Minihorse Big Lack EP out now via Friendship Fever
Listen to “Thriller” here (feel free to share!)
Full EP stream via CLRVYNT
The heavy, fuzzy debut EP Big Lack from Michigan’s Minihorse is out now via California label Friendship Fever. The trio streamed the EP via CLRVYNT, who said; “There’s No ‘Big Lack’ of Hooks on Minihorse’s New EP.” You can also hear the single “Thriller” via Overblown, who said; “Unifying the tongue in cheek humour of Evan Dando and Alex Chilton while exploring the lo-fi wonder of Bob Pollard, the EP ventures into the abyss armed with a fifth of whiskey and a pack of smokes.”
“It feels like something of misgiving that Minihorse’s Big Lack EP is the band’s debut release, for so much of it feels the re-arrival of your favourite band.” —GOLD FLAKE PAINT
“Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Minihorse make pleasingly bummed out guitar pop in the grand tradition of Grandaddy, The Comas, or Ambulance LTD.” —BROOKLYN VEGAN
Curled up in a nest of fuzz pedal guts, Minihorse guitarist Ben Collins realized one night that his dreams have no meaning. All that circuit wiring, as it turns out, is a harness for trapping delusions.
The band explores that revelation over the unresolved pop progressions of debut EP Big Lack, shrugging off the big dumb universe with a wry tunefulness. Tracked at Collins’s home studio amid tinkerings with a prototype electrode headband, the record leaks out of headphones like slow direct current.
Minihorse’s genetic inheritance is a recombination of bedroom transistor wizards like Bob Pollard, cruising guitar rock into the outer valences of space in a shit-can convertible, and the brandied humour of Evan Dando and Alex Chilton, approaching the void with a pack of cigarettes.
Cooing sarcasm over a wallop of scuzzy power pop, Collins pokes at misfit notions of belonging or purpose with a Jason Lytle sigh. “Hollywood painted it black/Wait. Paint it back,” he jokes before the dam breaks on “Drink You Dry.”
Collins and his fellow Ypsilanti introverts, bassist Christian Anderson and drummer John Fossum, are giddy with their musical contraptions. They scatter hooks like firecrackers on a blacktop throughout opener “Blueblack” and beat down doors with cool-headed kraut jam “Pinstripe Web.”
With breezy “Thriller”, Collins grips the tape reel, jerking the recording into warbled askew against a hummable fuzz bass counterpoint that coats the band’s keen insight: “The thrill is not what’s gone/It never was.”
Big Lack is out now. Minihorse are currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches on their debut LP, coming in 2017 on Friendship Fever.
Watch video for “Drink You Dry”
Big Lack EP