JB013 — Horses: Brotherly Love


Horses are one of my favourite bands in this town. The first time I saw them was at the old Adrift skate shop. It was also the first time I saw Orphan Choir and Statues. Clearly a pretty great night. I didn’t know them at the time, but I felt an immediate connection to the honesty in their songs. They had one great record, but it was clearly a limited-time/budget affair that didn’t quite do justice to the full-throttle quality of their live shows. Which is why, when I first heard the Brotherly Love EP, I was fucking stoked. These five songs capture what I think makes Horses a truly great band, with the focused energy and controlled musicianship that makes them a commanding live act. Everyone who works on this site really thinks this is an important document of one of the best bands playing rock and roll in Toronto right now. Because it is.

Courtesy of Mr. Jonathan Hunter and Horses:

The first release by Horses’ current lineup, Brotherly Love is the result of a year of touring and name calling. Composed of two ‘loud’ tracks recorded at Chemical Sound in Toronto and three ‘rootsy’ tracks recorded in our practice space, this EP is a nice little representation of what we’ve been working on for the last while. The latter three tracks were originally intended to fill space on a tour EP but revealed another side of the band, a sound stemming from post-show drunken hotel parties and slurry late-night sing-alongs. Though we’ve been traveling with the Brotherly Love EP for a few months now, it was never ‘released’. We cut paper sleeves, burned discs, packaged them in our living rooms, and put them in a shoe box. Now, though, a proper release is happening as our good friends at JUICEBOXdotcom agreed to give it a home. We are very excited.



01. Danforth and Main
02. New Orleans
03. Three Guns
04. For All My Uncles
05. The Legion

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