Sugar Horse release live version of debut album The Live Long After
The LIVE Long After out now
‘A sucker punch of sludge-punk’ – Knotfest.com
‘Riff merchants expertly balance filth and ambience’ – Metal Hammer
Mercurial Bristol rockers Sugar Horse have released a live version of their acclaimed debut LP The Live Long After (released 27th August 2021 via Small Pond Records).
Stream the new album, The LIVE Long After, here:
Sugar Horse have also filmed a stunning live version of their track ‘The Great British Death Cult’, recorded jointly at Small Pond studios and Brighton Unitarian church.
Lyrically based around the fear of the unknown, The Live Long After is a caustic, visceral, and highly engaging listen. From the uneasy opening notes of the introduction ‘I Am Not Now’ (an anti-hymn based on an ancient Byzantine chant), to ‘Live Long’ (a doom track about the endless void) and ‘Death Cult’, (which discusses Aleph, the Japanese doomsday movement), the record is an indication of a band bursting with things to say.
It’s not for nothing that Sugar Horse have become known as a nonconformist band. Their previous EPs Druj and Drugs were acclaimed amalgams of doom, hardcore, stoner and punk, and The Live Long After continues this curious trend.
Indications of My Bloody Valentine, Cult of Luna, Deafheaven and Oceansize can be heard throughout the record, but still only touch upon the wide variety of sounds and influences Sugar Horse explore. A band who were due to tour with Black Peaks before the inevitable Covid disruption, and who have toured with Vennart and played ArcTanGent, Sugar Horse have received early praise from Upset Magazine, Metal Hammer, and Kerrang!.
Forming in 2015 as a trio in a flat in Bristol, Sugar Horse fully came into being in 2019 with the addition of Jake Healy on baritone guitar and keyboards. Seeking to break away from emerging trends in their scene, the band’s emphasis on simplicity and down-tempo heft belies an impressive sense of self-awareness and maturity. In their own words: “I think the best art is formed when it’s creators enforce rigid rules on themselves. Mondrian had geometry, Mark E Smith had his hatred for cigarette taxation and we have a complete disregard for urgency.”
Sugar Horse are:
Ashley Tubb (Vocals/Guitar)
Jake Healy (Baritone Guitar, Keyboards)
Chris Howarth (Bass)
Martin Savage (Drums)
The LIVE Long After tracklisting:
1. Shouting Judas at Bob Dylan (Live at Small Pond)
2. Fat Dracula (Live at Small Pond)
3. Phil Spector in Hell (Live at Small Pond)
4. The Live Long After (Live at Small Pond)
5. Terrible Things Are Happening As We Speak (Live at Small Pond)
6. The Great British Death Cult (Live at Small Pond & Brighton Unitarian)
7. Dadcore World Cup (Live at Small Pond)
8. A Las Vegas Showgirl (Live at Small Pond)
9. Phil Spector in Hell (Live at Brighton Unitarian)
10. Dadcore World Cup (Live at Brighton Unitarian)