As far as weird musical concepts go, ‘digital horsecore’ has to be right up there at the top. We were introduced to the theory by York-based one-horse-band Petrol Hoers – and there’s no way to describe it other than totally bonkers yet pretty brilliant.
Our first taste of this unusual sounding notion is latest single Horse Problems, which opens up with synth sounds then drops into huge shouted vocals “Have you ever tried to sup a cup of tea with hooves, Have you ever tried to drink a tasty pint with hooves,” which are followed by cries of “#HorseProblems.”
Low synths, then electronic drums come in under spoken vocals, then dives back into the shouty vocals “Have you ever tried to swing a cricket bat with hooves, Have you ever tried to play a round of golf with hooves, Have you ever tried to ride a motorbike with hooves, Have you ever tried to cast a fishing line with hooves.” It then drops into some spoken vocals providing some interesting advice, before repeating the opening vocals over darting synths and heavy guitars. Give it a listen below:
His previous single, Music Is Serious Business, takes a heavier electronic approach, with a whole host of unrelenting drum & bass sounds and shouted vocals. Check it out below:
Just to make things really weird, we had a chat with the man behind the… horse… to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Petrol Hoers?
PH: “That is me. I am a horse who lives on a farm in Yorkshire, where I have a nice comfy bed made from hay. I decided I wanted to make music so I bought a really big keyboard which I can use with my hooves and now I am a musical horse.”
GR: Very interesting. Our first taste of musical horses is your release of Horse Problems. What should people be expecting from the song?
PH: “It is an immersive sensory experience where you get to relive an extremely traumatic event from my past. Please do follow the instructions in order to truly comprehend my artistic vision. I wrote it because I think a lot of people have not considered that being a horse is really good and hooves make good noises, but they also have their downsides.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
PH: “Kind of like ‘NEEEIIIGGGGGGHHHH’ but it is difficult to accurately write it down. Oh my god, do you mean my music? That is more like noisy electronic punk – I like to call it digital horsecore.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
“I write music because I am a musical horse. I mainly write about horse stuff.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“The Portsmouth Sinfonia and Frank Sidebottom.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
“I am releasing my new albom (sic) Oh I Don’t Know, Just Horse Stuff, I Guess on Friday. And I am having a nice party in York with a lot of my musical buddies as a celebration. There will be a cake which I will bake with my own hooves.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
PH: “I hope you like it.”