Wellington, New Zealand-based post-metal collective SPOOK THE HORSES are pleased to undrape their new visual accompaniment to “Inheritance.” Viewable in 180° VR and now playing at MetalSucks, the track comes off the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Empty Body, set for release August 28th via Pelagic Records.
Issues the band, “‘Inheritance’ is the final song on and single off of Empty Body. Produced by Max and Felix Telfer, the clip recalls the surreal digital landscapes of past visual works; but what was once a flowing river of hues and sound now gives way to the jagged, kinetic rhythms of Empty Body‘s frenetic conclusion. Pulsing and writhing to the stabs of bass and percussion, seething alongside guitars and screams, the prismatic topography of ‘Inheritance’ grips your attention and refuses to relinquish it.”
Adds MetalSucks, “As demonstrated by their latest single, SPOOK THE HORSES make chunky, raw, brain-melting slabs of aggression that are sure to appeal to fans of bands like Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, and Old Man Gloom.”
Following the calm and sublime People Used To Live Here, Empty Body rears its head with distortion levels cranked up, tempos sped up, and songs condensed and stripped down to the bare, ugly essentials. Indeed, Empty Body comes as a brutal wake-up call within the rampant COVID-19 fatigue and an unexpected surprise in almost every regard. “We’ve always been both a heavy and a quiet band. An entire album of our prettier, more bittersweet inclinations demands a reply of our most aggressive and confrontational. The pendulum must swing back the other way,” comments multi-instrumentalist Callum Gay.
Empty Body will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats with preorders available HERE.
Imagine a band where members can rotate between instruments, because every band member can play every instrument. SPOOK THE HORSES are such a band. And it is perhaps this multi-instrumentalism and virtuosity that explains the vast musical territory that is explored across the band’s four albums. While 2011’s debut album Brighter was defined by sweet post-rock crescendos, 2015’s Rainmaker was a much heavier affair. People Used To Live Here (2017) created an atmosphere of quiet desolation, raw and real, desperate and unsettling: the post-apocalyptic soundtrack to abandoned places, where people used to live, at one point in time, long ago.
“Since we started work on People Used To Live Here years ago we knew the album would need a follow-up that was radically different – almost spitefully different – if only to utterly refuse any trite suggestion that we might be “maturing” or mellowing out with time,” Gay explains. “We’d written the song ‘Self Destroyer’ (off Empty Body) somehow concurrently with the early People Used To Live Here demos and it had a sense of momentum to it that immediately engaged us. Once that energy was there it was an obvious choice for the next record, compressing our intuitive emotive peaks into raw forward motion. We all wrote collectively with the new focus in mind.”
SPOOK THE HORSES:
Zach Meech – drums, guitar, vocals
Alex Ross – bass
Donnie Cuzens – guitar, synth
Callum Gay – guitar, drums, vocals, synth
Ben Dentice – guitar
Max Telfer – visuals