Dead Horse One release new EP, ‘When Love Runs Dry’
French post-grunge psych-rock shoegaze awesomeness… saddle up!
French psych-rock/ shoegaze band, Dead Horse One, return after three outstanding albums with their latest delivery of post-grunge psych-rock, ‘When Love Runs Dry’. Their five track EP, released 18th March, opens with Core, loaded with super heavy guitar riffs, shimmering vocals, gritty bass lines and lethal drums. A theme which continues into the second and third tracks, Static King and Nevermore before closing with the more subdued and melancholic Mentally Homeless and a stripped back piano & acoustic guitar version of Static King. Brendan Williams (Soul Blind, Warm) is credited for producing ‘When Love Runs Dry’, bringing a bit of the Hudson Valley’s HxC sound in this dreamy landscape.
The band formed in the Southern French city of Valence in 2011, and combine a heavy two-guitar shoegaze attack with lush psych-tinged dream pop textures and compelling melodies. Following a scattering of smaller releases, they established themselves around Europe in the middle part of the 2010s, issuing a pair of well-received albums and playing with like-minded forebears like NOTHING, Ride and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The group’s third album, The West Is the Best, appeared at the end of 2019.
Taking influence from bands like Swervedriver, Ride, and the Telescopes, they developed a melodic mix of shoegaze, droning noise pop, and gentle psychedelia that could be heard on their eponymous debut EP and the Heavenly Choir of Jet Engines EP, both of which arrived in 2012. For their full-length debut, Dead Horse One hired Ride frontman Mark Gardener to produce, and the resulting album, Without Love We Perish, arrived on the Dead Bees label in 2014. The next few years saw the band establish themselves on the European touring circuit. Signing with Requiem Pour un Twister, they recorded their follow-up album, 2017’s Season of Mist, with producer John Loring of the California band Fleeting Joys. Loring, along with his wife and bandmate, Rorika Loring, also came aboard for Dead Horse One’s third LP, The West Is the Best, in 2019