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Black Horse Society formed in early 2013 in the port city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The music is reflected in the atmosphere of their debut EP “Columbo”. Examples of this are found in in the pulsing beats of the title song, but also in the atmospheric, epic Eyes On The Prize. Also unforgettable isthe intoxicating sadness of Art Collector, the high-point of this debut-EP.
Frontman Reinier Gerritsen: “Black Horse Society’s music is tied to the city where we live. The songs jump between epic and small, but the overall sound remains unmistakably big and full. A lot of our music is created spontaneously- there’s never a concrete plan. That creative moment, the excitement and the feeling that something new is being created, that’s what drives us.”
The seeds of the “Columbo” EP were planted in late 2014 at a local TV station. For the popular show Live At Lloyd (broadcast 2/9/2014), five songs were recorded in the Rijnmond studios under the watchful eye of producer Reinier Rietveld (De Staat, Kane, The Kik). Rietveld further tweaked the recordings in the 2×2 Studios, then finished and mixed for an EP-release via RVP Records. The label had already noticed Black Horse Society in the summer of 2014 and signed them quickly.
Gerritsen: “For the radioshow Live at Lloyd, we worked really hard on our live set, with gigs all over the Benelux. During that time, our sound got much tighter and you can definitely hear that on the EP.”
Black Horse Society’s songs have the influences of bands such as The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine and The Boxer Rebellion.