Release Date: Aug 12, 2016
Record label: Relapse Records
Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Jenks Miller's experimental Horseback project has been the aural expression of his many musical passions. He's traveled the spaceways, both inner and outer, with post-psych drone, doom, a distinctly American brand of black metal, Americana, and blasted boogie. Dead Ringers loops back and through many sonic terrains he's explored in the past while pushing through to new ones.
For a genre whose fans are so often labeled (sometimes rightly) as rigid constructionists, metal’s last few years have been marked by an unprecedented burst of boundary-pushing experimentation. While there are still staunch traditionalists, many of metal’s best minds are now dedicating ….
ROCKS LIKE: Locrian, Mamiffer, Earth WHAT’S DIFFERENT: The lone soul behind Horseback, Jenks Miller’s continued creative solitude has led him to incorporate broader dynamics into his slo-mo minimalism. 2007’s Impale Golden Horn may be a drone-scene fave, but Dead Ringers incorporates layers of Krautrock, acid-den psychedelia, indie rock, shoegaze and even reggae (!) to move beyond electro-acoustic, ambient lassitude. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: If you’ve shied away from drone music because of its sonic inaction, here’s a good remedy.
As Horseback, North Carolina's Jenks Miller originally walked an experimental black metal path. Now he's wandered so far into the woods he's left headbanging behind. On sixth full-length Dead Ringers, Miller indulges his appetite for electronics and repetition alongside psychedelic excursions. The motorik beat driving "Shape of the One Thing," sedate vocals of "Lion Killer," and dub production tricks of "A Bolt From Blue" replace power chords alongside his knack for memorable melody and six-string frippery.