out Somehow." It's driving, super catchy indie rock that brings back memories of An Horse's longtime associates Tegan & Sara circa The Con/Sainthood. It's great stuff, as you can hear for yourself below. Here's what vocalist/guitarist Kate Cooper tells us about it:
This song is about me growing beyond the place I grew up in. I have this soft spot for it in my heart but every time I go home I feel like such an alien. It's a nostalgic feeling that mingles with the unease of moving beyond this notion of "home" and not being entirely sure where I belong. Damon and I talk about this dislocating feeling a lot. He is in NYC and I am Montreal. We moved to the opposite side of the earth. It's going to spin anyone out!
Kate also shed more light on the band's hiatus, explaining that it was also due in part to her dad falling ill:
I didn't really touch my guitars for a long while because I didn't want to write songs about death and dying and illness. Certainly didn't make me want to tour because it amplified my 'awayness' from people I cared for. So I kind of shut down for a couple years. Needed Dad to pass before I could move forward and in turn write more hopeful songs.
An Horse -- 2018 Tour Dates
TUE 22 MAY Clifton Park NY – Upstate Concert Hall*
WED 23 MAY Baltimore MD – Baltimore Soundstage*
FRI 25 MAY Asheville NC – The Orange Peel*
SAT 26 MAY Athens GA – Georgia Theatre*
SUN 27 MAY Orlando FL – Will’s Pub
TUE 29 MAY New Orleans LA – House Of Blues*
WED 30 MAY Birmingham AL – Saturn*
THU 31 MAY Nashville TN – Cannery Ballroom*
FRI 1 JUN Columbus OH – Big Room Bar
SAT 2 JUN Chicago IL – Schubas
MON 4 JUN Millvale PA – Mr Smalls Theatre*
TUE 5 JUN Fort Wayne IN – The Clyde Theatre*
THU 7 JUN Grand Rapids MI – 20 Monroe Live*
FRI 8 JUN Montreal QC – Bar Le Ritz#
SAT 9 JUN Ottawa ON – The 27 Club#
SUN 10 JUN Toronto ON – Hard Luck Bar#
WED 18 JUL Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda's
THU 19 JUL Brooklyn NY – Baby's All Right
* w/ The Front Bottoms
# w/ Camp Cope