It’s been a highly anticipated couple of weeks for me since discovering the wonders of Hold Your Horse Is through their single ‘You Show Up’. Having been eagerly awaiting the release of this absolute behemoth of an EP I’m glad to say it lives up to my every expectation and more. ‘Rammin’ It Home‘ is an unstoppable tour de force, relentless in every aspect and unwilling to give in and accept defeat securing control over your ears from start to finish.
Although you may already be familiar with some of the tracks such as ‘You Show Up’ and ‘Mackerel Jackson’ there’s enough subtle differences to please the picky perfectionists and make ‘Rammin’ It Home’ feel like its own self contained explosion of brilliance. The brief light addition of gentle guitar at the start of ‘You Show Up’ for instance lulls you into a false sense of security before the pounding bass laden deliciousness of the track suddenly smacks you in the face. You suddenly find yourself waking up in a world of dynamic and aggressive drumming and heavy yet adaptable guitar with smatterings of the vocal styles of Robin Pearson who seems to have been destined from birth to sing solid rock with a voice built for the genre.
Everything about this record oozes liquid perfection. There’s some incredible heart stopping time signature alterations and dramatic periods of silence that are exciting enough to grab your interest without confusing or putting you off what is an undeniably beautifully yet simple piece of work. It’s such an accessible record, you know exactly what you’re getting from the moment it all kicks in and you’ll find yourself desperate for more material when things come to all too soon an end.
There’s enough variation within this 6 track EP to ensure that things don’t become stale and repetitive and although many of the tracks are similar in style each has a distinctiveness or particularly memorable section that helps it stand out from the rest. ‘Starts and Ends’ final slow paced howl-a-thon particularly sticks in your mind as the flurry of cymbals, gritty bass and horse vocals (no pun intended) amalgamate in a very powerful ending.
There’s no question about this, if you like good music you should have this record in your life. Hold Your Horse Is are destined for big things and with such a strong and well received start there’s no reason why they shouldn’t exceed all expectations and gallop their way to success (pun intended).
By Ross Haymes
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