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Thunder Horse committed to vinyl

Dave Crow shuffled by Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to talk about and share the music from his latest group Thunder Horse with Steve-O and the scribe for this week's edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium!" A pair of his bandmates, Stephen Bishop and Jason West, joined via the ancient technology called a telephone.

Crow is tackling the 12-string bass, with Bishop on guitar and lead vocals; West on drums; and lead guitarist T.C. Connally. Bishop said the combination came together out of the desire to "get back to my roots" and to put together an album intended for vinyl. Their self-titled debut album was first reviewed in this here column and, man, it holds up.

"We got the record recorded, mixed and mastered sometime in early summer," Crow said. "We decided to go ahead and get some CDs made but our initial plan was to get it released only on vinyl. Fortunately, we did have some CDs made." 

Live shows are picking up and the hype is building. Although they've performed in the San Antonio, Texas, area where most of the band is based, Crow said things may expand soon. Their next show is also a lead in to something cool

"We have an upcoming show Dec. 30 at the Amp Room in San Antonio and this is going to be our vinyl release," Crow said. "The cover was done by Pig Hands. We all think he did just an incredible job."

The band's first video picked up a lot of steam: •Thunder Horse — "Blood Ritual" — https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X4DG7xqwqfk.

You heard their latest offering, played from record, on the show. The video is pretty powerful: •Thunder Horse — "Demons Speak" — https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X4DG7xqwqfk.

"Both of these videos are produced by artists 77, Kim Connally, who is actually our guitarist’s wife.," Crow said. "She does an absolutely incredible job."

Word is getting out. Thunder Horse has moved up some online Doom genre charts and a review is due out this month in the legendary "Metal Hammer" magazine.  The band's not resting on its laurels. Writing for the next album has begun with recording pegged for early 2019.

"We are all very excited about each other songs, and can’t wait to get going on the new record," Crow said. 

The self-titled record is available, (download only), on all digital outlets, and on the Thunder Horse bandcamp site, and CDs are available at all shows.

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A Nov. 29 concert stop by Manchester Orchestra at Oklahoma City's Diamond Ballroom provided an indie rock avalanche of sonics and majesty with one of the best sounding live shows I've attended.

The night led off with Brother Bird who captivated with a dreamy blend of elegant alterna-rock for this age. They're definitely a group to watch.

Tour co-headliners, The Front Bottoms came next. With a "Cheers" motif, including functioning bar on stage, this New Jersey band received a lot of love from the audience, who joined into their Weezer by-way of Violent Femmes indie/pop/punk rock chorus on "Peace Sign." The sing-along chorus of "The Beers" created magnetic smiles.

As Manchester took the stage, a hush joined the quiet opening to "The Maze"; the backlight band entered its element. Fan faves "The Moth," "The Alien" and "Shake It Out" upped the energy to nuclear levels. The roar of "Simple Math" came from guitars as much as the heartfelt audience voiced chorus, providing a mesmerizing live music moment.

The perfect blend of hard driving music and angelic voiced singer Andy Hull converged on "Cope" to prove why this band is one of the best of this age. Their latest single "The Gold" cemented that place for a group connected with its audience as closely as any I've caught live. 

The all-too short encore provided a perfect landing orchestrated by a masterful band:  •Manchester Orchestra — "100 Dollars" — https://youtu.be/Ex6X1vTmDyo.

Manchester Orchestra is unlike any philharmonic you'll find. Maybe, like most great new music, you just have to seek it ... or let it overtake you. 

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With Crow stopping in and his bandmates calling in to visit for this week's edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, a lot of laughs and great music followed. This was one for the ages. Serving as a surrogate Saint Nick, Crow gave the columnist a signed copy of the Thunder Horse record. Thank you, sir!

Jokey enjoyed some wordplay for this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“The latter.”

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