With a lineup of musicians who have played in such heavyweights as Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, and Early Grace, I went into my first Horsewhip listening experience with some lofty expectations. As a fellow musician who came out of the '90s hardcore scene, I was fortunate enough to have seen their previous bands in action, so, what's the verdict on Horsewhip?
I'm pleased to tell you that the Florida-based quartet not only live up to the ridiculously high expectations I had for them, but they surpass them.
September will see the release of Horsewhip's eponymous debut EP, and its 7 tracks bring forth an ugly sonic assault only raging malcontents could be responsible for. Do you like getting chlorine injected into your eyeballs? No? Well, listen to a track called "Spill" from the EP below anyway. It's the premiere taste off of Horsewhip.
The EP was recorded at Rock Garden Studio by Dan Byers (Gone Is Gone, Meatwound), and features cover art by Richard Minino and graphic design by Shaun Drees. In the coming weeks, Horsewhip will be revealing a slew of upcoming tour dates, but for now, two high-profile gigs have been announced. Tomorrow (July 24), the band will be on a bill at Tampa's Crowbar with Unsane, Bloodlet, Wrong, and Yashira. Horsewhip will also be part of this year's The Fest in Gainesville, FL which will be featuring more than 400 bands across twenty venues October 26 through 28.
Horsewhip will see release on all digital platforms and 12” orange vinyl limited to 300 copies on September 14 through Financial Ruin, home to various disappointed bands but several satisfied credit card companies, with exclusive distribution through Dead Tank Records. Find digital pre-orders here and watch for vinyl preorders to post here this week.