Live Review: An Horse at 205 Club
Not too long ago, band mates Kate Cooper and Damon Cox could be found working at an indie music store in Brisbane, Australia. Thanks to a chance meeting with Canadian twins Tegan and Sara, Kate and Damon’s band, An Horse, was introduced to US audiences last spring as openers on the duo’s tour. I recently found myself inside the shoebox-sized Lower East Side bar, 205 Club, eager to experience more of what I did back in May.
At a little after 8:30, An Horse took the tiny stage of the packed, candle-lit room. The crowd was attentive as the band opened with the song “Company” from their EP, Not Really Scared, and upcoming album, Rearrange Beds. With eyes closed, Kate sang at full force with arms swinging side to side. Her small frame commanded attention at the front of the stage while Damon’s voice quietly floated in from the back. They played together with confident ease and teased each other like siblings. As the minutes passed by, one song unfurled into the next, revealing perfectly molded lyrics and carefully written stories.
The short set was full of immediacy, yet it left time for the crowd to take in the addictive, foot-tapping beats and driving guitar riffs. With the time in between breaths, Kate mentioned that a fan had been nice enough to bake brownies for them, and joked that it had taken months to sail across the ocean to get to New York. Nine out of the ten songs off of Rearrange Beds were showcased, the highlights of which were the emotional “Little Lungs” (after which a breathless Kate attested that her little lungs were truly puffed) and the loud, bleak “Shoes Watch.” An Horse is a easy band to likeâ€”their knack for writing and performing leaves no space for disappointment. At their next show, they deserve even more brownies.
- Review submitted by Danielle Kramer.