When 7 of a bands top eight Myspace bands are interesting, eclectic and Songs:Illinois regulars (Norfolk & Western, Last Of The Blacksmiths and Dame Satan) then chances are that band’s music will probably share some of the traits of it’s friends and will probably appear in these virtual pages.
Bark, Hide and Horn is that band. Based in Portland the band is a trio that sounds like an octet. Band members jump around on stage switching instruments and beating on any object in the vicinity for percussion. While the band is rooted in folk, roots and blues they’re not afraid to add odd sounds, synths and electronic beats. “This Abdomen” features mournful mariachi horns that conjure up the recent music by Theater Fire. If you do listen to or download “Firefly” you’ve got to give it a good two and half minutes before the song really kicks in but if you stay you’ll be rewarded (with a Violent Femmes guilt ridden musicical tantrum).
P.S. On top of all of the regular wackiness that can be found in Bark, Hide and Horn’s music the inspiration for this new ep and for most of the imagery and characters found in the songs above comes from a stash of National Geographic magazines (circa 1957-1967) the band stumbled upon.