Horseflies – Lucidity EP
Tracklist: Phantom, Fist, Embers, Pieces, Denial
If you’ve seen Horseflies play you’ll know there’s no holds barred in their high volume, frenetic live performances. There may be some surprises though on newly released EP Lucidity as it mixes up their purer punk sound with some more subtle melodies and guitar riffs throughout the different tracks.
The EP follows last year’s well received album Sea Control and further establishes Horseflies’ reputation for grabbing an assortment of influences and creating their own blend of well executed, raw, confrontational tunes. With hints of The Damned’s New Rose on opening track Phantom, the mood mellows on recently released Fist – promoted by Tom Robinson on the BBC Music Introducing Mixtape. There’s no doubting their appreciation for artists like Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu but Horseflies have brought something new to the table, making Lucidity a well rounded body of their music.
Very much a hometown production, Lucidity was recorded at independent studio Southsea Sound and will be the first release by locally based label Brutalist Records. Giving their debut the kind of opulence it deserves, a very limited edition physical release is available in the form of a cassette housed in a gold numbered tobacco tin, complete with badges, a numbered 70’s cigarette card and a download code.
Horseflies hold their EP launch party tomorrow (23rd March), headlining at The Festing in Portsmouth, hosted by Calamity Cratediggers. Get there early because the supporting cast is a strong one featuring The Howlers, Make Them All Smile and Dad Hair.
Other upcoming gigs will be on 5th April at The Loft in Portsmouth with Lower Slaughter, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons and Dad Hair and then as part of the Washed Out Festival line-up at The Green Door Store in Brighton on 13th April. Catch them if you can – take your earplugs.
Words and photos from Dials Festival by Siobhan
22nd March 2019