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Interview with a Deadhorse

I saw this band live two years ago, back in Erie, PA when they were a relatively fresh invention. Was it a good experience? It was an AMAZING experience. Until that point in time, I had just unmemorable encounters with the local music scene. 

Deadhorse formed in 2009. For the record, post-rock or instrumental music isn't typically my bag. But! Deadhorse are different. The music they put together is so beautiful. And they seem like, ever since I saw them in 2010, they are doing ridiculously well for themselves. I am both impressed and happy for them; this bad deserves to get huge someday. Like Explosions In the Sky huge!

I sent them a few questions as they toured Europe. They got back to me when they found internet. Life on the road is hard. Rachel Shesman:  thank you! 

UC: How did you form?

Deadhorse: Deadhorse was originally a side project that Brian and I started when we decided to turn his acoustic music we had been touring on into a full band sound. Originally, the music had lyrics, but once we decided to do things on a more serious basis, we all agreed it was time for a new challenge that none of us had ever ventured to try - writing completely instrumental music.

UC: What's the journey been like for you guys as a band?

Deadhorse: We’ve had our bumps and scrapes, as well as plenty of incredibly great times that I don’t think any of us could have imagined, just as any other band encounters when entering the world of near full time touring. This band has seen over 15 different members come in and out during the last two years; some because they weren’t cut out to be gone from home for nine months out of the year, others because of financial issues, and still more because this type of lifestyle isn’t as glamorous as some like to romanticize it to be. But as those people have filtered in and out, some stayed, and we’ve finally found a solid family as a band. As a whole, the journey has brought countless unforgettable people into our lives, given us insight and hope in our dreams and goals, introduced us to new experiences, places, and we are now traveling the world because of this music. I would have to say, so far, so good.

UC: You're currently in Europe right? How is that?

Deadhorse: Yes, we are actually traveling out of Sweden and into Germany as I write this. Europe is incredible, definitely an experience we are all humbled to be a part of.  Honestly, I think we can all agree that this is the best tour we’ve had yet. The people here have been nothing but good, helpful, and hospitable toward us since we’ve arrived.  The shows have been great, everyone has been really receptive and supportive to what we’re doing. The atmosphere, shows, and culture altogether are such a drastic change to what we’re used to, but in the best way possible. We’re getting quite spoiled here, and it is going to be very difficult to adjust back to touring America after this.

UC:  What's your guidance for the music you make- it's a lot like "post-rock!" (what the kids listen to these days, hey hey) 

Deadhorse:  Mainly, we see so much opportunity in making instrumental music. It is truly universal, there are no language barriers or strict guidelines or absolute meanings in the melodies of this music. Anyone can relate to it because there are no words.  What one person feels or finds when they listen to our music could be completely opposite of the next person listening. That’s the beauty of it all. Even for myself, I will feel happiness, joy one night playing this music, and the next night I’m releasing sorrow and frustration as I play. We want our music to be capable of being what we want it to be as well as whatever the listener wants. Our first full length album is titled “We Can Create Our World” and is based around these same ideas of making this music whatever one wants it to be. It is also meant to be a reminder that we are all meant for amazing things; each and every one of us is capable of making our dreams and goals come true. As far as influences in music go, each one of us in this band comes from very different backgrounds other than post rock. We’ve all been influenced in various ways, from punk and hardcore to indie and folk music. We each have something different to bring to the table – this isn’t just “post rock,” it’s a combination of influences that has brought us to make the music that we do. Personally, for me, bands such as As Cities Burn, This Will Destroy You, Colour Revolt, Emily Haines, and Eisley influence what I bring to the table in the writing and musical process of this band. 


UC:  What do you have planned for the summer?

Deadhorse: Summer will be chaotic but way too fun and exciting, we have a lot of big things happening that we are beyond stoked to announce in the near future. We’ll be arriving home from Europe at the end of May, and about two and a half weeks later, we’ll be hitting the road again in the U.S. mid June.  That tour we’ll have the pleasure of sharing the road and stage with some great friends of ours in a band called Barrow. We’ll be headed to Cornerstone Festival that year, where we will be playing the Underground Stage. From there, we’ll be doing a string of dates along the east coast with another incredible band, Troubled Coast, who are heading out that way all the way from California. Once that tour is finished, it’s nose to the grindstone as we finish writing our newest album in time to head into the studio in August. We plan to have our album released fall 2012.

Lastly what do you make of the music scene in Erie, PA?

Deadhorse:  For a while, Erie saw a bit of a lull in the music scene as two of its main venues shut down and there were no shows for months.  Recently, however, a new venue has opened up called Basement Transmissions.  It has already seen some great shows, and I really hope it continues to grow and become something great. Erie could really use a solid venue again. It is encouraging to see people coming back together in the music scene, reviving it through starting new record labels, new bands, and providing support to locals once again. I am truly excited to see what Erie’s future holds as the scene puts itself back together.

well go Erie music scene and best of luck to Deadhorse!!!!


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