Bristol Doomgaze wretches SUGAR HORSE release their new track ‘Richard Branson In The Sky With Diamonds’ taken from their colossal and crushing new ‘DRUGS’ EP, set for release on April 17th. Sugar Horse’s latest offering was the first track written for the EP coming together swiftly through their collaborative efforts from start to finish and focusing on originality and integrity.
…this song is a centrepiece for the record. A mangling of every direction we go in, distilled down and blasted out at both destructive and fragile volumes. ‘RBITSWD’ is based on the writing and videos of Chris Ott a formative Pitchfork writer, with a famously acerbic sense of humour. His Shallow Rewards series details the nepotism and self-serving culture within some areas of the music industry, as well as various niche historical pieces. A huge influence on me lyrically, as well as the general ethos of the band as a whole. Emphasis on originality is essential. Working hard to not repeat the same tired cliches and steering away from po-faced pretension.” – Ashley Tubb
Watch the video for ‘Richard Branson In The Sky With Diamonds’ Below
‘DRUGS’ is a combination of beautiful shimmering guitars, ethereal ambience and brutally crushing, doomy riffs that all build a foreboding sense of menace across its 5 tracks. At times it will confuse and others you will be lost in its utter beauty, and like all the most incredible music, it will reveal more layers, meanings and hidden depths with each repeated listen.
Formed in 2015 as a trio in a flat in Bristol messing around with their fuzz pedals, the band was finally compleated with the addition of a fourth member on guitar and keyboards –2019’s standalone single ‘GAKEATER’– allowing them to add density to their sound. SUGAR HORSE set out to break away from emerging trends in the South-West scene, going against the grain while following a strict set of self-made parameters.
“There was a lot of emphasis on having a pacey, driving and technical sound… We wanted to do the opposite; Make everything simple and slow everything down. I think the best art is formed when it’s creators enforce rigid rules on themselves. Mondrian had geometry, Mark E Smith had his hatred for cigarette taxation and we have a complete disregard for urgency.”
Likewise, since their inception, SUGAR HORSE has shared stages with the likes of Vennart, Brutus, The St Pierre Snake Invasion and Phoxjaw, as well as playing praised alternative festival ArcTanGent in 2019. The band will next support Black Peaks on their April rescheduled headline dates that have just been announced.
Ashley Tubb (Guitar, Vocals), Chris Howarth (Bass) & Martin Savage (Drums) Jake Healy (Guitar/Keyboards)
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