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Bark Hide and Horn embark on "National Road" next week! Debut out August 12th via Boy Howdy Records.

posted Aug 8, 2008, 11:23 AM by Vu Nguyen
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FANATIC PRESENTS:

 

BARK HIDE AND HORN

National Road

(Boy Howdy)


Bark, Hide And Horn discover that a stash of old National Geographics can inspire some pretty great songwriting” –  Songs: Illinois (LINK)

 

“My brother is always talkin’ about all the dope things Portland has to offer and though I totally believe him, these guys really push the case.” – BBQCHICKENROBOT (LINK)

 

Bark Hide and Horn is a four-man folk-rock orchestra hailing from Portland, Oregon. National Road, the band’s first full-length, uses the full range of colors in Bark Hide and Horn’s sonic palette. Digging deep into a basement closet full of stringed instruments, horns, odd percussion, and old electronic noise-makers, the boys flesh out their live sound with rich orchestrations, choral arrangements, and sonic experiments. Inspired by Andy’s collection of old National Geographic magazines, the record tells a tale about Melville Bell Grosvenor, editor of the magazine from 1957-‘67. The grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, Melville was an innovator and (in Andy’s imagination) a madman. Possessed by the spirit of his grandfather, Melville takes a mystical journey through the perspectives of the silenced voices in National Geographic articles -- an enslaved honey ant, a lovelorn tree snail, the disgruntled wife of a staff writer, even Ham, the first chimpanzee in outer space. West Coast Performer explains, “In this way, Furgeson was much like fellow Portland storytelling songwriter Colin Meloy, able to stitch these ideas and their subsequent imagery seamlessly into catchy, sing-along pop.”  With its wide variety of voices and sounds, National Road swells up like our bloated nation, bursting forth as the singular vision of an up-and-coming band.

 

Since forming in 2005, Bark Hide and Horn has been invited to share the stage with notable artists such as Cave Singers, Norfolk and Western, Laura Gibson, and A Weather. Bark Hide and Horn’s National Road will be released August 19th via Boy Howdy Records and you can catch their dynamic, passionate live shows as they embark on the west coast roads for the next two weeks. Download MP3s and check out the full tour dates below.

 

IN THE PRESS

 

Bark Hide and Horn is a Portland-based fock-rock quartet, and they bring the zoological ruckus.  While their adventurous, acoustic and brass aesthetic is cool enough in its own right I can’t help but adore the subject matter of their songs. They focus on the wonders of the natural world, particularly those aspects of it that were covered in National Geographic magazine from 1957-1967. Did everybody else’s parents have a stash of those too? I can just imagine them thumbing through those issues digging for material.” – Cable & Tweed (LINK)

 

“Their music has the heart and spirit of a gospel choir but, just the same, throws down the shuddery, haunted folk with class and authentic-feeling sincerity.” - Adam Gnade, Portland Mercury

 

“...an Americana meets ‘60s folk acrobatic act that tightropes over a clanging junkyard, and somehow manages to sound fabulously whole.” – Portland Mercury

 

TOOLS

 

a. MP3s: “TREASURE OF THE EVERGLADES“ | “TRUMPETER SWAN

 

b. BIO & HI-RES IMAGES: HERE

 

c. LIVE

08/16 Portland, OR @ Holocene CD Release Show

08/17 Sacramento, CA @ Press Club

08/18 San Diego, CA @ Chasers

08/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Kibitz Room

08/20 Oakland, CA @ Mama Buzz Cafe

08/21 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord

08/22 Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

08/22 Davis, CA @ Radio Appearance – KDVS “Cool As Folk”

08/23 Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's Garage

 

d. E-CARD W/ FULL ALBUM STREAM: HERE

 

e. E-CARD EMBED CODE: <a href="http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/barkhideandhorn/ecard" target="new"><img src="http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/barkhideandhorn/ecard/ecard-banner.jpg"></a>

 

f. WEBSITES: BARK HIDE AND HORN | BARK HIDE AND HORN MYSPACE | BOY HOWDY RECORDS MYSPACE

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