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Horse The Band Announce Tour With Black Light Burns
June 5, 2007
Nintendo-core innovators HORSE the Band have just announced a summer tour with Black Light Burns, the new project from Wes Borland, beginning June 8!!

Fresh off a successful headlining run in the spring, the men from HORSE are preparing for the release of their third all-new CD, 'A Natural Death', due August 28. In June, HORSE the Band will play a string of dates to show fans what 'A Natural Death' is all about.

“We posted a series of ads and pictures featuring dead wolves who were killed in an 'un-natural' way (i.e. by humans and technology). This is meant to explore the irony of 'a natural death' and make people ask themselves, 'What is natural?' Nature being murdered by man is paralleled by man being murdered by nature, which is a theme of our album,” says guitarist David Isen.

'A Natural Death' is about the futility and arrogance of creation and destruction, the overwhelming scale of space and time, and the brutal majesty of nature, the horror of birth and the beauty of death,” adds keyboardist Erik Engstrom. “Hopefully this album will serve as a warning to the human race to stop taking itself so seriously, as we have seen the dire consequences of its actions in the future."

Named one of Alternative Press Magazine’s 100 Bands To Watch, HORSE the Band will play as direct support to Black Light Burns. Don’t miss their one-of-a-kind stage show, and look for 'A Natural Death' on August 28!!

HORSE The Band w/ Black Light Burns:

6/08 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
6/12 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
6/13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
6/14 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Bottom
6/16 – Abilene, TX – Old Kelly’s
6/19 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Garage
6/21 – Orlando, FL – The Back Booth
6/22 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
6/23 – Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
6/24 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
6/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
6/27 – Augusta, GA – The Mission
6/29 – Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
7/03 - Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
714 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
7/18 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
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Live Band: Wes Borland: Vocals
Guitar----- Nick Annis: Guitar----- Marshall Kilpatric: Drums----- Sean Fetterman: Bass------- MacBook Pro: Everything Else---
Album: Wes Borland (Vocals
Danny Lohner(Producer

He’s been a) an underground metal mercenary, abetting the likes of brainy young upstarts From First to Last and He Is Legend, b) a fearless visual artist whose unsettling images will appear on his forthcoming cd and most famously c) the chameleonic lead guitarist for Limp Bizkit, who have sold over 30 million records worldwide. Now, for Wes Borland’s next trick, he’s putting on the guise of frontman, leading both a studio and live supergroup to even darker depths as Black Light Burns. And the new look suits him well.

Borland has flirted with his big post-LB breakthrough on and off over the last five years, first with the idiosyncratic Big Dumb Face, then with his brother Scott in Eat the Day before hooking up with bassist Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) and drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) in proto-industrial powerhouse the Damning Well, whose crushing Underworld soundtrack contribution “Awakening” featured Richard Patrick (Filter, Army of Anyone) on vocals. Now Borland has taken Lohner, Freese and sound designer Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) to super-producer Ross Robinson’s upstart I AM: WOLFPACK label and delivered Black Light Burns’ harrowing debut, Cruel Melody, 180 degrees from what you think you know about the eccentric axeman. From the post-Ramones surf rock freakout of opener “Mesopotamia” and the slow-build confessional spit of “I Have a Need” to the introspective, epic closing tandem “New Hunger” and “I Am Where It Takes Me” (the latter featuring the smoky siren call of Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano), Cruel Melody is one hell of a curveball.

“For the most part, [the record’s] more about melody,” Borland says. “It’s a big drums record, because Josh Freese goes bananas. A lot of it was thought about in terms of beats and attacking the songs beatwise. And the riff kind of followed second to that, if it was appropriate. “The record starts real aggressively, but toward the middle it gets a little more hurtful and hurting, lyrically, trying to express painful feelings, but still in an aggressive way. Then it kind of opens up in the end. And that was the purpose: to attack, then explain, then release and be done with it.”

Cruel Melody was originally going to be an esoteric, dirge-heavy solo project with a variety of singers, but as Borland started writing heavier material, he finally decided to take the reins behind the mike. It didn’t hurt that he got inspiration not only from Lohner, who doubled as the album’s producer, but Lohner’s famous former employer.

“I was talking to Trent Reznor, playing him these tracks in their infancy,” Borland remembers. “And he said, ‘You’re singing like somebody’s sleeping in the next room. You should try to open that up.’ You know, it’s really easy to do cool electronic music that’s instrumental and put soft vocals over it, but it’s a lot harder to write actual songs and have them hit people

With Cruel Melody locked and loaded, Borland’s planning an evocative new onstage persona for Black Light’s maiden voyage, boasting a live band with guitarist Nick Annis (Seether), drummer Marshal Kirpatric (Today Is the Day, the Esoteric) and, for now, a laptop to wreak ambient havoc. (“Screw it,” he laughs, “there’s a computer in the band.”) In the interim, he’s just striving to perfect his unique approach to making art.

“The paintings and the music kind of chase one another, trying to keep up with some other third element that’s the idea,” Borland considers. “It’s almost like when you see a little flash in the corner of your eye and you’re not sure what it was. My music and visual art is me trying to look really fast to see what that third thing was. I’m always trying to hit this place that gives me some satisfaction.”