16 Horsepower - HOARSE - Reissue

posted at 09/20/2021

Coming Oct 22nd: 16Horsepower HOARSE. Reissue of one of the greatest live double albums of all times on green vinyl. Limited to 500 copies. Pre-order your copy now:

A 16 Horsepower live concert was one of the most intense musical experiences you can ever witness. While it is always difficult for a great live band to capture their stage brilliance on record, „Hoarse“ succeeds on every level. Apart from a great selection of songs from the bandsþ alltime classics „Low Estate“ and „Sackloth’n’Ashes“ they play three cover-versions that will make your jaw drop: „Bad Moon Rising“ by Creedence Clearwater Revival, „Fire Spirit“ by The Gun Club and a mega-intense „Day Of The Lords“ by Joy Divison.
From the first takes of the album opener „American Wheeze“ it wonþt take long until David Eugene Edwards, Steve Taylor, Jeffrey Paul Norlander, Jean-Yves Tolà and Pascal Humbert unleash their very own hell to the audience. In 1998 16 Horsepower were savage, clocklike and crushing - more machine than band but still filigree and in fact greater than the sum of its parts: "Even more raw and incisive than on its studio releases, the band tears into the songs with manic precision and rugged ferocity. Obviously recorded without overdubs or studio tinkering, the 53-minute show is short by todayþs standards. But the primal power and gut-wrenching emotion exuded on every track are not something that can be sustained over the long haul. Theyþre not joking when they title one of their songs "Brimstone Rock".

The dark religious imagery meshes with standup bass, drums, and two guitars (with Edwardsþ occasional banjo and bandoneon) to create a torrent of sound. Similar to gospel, 16 Horsepower is unsettling live, where their drama and tension run thick, heavy, and uncut. (All Music Guide)

Having the one and only David Eugene Edwards as their charismatic frontman did not damage to their reputation: Heþs performing The Gun Club’s „Fire Spirit“ with Bertrand Cantat (Noir Desir, Détroit) in a thrilling version which proves equal to the original and sings Joy Divisionþs „Day of the Lords“ as if it was his own creation in ways that makes your flesh crawl. Take the feedback driven and monumental „For Heavens Sake“ with its cutting Slide Guitar or „Horse Head“ - the most quiet song from the album - for instance and youþll see the incredible quality of 16 HPþs songwriting. The last named song is truly a melancholic masterpiece characterised by the amazing interaction of Jeffrey Paul Norlander’s Violin and David Eugene Edwards‘ querulous voice. If you youþve ever listened to the studio recordings of the eight original songs of „Hoarse“ you really need to hear these live versions. Every song transforms to a higher level than its original. Evolution, thatþs truly one of the main trademarks of the band from Denver, CO that split up in 2004. 16 HP never really finished the process of writing a song, neither did they repeat!

If youþve seen the band live on stage youþll know the magic of a 16 Horsepower show. „Hoarse“ is one of these rare live albums catching moments in its power and intensity. This album is the essence of 16 Horsepower, a record in a class of its own close to milestones like The Doors‘ „Absolutely Live“, Bob Dylan’s „Royal Albert Hall“, or Hendrix‘ „Band of Gypsys“. “Hoarse” will be released for the first time on vinyl as a two LP set plus CD on October 17th.

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