Bristol’s Sugar Horse firmly cement themselves in the realm of “what the fuck did I just listen to?” Especially to anyone that’s heard the superb Druj EP last year and the sprawling, 7-minute slab of erratic noise of GakEater. Straddling that line between atmospheric noise-rock, disconnected hardcore spasms, post-metal ambience and a Chris Morris sketch, this Bristol four-piece spark both intrigue, worship and a level of fear.
Like some implacable sensation, Sugar Horse have a way of creating a creeping, consuming noise that engulfs the listener. Their self-confessed method of “slowing everything down” is apparent on Pity Party; it floods into your subconscious like taking a huge narcotic hit or downing half a bottle of whisky, engulfing you with warmth, pleasure, then anguish, loathing and finally purging. The chanting layered vocal effects, almost shoegaze guitar washes, metallic grind and deep, bass-heavy dirges all churn this sense of genuine unease and sucking terror. The doom-laden chant of “We drank the rivers dry” brims with triumph more than agony, with the band taking great pleasure in their ability to consume and conquer. Watch the video for Pity Party below. Sniff Satan, Worship Glue.
Sugar Horse joins The St. Pierre Snake Invasion on the Black Peaks tour in April, (that will be SHIT hot) go see them and have the flesh melted from your face like at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The EP, Drugs, is out April 17.