They had us at that song title. There’s something gloriously ‘Almost Famous’ about it – completely content in its own preposterousness. It sounds like a song request last shouted in a sun-soaked festival field in 1970. It’s a title of faded denim and big sunglasses – perhaps a perfect introduction to London four-piece la HORSE.
Having premiered on Radio 1’s Rock Show last night, we’re delighted to premiere ‘Nothing From The Monkey Is Free’, the group’s intoxicating debut single. Right from the get go, as whirlling organs dance with solomn guitars, it’s clear that the sound is fitting of the title. There are hints at psychedelia, big swathes of rollocking guitar riffs and the glue that holds it all together – Tom Beecham’s captivating vocal. His voice sits in an upper register, laced with a sinister twang and a charismatic delivery, adding a devlish charm that helps elevate la HORSE well above the usual psych-rock fare. This is, in essence, the song that Arctic Monkeys have been trying to write ever since they decided that spikey indie was boring.
Get to know la HORSE, because we have a feeling we have a real thoroughbred on our hands. Listen to ‘Nothing From The Monkey Is Free’ below.