Since Stabert's gone, we're no longer privy to her impassioned defenses of Bands With Feelings. True, she was often talking about acts who tread on Americana soil, but I agree with her in principle. Bands With Feelings, for all their cloying, navel-gazing weight, are great for getting you through life's little emotional pitfalls. They're even better when they put a rainbow on it, and there's nothing I like discovering more than shiny infectious pop about all the crap-ass crap that comes with having a human heart. (Not that I would know.)
An Horse is a band from Brisbane. They are loved by Canadian lesbian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara, if that gives you a jumping-off place. But they have the jangle and offbeat female vox of all that really catchy indie rock of the good old '90s. Bands like Smack Dab come to mind, or that Small Factory cover of the Lois Maffeo song "Valentine."
Of course, being indie doesn't mean you to have sound like total shit anymore, so An Horse, which I assume must be pronounced like "A Norse," are tighter musically and crisp as hell.
They play the Basement Saturday night.
Here's a track worth getting semi-obsessed with:
An Horse: "Camp Out"