Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Australian indie-rockers An Horse reclaim their promise in first headlining show in years

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 3:07 PM

click to enlarge An Horse - CORRY ARNOLD
  • Corry Arnold
  • An Horse
An Horse, Will’s Pub, May 27

Back in 2011, Australian duo An Horse released a really strong album in Walls on hot New York City indie Mom + Pop Records, were riding on the championing wind of Tegan and Sara and impressed here in concert. I thought I was witnessing a worthy star ready to shoot. And then life apparently got real and their rise was cut short.

A perfect storm of pressure, fatigue and grave family illness conspired to sideline the promising indie-rock band before their very considerable potential could truly blossom. Now, as of May 16 when official word came of the release of a new single (“Get Out Somehow”) and tour dates, the twosome are back and looking to outrun the jaws of obscurity. That new song? One of their noisiest and best yet, and a pretty clear indication of a band that’s looking to contend again:

Their tour – a significant North American campaign primarily consisting of opening for the surging Front Bottoms in some big rooms – is the band’s first step back to stateside relevance. And Orlando had the distinction of being An Horse’s first headlining show in years, one of only a few happening during this run.
click to enlarge An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
From what they showed here, this is a band with fire in their bellies again. Instead of any rust, they wore the extra octane of some notable individual seasoning and a shitload of emotional fuel.
click to enlarge An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
click to enlarge An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
Together onstage at last, they crackled with melody and muscle, driving their guitar pop with throttle and hearts wide open. Their feeling, propulsive formula was already pretty perfect before, and now they’re hitting it again with new precision and purpose.
click to enlarge An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
An Horse’s last album Walls was the mark of a band really finding their stride and one of the best records of 2011. Hopefully, their will and worth will power them back to where they left off. As this first headlining performance back proved, this is a band renewed in conviction and fitness. It was loud, cathartic and beautiful. If enough ears hear them, An Horse will be a modern indie comeback story.
click to enlarge An Horse at Will's Pub
  • An Horse at Will's Pub
Follow Bao on Twitter (@baolehuu)
Email Bao:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 5, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation