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Lake Forest, Los Angeles CA, United States (1999 – present)

HORSE the band is a band from Lake Forest, California that formed in 1999. They are known for their 8-bit Nintendo influenced sound combined with metalcore, which frontman Nathan Winneke once jokingly referred to as . They are currently signed to Vagrant Records.

HORSE the band’s lyrics are chaotic and colorful metaphors for vocalist Nathan Winneke’s life, often with humorous or abstract pop culture reference titles and bases. Winneke has referred to his style on multiple occasions as “lynchian” in reference to his favorite film director David Lynch and his obtuse narrative style.

The band had jokingly labeled themselves “Nintendocore” very early on in their career in reference to the synth sound they had adopted. Some Nintendo characters that are metaphorically referred to include Cut Man from Mega Man, although the song is spelled “Cutsman” because the song was about a childhood friend Winneke grew up with and that was how they had said the character’s name in youth; “Birdo”, one of the bosses from the NES game Super Mario Bros. 2, in the song “Birdo” which was actually about Winneke’s distaste for eggs and traumatic experiences with his stepfather early in his life ; and the rabbit-like nemesis from The Legend of Zelda in the song “Pol’s Voice” which is about Winneke’s early loathing of the sound of his own voice. Similarly, the song “A Million Exploding Suns” refers to the Marvel Comics character Sentry, a schizophrenic and agoraphobic hero with this abundance of power, pertaining to Winneke’s double life as a musician and as a video rental clerk.


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  • Nekosite

    Next Album should incorporate elements of Sega inspired Vaporwave, please.

    26 Sep 2:16am Reply
  • ikesimo

    VERY GOOD!!! ;) (y)

    2 Sep 10:42am Reply
  • Liam_Millar

    1 2 3

    1 Sep 10:39pm Reply
  • super-pangolin

    @Treats4TheSOUL Manateen is soul crushing by default

    31 Aug 1:01pm Reply
  • MetalurgPL

    Need a new album from these guys

    30 Aug 3:37pm Reply
  • conditionals

    Check out their photos from the NYC 2014 concert. Fucking awesome.

    27 Aug 11:06am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Not sure why they chose the most disgusting, shithole bar in the entire state of Michigan to play, but somehow it worked. Through the sea of human scum and the rank stench of B.O. I saw HORSE the band in superior form. This is the first I've seen them since Dash left, and the new bassist has zero stage presence. Other than that they we're great. Drummer especially killed it. Highlight of the evening was a soul crushing performance of 'Manateen'

    17 Aug 8:30am Reply
  • phaserz2KO

    @colderskin man that brings me back, any good band had a good myspace. Htb was no exception.

    15 Aug 4:08am Reply
  • Psychedalex77 Find me a better HTB video. Protip: you can't

    12 Aug 10:30am Reply
  • colderskin

    I will always remember them having the best myspace. They made myspace worth it.

    9 Aug 2:34am Reply
  • Ondskapet

    Feels pretty shitty that they'll probably never set foot in sweden again after earth tour

    23 Jul 10:14pm Reply
  • Audiobinge stay posi

    16 Jul 5:30am Reply
  • fuzzyburrito

    there is niacin in my womanly vitamins so i should automatically be part of their team

    13 Jul 7:30am Reply
  • Lucky_Lungz

    are they really selling niacin

    12 Jul 6:24pm Reply
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  • fuzzyburrito

    ughhhhhhhh i need to see them bad. i swear if anyone is renting a room/driving to one i am more than willing to come along. they're coming nowhere near me (florida) i have monies and i don't care if you're a drug dealing crack head i want to come. i haven't ever had the chance to see them. message me if you're looking for someone to accompany you. to either of them i will fly out there lol.

    12 Jul 5:59pm Reply
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  • deadtarget

    Nintendocore is forever. Sixteen is forever

    10 Jul 7:11am Reply
  • Lucky_Lungz

    While I pray for a new album, not getting one would be forgiven if they did one more extensive US tour (Kansas City, MO specifically) and played a retrospective set plus Desperate Living staples

    8 Jul 2:17am Reply
  • conditionals

    I think we'll get one more album at least. But I'd be surprised if it was as good as Desperate Living. It's almost the perfect time for them to leave it, going out on top like this. Almost. Still, I'd cut cut cut my left hand off for a new album.

    4 Jul 4:22am Reply
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