This month's Reverb Monthly profiles Seattle drone punk duo Haunted Horses, one of a handful of dark, not quite goth bands making some good moves in our city right now (along with Crypts, Grave Babies, Nightmare Fortress, King Dude, and others--Perpetual Ritual, Feral Cross, ones I don't know about probably). I liken them to Liars, for their druggy mumbles, their occasional grooves, and their bursts of noise, but they don't really hear it--and, fair enough, I have a hard time finding two single songs to put side by side that really make the case (more of an overall vibe, I guess). Anyway, enough of my dumb guessing and shoehorning, lets ask these guys--drummer/vocalist Mike Pelly, and guitarist/vocalist Colin Dawson--what are Haunted Horses listening to?
Pelly: I'm really into Tycho, Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada... really beat-driven stuff. Lately I've been listening to a lot of K-Holes, Total Control and The Dreams. It's never been a goal of ours to sound like other bands, that's the danger zone right there. Our music just ended up this way.
Colin: We definitely love Liars but never thought we sounded like them. Their unpredictability as musicians is what is most admirable about them. My influences stem from experimental artists like This Heat, AWOTT, Faust, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen.
And what are some local bands you feel affinity with?
Colin: MTNS, Stickers, White Coward, Stephanie, Naomi Punk, and Half Gift. All these bands have made Seattle one of the most promising, and interesting environments for underground music.
Pelly: There's also Pony Time, USF, Constant Lovers, King Dude, Monogamy Party... the list could go on forever because Seattle is killing it right now. I've never been more stoked on a music community. Unfortunately, the real bands I share an affinity with are no longer shredding. Bands like Wet Paint DMM, Talbot Tagora, U and Cut Loose are just some to name a few.