Dead Horses‘ “Brothers”, despite immaculate audio engineering and weighty honky-tonk piano, captures the folk sounds of the late ‘60s. It’s a wandering song, oscillating between acoustic and electric guitar, loping forward on understated drums and wailing vocals. The song travels in the most melancholy way, a modicum of misery following it wherever it goes. In other words, its disenchanted folk mines a fertile ground that’s bloomed for the past 50 years, and its slow crescendo works as well now as slow, sad crescendoes did for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in days of yore.
“‘Brothers’ was my first attempt at writing a song about what it’s like living life on the road. It’s a love song and a lament,” says Dead Horses’ Sarah Vos. “It was influenced by some 60’s folk music, and funny enough, when we were recording this song in the studio with Ken [Coomer, producer] he immediately heard Dylan and wanted to do full drums and electric guitar, which was completely new to us.”
Cartoon Moon comes out September 30. Catch Dead Horses on tour with Mandolin Orange, whose “Hard Travelin’” we’re also premiering today.
October 15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
October 16 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
October 19 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
October 20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
October 21 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
October 22 – Athens, GA – The Foundry
October 23 – Charleston, SC – Pour House
October 25 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
October 26 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room
October 27 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
October 28 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater