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DARK HORSES reveal new single // Out on Crystal Castles imprint 'Last Gang'

posted Mar 23, 2014, 9:26 AM by Vu Nguyen
The last eighteen months for the sonic soul art rockers DARK HORSES has been characteristically packed with both precision and abandon. Having toured extensively in Europe and Australia as hand-picked guests for the likes of Beck, Sigor Ros, Tame Impala, Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the group 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 then followed, leading to yet another acclaimed performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

Meanwhile, the single ‘Radio’ found it’s way onto the BBC 6Music A-list and saw the group win Artrocker’s ‘single of the year’, while Dark Horses also contributed - along with Iggy Pop - a song to last winters ‘A Psych Christmas’ album. Dark Horses also added their version of ‘Hello I Love You’ to a Doors covers album with fellow comrades Clinic, Black Angels and Dead Meadow, and lead singer Lisa Elle found time to bring grace and guest vocals to the Jon Hopkins Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘Immunity’. 

Now Dark Horses have announced their return with the release of a brand new single ‘Live On Hunger' (out April 7th), as well as a mammoth 18-date headline European tour and news of their long-awaited sophomore album ‘Hail Lucid State’, released this coming May on the Crystal Castles imprint, Last Gang Records.

Again 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’. It also marks a whole new breed of Horse music. If ‘Black Music’ was ‘psych-tronica opiated soulscapes’, ‘Hail Lucid State’ is burning anxious punk pop, a progressive collection bursting with outright hit singles. Their floating transcendental synths now buried under a pioneering blend of Siouxie & The Banshees meets T-Rex. Urgent, catchy, and irresistible. 

2013 also witnessed Dark Horses not only carve out their own niche of fanatical supporters, but saw them win widespread support from the likes of NME, Clash Magazine, Artrocker, Dazed & Confused, Mojo and The Sunday Times.

‘Live On Hunger’ will be released on April 7th 2014 through Last Gang Records. The new album ‘Hail Lucid State’ will be released later this year, also through Last Gang Records. Dark Horses will embark on an 18-date European headline tour this March.

24th Mar – LEICESTER – Cookie Jar
25th Mar – SHEFFIELD – Greystones
26th Mar – NOTTINGHAM – Red Rooms
27th Mar – BRISTOL – Exchange
29th Mar – BRIGHTON – Sticky Mike’s
31st Mar – LONDON – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
02nd Apr – PARIS – Fleche D’or
04th Apr – ANTWERP – Bazaar Festival
05th Apr – AMSTERDAM – Paradiso
07th Apr – HAMBURG – Prinzenbar
09th Apr – STOCKHOLM – Bebaser Medis
11th Apr – COPENHAGEN – Beta
12th Apr – AALBORG – Studenterhuset
14th Apr – KOLN – Blue Shell
15th Apr – MUNICH – Kranhalle
16th Apr – VIENNA – Arena 3 Raumbar
19th Apr – BERLIN – Privateclub
21st Apr – ZURICH – Ed Dorado