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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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  • 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
  • Audiobinge


    11 Jul 7:43pm Reply
  • 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
  • Ondskapet

    Watching earth tour and fuck I miss this band. Will we ever see another album?

    30 Jun 11:08pm Reply
  • bvnches

    Best worse band in the world

    18 Jun 6:22pm Reply
  • bigkajamma

    2009 since the last release and the last 2 records were gold. any news on future activity?

    17 Jun 3:27am Reply
  • Lucky_Lungz

    Lif. I guess its fair that they dislike how their diehards can take what they say and apply more depth than whats really there to it, in fact they probs despise that... but then again it might only be a minority that really does that. Appreciating HORSE for what it is has always been part of what's made it amazing for me.

    13 Jun 9:46am Reply
  • Anarx

    Probably because as the albums progress the overt video game references decrease.

    31 May 8:19am Reply
  • Audiobinge

    It's funny that as each album has gotten better listeners have dropped. LIF is funny.

    29 May 7:35pm Reply
  • Audiobinge

    Erik has a birthday on Wednesday too!

    18 May 12:29am Reply
  • Audiobinge

    David is 33 on Tuesday. Happy Birthday!

    18 May 12:23am Reply
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  • aldrignedigen

    It is, indeedy.

    25 Apr 7:00am Reply
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