Can Crowdfunding Deliver a New deadhorse Album?

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Photo courtesy of Rich Adler
Alpo, center, with deadhorse
Sixteen years after the release of their last EP, BOIL(ing), the stunning prospect of new music from Houston thrash gods deadhorse is now tantalizingly close. Last week, the band unveiled a Kickstarter page set up to fund the recording of the third deadhorse album.

When the band reunited two years ago (without singer/guitarist Mike Haaga, it's been noted), fans were slightly flabbergasted. New music seemed almost like too much to ask. And now Kickstarter! We are truly through the looking glass here. The crowdfunding site is still looked down upon by some artists and fans as plain old begging, but longtime 'horse bassist Allen "Alpo" Price says that the idea made too much sense not to try.

"To be honest with you, I had it mentioned to me by a couple fans," Price says. "To use it for what we're doing is kind of odd, I think, in general. It was a different avenue, but I'd seen it work well for other people and other projects. I really kind of wanted to see how well we could do, and it took off really fast."

The band is looking to raise $7,666 (natch) to record the new album, with the goal of having it out by the end of the year. That ain't chump change, but fans will be getting something for their money. In addition to scoring exclusive new merch like T-shirts and patches, backers will also be among the first to receive copies of the forthcoming deadhorse EP, Let Them Eat Horse, scheduled to be released this summer.

Limited to 1,000 copies, the EP will be the first new deadhorse material to see the light of day in a hell of a long time. Excited? The band is. Price says that after corralling the horsemen into the studio earlier this year to cut a demo, they were shocked at what they heard.

"We were very surprised at how good it came out, and we started thinking, 'What are we going to do with this stuff?'" the bassist says. "'Are we going to wait and put out an album later, and make our fans wait even longer to hear songs that they've been waiting forever to hear?'"

"We got it to a point where we agreed that it's good enough to release as an EP, and really kind of a teaser, in a way," he added. "It's almost a prequel to the full record."

Unless you pitch in on Kickstarter, you'll have to wait until July 4 to get your hands on Let Them Eat Horse. Don't be surprised, though, if you hear a preview of some new tunes this weekend when deadhorse headlines the Welcome to Hell Fest at Fitzgerald's on Saturday, featuring some of the band's favorite out-of-town acts like Austin's the Blood Royale and Beaumont's Etyma alongside local faves H.R.A. and Legion.

Price says that the new material is a bit of a throwback, sure to please diehard fans of the band's earliest, gnarliest days.

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