Sonic Diet

WMSE Song of the Day (Tune In Turn Up): Horseback “The Invisible Mountain”

“[Horseback’s ‘The Invisible Mountain’] climbs from a tattered mess of overdriven bass and drums into a searing riff and for the next seven minutes works and claws at itself, drags itself onward…this has the weight of labour, of midnight toil.” The Line of Best Fit aptly described the Utech Records band’s 2009 release. This punishing but beautiful noise is not what one would expect from Chapel Hill’s Jenks Miller, if only familiar with his guitar work in the folk-y and pretty Mount Moriah, but this is what makes Horseback even more captivating. Miller’s guitar work is credible in both, but for very different reasons — makes sense that two of Miller’s main influences would be Neil Young and Tony Iommi. The wonderful drone qualities his trio which is Horseback are on full display in the title track from The Invisible Mountain and call to mind Mogwai’s “Batcat” with added black metal vocals. Catch Horseback live at Milwaukee’s Utech Records Festival, which takes place this Saturday, June 11th at the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth). Utech Records Festival features music from the Milwaukee label, including Locrian, Mammifier and a duo performance by James Plotkin and Milwaukee’s Jon Mueller. 7 p.m. 21+

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