Australian indie-rockers An Horse reclaim their promise in first headlining show in years

by

comment
An Horse - CORRY ARNOLD
  • Corry Arnold
  • An Horse
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
An Horse, Will’s Pub, May 27

Back in 2011, Australian duo An Horse released a really strong album in Walls on hot New York City indie Mom + Pop Records, were riding on the championing wind of Tegan and Sara and impressed here in concert. I thought I was witnessing a worthy star ready to shoot. And then life apparently got real and their rise was cut short.

A perfect storm of pressure, fatigue and grave family illness conspired to sideline the promising indie-rock band before their very considerable potential could truly blossom. Now, as of May 16 when official word came of the release of a new single (“Get Out Somehow”) and tour dates, the twosome are back and looking to outrun the jaws of obscurity. That new song? One of their noisiest and best yet, and a pretty clear indication of a band that’s looking to contend again:

Their tour – a significant North American campaign primarily consisting of opening for the surging Front Bottoms in some big rooms – is the band’s first step back to stateside relevance. And Orlando had the distinction of being An Horse’s first headlining show in years, one of only a few happening during this run.
An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
From what they showed here, this is a band with fire in their bellies again. Instead of any rust, they wore the extra octane of some notable individual seasoning and a shitload of emotional fuel.
An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
Together onstage at last, they crackled with melody and muscle, driving their guitar pop with throttle and hearts wide open. Their feeling, propulsive formula was already pretty perfect before, and now they’re hitting it again with new precision and purpose.
An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
An Horse’s last album Walls was the mark of a band really finding their stride and one of the best records of 2011. Hopefully, their will and worth will power them back to where they left off. As this first headlining performance back proved, this is a band renewed in conviction and fitness. It was loud, cathartic and beautiful. If enough ears hear them, An Horse will be a modern indie comeback story.
An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
Follow Bao on Twitter (@baolehuu)
Email Bao: baolehuu@orlandoweekly.com


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.