mom&pop music company recording duo An Horse has announced a full schedule of activities surrounding the upcoming release of its eagerly anticipated debut album. “REARRANGE BEDS” arrives in stores on March 17th.
Currently in midst of a major North American tour, the Brisbane, Australia-based duo will make their national television debut with a performance on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, slated for this Wednesday, March 11th.
An Horse is set to make a number of showcase appearances at the upcoming South By Southwest (SXSW) extravaganza in Austin, Texas, including a March 18th performance at Maggie Mae’s alongside Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin, who helped A&R “REARRANGE BEDS” after falling in thrall to the duo’s music while on tour in Australia. An Horse will follow its busy SXSW itinerary with a pair of further tours, beginning with a series of co-headlining dates with Wintersleep, set to kick off on March 24th at Los Angeles’ Echoplex. Next up is a run of April dates alongside The Appleseed Cast, starting April 9th at Nashville’s The End.
“REARRANGE BEDS” has already begun receiving extensive critical acclamation. In its three-and-a-half starred rave, Rolling Stone hailed the collection as a “killer breakup album,” praising its “fuzzed-out riffs, hummable hooks and snarling beats” for “(recalling) the best of Nineties alt-rock.” “Their neurotic songs wallop like a small-scale Nirvana,” declared Marie Claire, while Spin commended the “clever and efficient” duo for “(churning) up a poignant fervor.”
Vocalist/guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox came together as An Horse while working in a Brisbane basement which housed one of Australia’s few remaining independent record stores. Though the shop proved short-lived, Cooper and Cox began writing songs and performing live, earning acclaim across Australia for their exuberant and unsettling indie rock. An Horse presented its first batch of recordings to Sara Quin after a Tegan and Sara show in Brisbane and Quin liked what she heard enough to invite the duo to support on Tegan and Sara’s 2008 US tour.
“Kate’s lyrics about love, relationships and the tendency to fixate on disabling neurosis in oneself have become my mission statement,” says Quin. “I get goose bumps, electrical currents running up my arms listening to them – I love this band.”
Upon the trek’s conclusion, Quin introduced An Horse to Michael Goldstone, who had recently launched mom&pop music company with the renowned artist management firm, Q Prime. Goldstone liked what he heard and soon thereafter An Horse became one of the new label’s premier signings.
An Horse recorded “REARRANGE BEDS” with ARIA Award-winning producer Magoo (Midnight Oil, Gerling, Regurgitator) at Applewood, a converted church situated on 10 acres of Australian bushland 45 minutes west of Brisbane. The album was then mixed in Vancouver by producer/engineer Howard Redekopp, known for his work with such artists as Tegan and Sara, A.C. Newman, and The New Pornographers.
“REARRANGE BEDS” sees An Horse exploring the myriad of nooks and crannies of relationships through Cooper’s personal and provocative lyrical perspective. From the hypnotic “Little Little Little” to the distorted guitar and driving beat of staccato “Postcards,” the album masterfully captures the elation and anxieties of modern love, all with an underlying sense of hope and resolve.
An Horse has also earned a reputation as a truly stellar live outfit. The duo recently joined forces with Death Cab For Cutie for a series of Australian tour dates after Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard proclaimed “they’d only come to Australia if they could play with An Horse.”
AN HORSE – On Tour 2009
3/24-27 w/ Wintersleep
4/9-25 w/ The Appleseed Cast
12 Guelph, ONT University of Guelph
13 Toronto, ONT Canadian Music Week – Tranzac
15 Chicago, IL The Abbey
16 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
18 Austin, TX SXSW – Maggie Mae’s (mindnight)
19 Austin, TX SXSW – Friends on 6th (1:30pm)
19 Austin, TX SXSW – Red River (4:30pm)
21 Austin, TX SXSW – Emo’s JR. (9:00pm)
24 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
25 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
26 Portland, OR Lola’s
27 Seattle, WA The Vera Project
9 Nashville, TN The End
10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
11 Orlando, FL Back Booth
12 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
13 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
14 Washington, DC DC9
17 Poughkeepsie, NY The Polish Club
18 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge (7:00 PM)
18 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge (10:00 PM)
19 Hamden, CT The Space
20 Boston, MA Middle East
22 Mt. Pleasant, MI Rubbles
24 Columbia, MO Mojos
25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar