In this biweekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank.
"Busy all the time" is a feeling we're all too familiar with. Musicians and longtime friends Jordan Lake, Dominick Valli and Seth Rodgers decided to name their band Heavy Horse to exemplify the desperation and day-to-day drudgery of what can sometimes feel like a workhorse life. Their intense, often synchronized and other times cleverly layered yells cut through, providing an outwardly expressive outlet set on top of simple but hard-hitting post-hardcore hooks.
When asked to describe the trio's music, guitarist Jordan Lake says, "Simple and honest. We don't try to over complicate our music. We let the writing happen and try not to over-think or overdo it."
Each member pitches in a hand with lyric writing, and musical influence comes from bands like Converge, Young Widows, Breather Resist and Frodus. Since Heavy Horse's inception in September 2011, they've performed in basements and venues in south city, where they all currently live.
This weekend, Heavy Horse will self-release its ten-song debut album, A Dialogue Between Us, recorded at a friend's house in January. Get a preview below.
We invited Heavy Horse to fill in the blanks ahead of their release show this Saturday. See what they had to say on the next page.