Horsehands has solidified both a unique sound and a place in the Boston music scene through frenetic live shows and recordings while remaining somewhat of a well kept secret among the musician and record-collecting sect. This band excels in disassembling familiar musical tropes and regurgitating them out in frantic, confused, frustrated form. The fragmented song structures have a fluidity to them that helps separate their brand of rock music from some of the more angular post-punk groups. While there are some jarring twists and turns here and there, the overarching structural themes reign in the madness. Guitar fireworks give way to a circuitous and impossibly dense rhythm section, accented by vocals taken from the far reaches of pop weirdness. Everything in a Horsehands song has its place, which is surprising given just how much is going on at any given moment.
Concerning "Snipers on the Stack" from their EP, Amble:
"…Horsehands snuck this monster out last summer on the Internet as part of a self-released EP, and local brains haven't been the same since. The band mean-mug through the first third like a grouchy gang of Steve Albini clones before the impossibly wound-up guitars make like busted jack-in-the-boxes, lurching out on rusty springs. This is David Lynch's cameo at your house show."
- The Boston Phoenix
"…[Horsehands'] contribution "What A Dish" has just about every key element of the band's DNA: dense and soaring guitar leads, heavy and proggy rhythm parts, wildly inventive song structures, and elusive vocals that seem taken from both human and extraterrestrial sources …"
- Boston Band Crush
"genuinely exciting and unpredictable music which is nigh on impossible to pin down"
- Sparks and Nerves
Former drummer of Montreal indie group Islands, Aaron Harris entered the Brooklyn scene in 2009 when he started Steel Phantoms. Jesse Newkirk soon joined the band, and the combination of pointed songcrafting and dynamic stage shows has been dazzling crowds since. The Harris/Newkirk duo melds elements from the history of proto-punk, alternative, and modern indie to reach wide-ranging territory unexpected from a two-piece. Nevertheless, Harris’s fervid vocals and exhilarating drumming joined with Newkirk’s aggressive, ethereal guitar make for a definitive sound throughout.