Horse Lords at Big Ears Festival
These Baltimore natives wouldn’t sound out of place at a ’70s Manhattan loft party: Horse Lords’s heady instrumental rock and winding polyrhythms take hold of Big Ears.
A four-piece band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Horse Lords dangle their ideas about 21st century rock music over the edge of a sharp cliff with relish. Using the just intonation timing system – the same system that giant of American minimalism La Monte Young used in his downtown Manhattan avant garde parties to create his signature atonal drone – Horse Lords use their modified instruments to deftly mess with convention, twisting electronic polyrhythms and modular synth sketches into their guitar, bass, saxophone and drum playing. Over the course of their three albums – 2012’s Horse Lords, 2014’s Hidden Cities and 2016’s Interventions – the group have developed a focused, hypnotic style of live jamming that has garnered them a reputation for formidable live performances.