Members: Nathan Winneke (vocals), David Isen (guitar), Erik Engstrom (synthesizer/LSDJ), Daniel Pouliot (drums)
Horse the Band was started in Lake Forest, CA in 1999 while Erik and Dave were still in high school. The band booked its own tours starting the summer of 2002, including a 3-month tour spanning seven countries. Their highly energetic live performances, tendencies to play as many cities as possible while on tour, bizzarre on-stage antics, and off-kilter sense of humor eventually gained them a national audience.
Early 2008 saw the band planning a world tour that would hit 40 countries starting in early March. The band stated "we've become disillusioned, bad-attitude nerds and pariahs of the established music industry." They asked for their fans' help booking shows in most locations, with no plans of bringing other bands along on the tour. The band booked the tour themselves, and played mostly unpromoted shows in 45 countries, starting with Australia. Many performances were done without compensation. Some of the tour's venues hadn't been visited by western acts since Cannibal Corpse as in their visit to Belarus.
The band's line-up continued to fluctuate in 2008. In February it was announced that Chris Prophet had been fired from the band and Jon Karel from The Number 12 Looks Like You would be filling in on drums during Earth Tour. In July, 2008 the band stated that long-time band friend Daniel Pouliot of Bleeding Kansas had joined as the band's full time drummer. On Wednesday, December 3 2008, the band announced that Dash Arkenstone would be leaving the band soon, though he remains on good terms with the other members.
The band will write and record a new album in the first part of 2009 and tour in support of their new record. Brian from the band Thriller has filled in on bass during live shows and recently recorded alongside the rest of the group on their new record.
On February 2 2009, HORSE the band signed to Vagrant Records. In an interview they stated that this is a label they have been trying to get on for nine years.
Horse the Band's new album "Desperate Living" will arrive in stores the first week of September and was described by band members as "Taking a step back in time to The Mechanical Hand and evolving again from that point."
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