Horse Brothers : live review

Horse Brothers

The Workshop, London

 23rd March

Burundi Blues? Jazz Grunge?

I used to roadie for the Horse Brothers but quit in November last year. I did it for about 7 months, and in that time I saw of course each gig they did up close.

The band had been going from strength to strength live, each one in my eyes more amazing musically than the last.

It has been about 4 months since I have since seen them, and Friday at The Workshop they again blew me away. Of course this time I didn’t have to be there early for the sound check and then hang around looking after gear or worry about packing it away and lugging it out to the car at the end of the night through drunken revellers!

The band played a few new songs, and again Londoners if you haven’t been to see them live, you are missing out big time!

I took a friend along and she LOVED them!

The set list was








Gun in the Home is the oldest of the set, but it doesn’t at all sound out of place or ”Ëœolder’.

They build the short set up with slower brooding numbers, and finish with a brace of 3 stunning numbers, In The Ground, Hangman’s Neck and Gun.

I STRONGLY advise you ALL to give up your Friday evening to go see them in a small room, up close. MP3s and videos can’t convey the power of Dave’s Burundi style tom heavy drums, or Danny’s Bluesey riffing guitar licks and his tortured howls. The tunes invade your head and refuse to leave for days.

Best band in London at the moment, I don’t need to hear anyone else to know that!

They have recorded new songs and hopefully those will be available to download soon, then let’s hope they make an album and tour everywhere!

Steve Horwood

(From a previous gig at the Social 29/11/11)

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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