The last eighteen months for sonic soul art rockers Dark Horses have been characteristically packed with both precision and abandon.
Having toured extensively in Europe and Australia as hand-picked guests for Beck, Sigur Ros, Tame Impala, Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dark Horses also performed a now legendary and riotous set at the Olympic Park’s Hard Rock Calling Festival. A personal invitation to join Noel Gallagher at last years Teenage Cancer Trust benefit soon followed, leading to yet another acclaimed performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In the meantime, the single “Radio” found it’s way onto the BBC 6Music A-list and saw the group win Artrocker’s “Single of the Year.” Dark Horses and Iggy Pop contributed a song to last winter’s A Psych Christmas album. Dark Horses’ version of “Hello I Love You” was included on a Doors covers album with fellow comrades Clinic, Black Angels and Dead Meadow. And lead singer Lisa Elle found time to gracefully perform guest vocals on Jon Hopkins’ Mercury Music Prize nominated album Immunity.
Not only have Dark Horses carved out their own niche of fanatical supporters, but the band has also won widespread support from NME, Clash Magazine, Artrocker, Dazed & Confused, Mojo and The Sunday Times.Dark Horses have recently announced their return with the release of single “Live On Hunger,” as well as headlining a mammoth 18-date European tour in support of their long-awaited sophomore album Hail Lucid State.
Produced by long time collaborator Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas), Hail Lucid State marks the Horses first release since last year’s sinisterly stunning and critically acclaimed debut Black Music. But Hail Lucid State charts new territory for Dark Horses. If Black Music was “psych-tronica opiated soulscapes,” Hail Lucid State is “burning anxious punk pop,” a progressive collection of tracks bursting with what are sure to be hit singles; their floating synths buried under a pioneering blend of Siouxie and the Banshees and T-Rex. Hail Lucid State is urgent, catchy, and irresistible.