Wire Rift Records
Words: Craig Hartranft
A few years back I reviewed Deaf Horse's EP Human Meat. It seems the band has expanded from a power trio to a foursome, adding another guitarist who also contributes keyboards. The band returns with their first full length album House Of Correction.
In one sense, it's a curious album with a variety of tunes both similar and different from past material. Underneath everything, however, Deaf Horse remains a hard and heavy rock band influenced by post-grunge and stoner rock, but infused with a little psychedelic and blues rock. Also, their presentation, or sound, still has that stripped down feeling, something of more clarity than base rawness.
Distortion figures in on many songs like Lose Your Head, White Lies, and Polka. That last one giving you some of that psych stoner vibe. Better for that feeling maybe Cold Outside. Barely hard and heavy at the start, it has this slow groove that twists between psychedelic, blues, and country. Another interesting twist comes when Deaf Horse plays with the tempo. As the distortion returns in Dead Wood, the song begins speedy only to breakdown into this slower movement which sounds like psychedelic rock played in American western music context. If you're wondering about the inclusion of the keyboards, the best representation comes with Fred and Rose where the piano has a predominant role. It's a promising addition to their sound. Here's a final comment then, more a strange observation. Sometimes, whether by the beat, groove, sound of the drums, or maybe the vocals, Deaf Horse sounded like a tripped and tricked out version of early White Stripes. Yeah, I know. Sounds weird. Nevertheless, Deaf Horse once more shows imagination and promise with House Of Correction and their twist of post-grunge and stoner rock, enlightened by both psychedelic and blues rock.
Deaf Horse once more shows imagination and promise with House Of Correction and their twist of post-grunge and stoner rock, enlightened by both psychedelic and blues rock.
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