16 Horsepower - Hoarse [vinyl 2LP limited green]

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Live z Denver i Paryża, min. 3 covery - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gun Club i Joy Division.

Recorded live at Bluebird Theater (Denver, CO, USA), May 6, 1998.
"Horse Head" recorded live at Bluebird Theater (Denver, CO, USA), March 4, 1998.
"Fire Spirit" recorded live at Bataclan (Paris, France), October 21, 1998.

A 16 Horsepower live concert was one of the most intense musical experiences you can ever witness. While it is always difficult for a great live band to capture their stage brilliance on record, „Hoarse“ succeeds on every level. Apart from a great selection of songs from the bands' alltime classics „Low Estate“ and „Sackloth’n’Ashes“ they play three cover-versions that will make your jaw drop: „Bad Moon Rising“ by Creedence Clearwater Revival, „Fire Spirit“ by The Gun Club and a mega-intense „Day Of The Lords“ by Joy Divison.

From the first takes of the album opener „American Wheeze“ it won't take long until David Eugene Edwards, Steve Taylor, Jeffrey Paul Norlander, Jean-Yves Tolà and Pascal Humbert unleash their very own hell to the audience. In 1998 16 Horsepower were savage, clocklike and crushing - more machine than band but still filigree and in fact greater than the sum of its parts: "Even more raw and incisive than on its studio releases, the band tears into the songs with manic precision and rugged ferocity. Obviously recorded without overdubs or studio tinkering, the 53-minute show is short by today's standards. But the primal power and gut-wrenching emotion exuded on every track are not something that can be sustained over the long haul. They're not joking when they title one of their songs "Brimstone Rock"; the dark religious imagery meshes with standup bass, drums, and two guitars (with Edwards' occasional banjo and bandoneon) to create a torrent of sound. Similar to gospel, 16 Horsepower is unsettling live, where their drama and tension run thick, heavy, and uncut." (All Music Guide)

Having the one and only David Eugene Edwards as their charismatic frontman did not damage to their reputation: He's performing The Gun Club’s „Fire Spirit“ with Bertrand Cantat (Noir Desir, Détroit) in a thrilling version which proves equal to the original and sings Joy Division's „Day of the Lords“ as if it was his own creation in ways that makes your flesh crawl.

Take the feedback driven and monumental „For Heavens Sake“ with its cutting Slide Guitar or „Horse Head“ - the most quiet song from the album - for instance and you'll see the incredible quality of 16 HP's songwriting. The last named song is truly a melancholic masterpiece characterised by the amazing interaction of Jeffrey Paul Norlander’s Violin and David Eugene Edwards‘ querulous voice. If you you've ever listened to the studio recordings of the eight original songs of „Hoarse“ you really need to hear these live versions. Every song transforms to a higher level than its original. Evolution, that's truly one of the main trademarks of the band from Denver, CO that split up in 2004. 16 HP never really finished the process of writing a song, neither did they repeat!

If you've seen the band live on stage you'll know the magic of a 16 Horsepower show. „Hoarse“ is one of these rare live albums catching moments in its power and intensity. This album is the essence of 16 Horsepower, a record in a class of its own close to milestones like The Doors‘ „Absolutely Live“, Bob Dylan’s „Royal Albert Hall“, or Hendrix‘ „Band of Gypsys“. “Hoarse” will be released for the first time on vinyl as a two LP set plus CD on October 17th. The CD version comes in a deluxe digipak with new artwork, unreleased band pictures included.