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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Book Your Own World Tour

posted by on January 5 at 12:30 PM

L.A. Nintendo-Core outfit Horse the Band have some lofty ambitions:

“Three years ago we booked a three-month, eight country tour with no booking agency, manager, or CD in stores. It was the funnest tour we have ever done. 3 years and 11 professional package tours later, we’ve become disillusioned, bad-attitude nerds and pariahs of the established music industry. FUCK IT. We are currently planning a 40-country tour of Earth. We are booking the tour by ourselves, and going by ourselves because everyone is scared of us and no one will let us play their tours because we are too wild and crazy. In addition, no booking agencies will book shows for us on foreign soil because we have no “tour history on the books” or “soundscans” or “albums in stores”. It is time to once again take matters into our own hands, go off the beaten track, and show the music industry that they don’t matter anymore because of the INTERNET. We hope to be an inspiration to all young bands with honest dreams and the willingness to say “FUCK IT” to the shitty, boring, timid, sterile conventions that have slimed their way into our scene with the recent commercialization and homogenization of underground music. We will be producing a TV show/movie about recklessly circling the globe playing volatile shows, eating weird new foods, meeting new races and species, seeing the marvels of nature and man, narrowly escaping tragedy (or not escaping it), all while teetering on the brink of alcoholism and mental illness and sharing the language of music that unites us all! “

Although I am fairly indifferent about the band’s music, I must say this is entirely admirable. If they can actually pull this tour together their video is going to be an incredible document for future bands hoping to take their music around the world through grassroots channels. They offer to send promotional materials anywhere in the world, and encourage people in every country to burn CD-Rs of their albums and distribute them freely. If only every band had that attitude.

(ht PRP)

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HORSE own your soul, but not on the basis of that song on the YouTube video - first time I've heard that, and it's kind of lame. They are fantastic live though, I caught them in Brighton Engine Rooms (140 capacity, Enter Shikari were supporting and blew the PA system) and they were funny, loud and pretty much insane. All good luck to them, if they playing they're always worth checking out, if even just for a laff.

Posted by Barky | January 5, 2008 1:22 PM

this video has to be a joke right? they are pretty damn good at their instruments (except for the vocal instrument) but sheesh, the first minute and a half is unbearable.

Posted by E | January 6, 2008 2:29 AM

Powerful words indeed. If they actually pull it off, I will definitely be paying attention.

Otherwise, a lot of bands say passionate things like that. 99.7% of them never deliver on their vows.

Posted by godsactionfigure | January 6, 2008 3:36 AM

Most of what HORSE do is pretty much tongue in cheek - check out 'Cutsman' and 'Birdo' for some classic HORSE, but they will insist on the growling metal nonsense every now and again.

Posted by Barky | January 6, 2008 5:59 PM

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