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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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  • Audiobinge

    Should look yp Nathan, David, and Erik on Linked in. Guess Prophet is studying "Music Composition, Film Scoring, Songwriting, Sound design" at the California Institute of the Arts.

    26 Feb 11:13pm Reply
  • Reflechissant

    7 years ago I thought it was really cool. But still, they are somewhat original. Genghis Tron mix nerdy computer sounds with post-hardcore better tho.

    22 Jan 11:30am Reply
  • NiterOwl

    Замечательную музыку делают.

    22 Jan 9:47am Reply
  • conditionals

    5 years since Desperate Living. Fuck.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • acidfordinner

    "Not sure why they chose the most disgusting, shithole bar in the entire state of Michigan to play" If you think Mac's is the most disgusting bar in Michigan you haven't been to many bars, haven't lived in Michigan very long, or both. If anything I'd bet money it was the neckbearded video game crowd that came out to see them that made the place disgusting and smelly

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    The question in each and everything, "Do you desire this once more, and innumerable times more?"

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    Apparently the band isn't keen on Pizza EP, but I am.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Psychedalex77

    the sound of a single note.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Hitlers_Cum

    which is the best and most practical song to jerk off/flick the bean to? discuss

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SoaringScout

    adding vaporwave elements now would be like adding a bunch of wubs in 2012. seems hip at the time but it will age like milk in a year's time.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nekosite

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

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ikesimo

    VERY GOOD!!! ;) (y)

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Liam_Millar

    1 2 3

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • super-pangolin

    @Treats4TheSOUL Manateen is soul crushing by default

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MetalurgPL

    Need a new album from these guys

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • conditionals

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

    27 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • phaserz2KO

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

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Psychedalex77 Find me a better HTB video. Protip: you can't

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • colderskin

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

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
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