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On the Turntable: An Horse
Opinion: They may come from the “Land Down Under”, but these two know what’s up.
Imagine working at your just-okay-part-time job when you and your work-buddy decide to go into business together. Imagine that this new business takes you around the globe, where you meet celebrities, have incredible experiences and receive awards from Rolling Stone, People and Spin. For Kate Cooper and Damon Cox of An Horse, this is a reality.
The Australia-based duo met while working in a Brisbane record store and began making music together, when they realized how similar their interests were. Their first album, “Rearrange Beds,” debuted in 2009 on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Songs “Camp Out” and “Postcards” became fast fan favorites. An Horse’s most recent album, “Walls,” which was released last April, represents the band’s more polished sound. The album’s hit single, “Dressed Sharply,” is electric in sound and feel, and is my song of choice to sing to while driving in my car.
When I first heard An Horse, they were opening for Manchester Orchestra last May. I loved “Walls” from the first chord. I rarely ever buy complete albums on iTunes (college student = no money for music), but after their set, I knew I was going home to download both albums in their entirety. I would say without a doubt: An Horse is one of my favorite bands. Besides Manchester Orchestra, An Horse has toured with Tegan & Sara, Death Cab for Cutie, Cage the Elephant and Silversun Pickups, all of whom have shaped the duo’s musical journey.
You might be asking yourself, “How did they get their name? The incorrect grammar hurts to read!” (or maybe that’s just me, because I’m an English major!) The band’s title came from an argument between Cooper and her sister over which was grammatically correct: “a” horse or “an” horse. Cooper stubbornly insisted it was the latter, and her sister knit her a sweater in true Mrs. Weasley fashion with the words “An Horse” stitched across it as a joke.
As much as it may drag on some days, that part-time job you have could be the launch pad for a career you’ve always wanted and your work-buddy instrumental in making your shared dream of an awesome, fulfilling job come true.
Dressed Sharply by An Horse