The word “industrial” gets tossed around a lot, but, goddamn, Haunted Horses

The word “industrial” gets tossed around a lot, but, goddamn, Haunted Horses actually

played their instruments with drills. That drill, along with the three gentlemen who formed one of Seattle’s best darkwavin’ bands, announced this week that they’re darkwavin’ goodbye.

“Unfortunately we are in fact done and doubt we’ll be shredding again,” bassist Troy Ayala tells me.

“It’s deeply depressing,” guitarist Colin Dawson adds, “but it seems the Horses have been put out to pasture. But all death is just a transformation of form. I think we’re all very sad, and in a state of mourning. It is truly unfortunate… oooo it’s like a funeral!”


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In the Facebook post announcing the split, the band offers a light at the end of the spooky dark tunnel, alluding to other projects in the future. Dawson and Ayala already play together in skronktastic no-wave group Stickers, a band that thankfully isn’t showing any signs of slowing down (they’ve got a show tonight at Black Lodge and another on Tuesday at Narwhal). Haunted Horses’ Myke Pelly is one of the best drummers in town—he plays like a violent craven lunatic (in the best way possible)—let’s cross our fingers he also has more projects planned for the future as well. And if that drill doesn’t form a new band too, I’m going to be pretty upset.

R.I.P. Haunted Horses—your necromancy was real. Your dark magick will linger everlasting.