After six successful years Fleet and Frimley-based three-piece Hold Your Horse Is play their final gig at Aldershot’s West End Centre on Friday April 25.
Hold Your Horse Is are a powerful, relentless riff machine whose angular pop songs are gloriously invigorating.
With one album, 2012’s Frimley, released on their own Apres Vous label, three EPs and three singles, HYHI have amassed an impressive back catalogue.
Good Hustle, released in 2008, and Everyone Runs Faster With A Knife, from 2009, helped create a formidable reputation furthered by airplay on BBC Radio 1 – from Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens – XFM and BBC 6Music.
That was followed, in 2009, by six-track EP Rammin’ It Home on the Big Scary Monsters Recording Company, which received great reviews in RockSound and ArtRocker magazines. The BBC also made Welcome To Obscurity its Tip of the Week, with the band featured in Front and Guitar magazines.
The band – Robin Pearson, Chris Rouse and James Penny – said of their decision to split up: “We set out to make the music we wanted to hear and enjoy ourselves. It feels good knowing that some of you have dug it as much as us. We feel we’ve achieved and done so much more than we ever planned.
“We’ve played over 200 shows from Falmouth to Thurso, once did three festivals in one day, slept on countless floors and had songs played on Radio 1. We still find it nuts that people as far away as Japan, the USA and Australia have even heard of us, let alone ordered our CDs and T-shirts! Along the way we’ve made some truly awesome new friends. As a farewell gift we’ve got more songs to release before the end, we’re very proud of them and can’t wait to play them live.”
Support is from Freeze The Atlantic, a local rock ‘supergroup’ featuring former members of Reuben, Hundred Reasons and Archie and the Instincts. The archetypal modern rock band, Freeze The Atlantic create colossal waves of layered guitars and soaring melodies.
Tickets cost just £2 in advance or £6 on the door.