Horse or Cycle – Flood Season [Album Review]

by Woody on August 16, 2010

Horse or Cycle is the latest band to be plucked out of our submission inbox and I’m damn happy to have found them. Hailing from Pittsburgh, the four-piece combine facets of Built To Spill and Magnolia Electric Co into a quality debut entitled Flood Season.

The band is led by Pittsburgh transplant, Liam Cooney, a classically trained cellist. Liam pens the songs and delivers them to the rest of the band (Rick Moslen, Chris Ryan and Steven Stens) and they collectively bring the songs to life and new heights. The formula works like a charm as Cooney has a voice that sounds like it was born for college radio and the trio does a great job of challenging him with the music – lots of tempo changes, spiraling guitars, and clashing percussion.

A couple of my favorite tracks include “Last Day on the Block” with its stellar introduction, “Two Hearts” with its chugging guitars, and “Dreaming About the Vineland” with a tremendous ending solo. I expect to hear more from these guys in the future. If you’re a Built To Spill fan, I would certainly check them out.

Horse Or Cycle – Two Hearts

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