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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Horsemen Pass By

Ross Gillanders from Scotland and Daniel Valle from Spain met in Cork, Ireland and formed the surf-rock band Beastmen in 2009. Later, the duo created Horsemen Pass By , an instrumental project inspired by cult films, spaghetti westerns, sci-fi and horror movies.

The band’s first album, Giallo, was release May 25 and is available for “pay what you want” download on Bandcamp.

Horsemen Pass By talked to The Spec about their long musical past and plans for a second album, read below to see what they had to say…

How long have you been making music?
RG: I’ve been playing guitar for about 18 years, played in shite bands until I was 21 and played in a pretty good one, then another seven years or so until Beastmen, leading into Horsemen Pass By a couple of years ago.
DV: I played in few indie rock and cover bands in Leon (Spain) where I grew up. I started to experiment with electronic music while I was living and working in Andorra. And I found Ross and Beastmen six years ago when I moved to Cork.

Who/what are your influences?
RG: For Giallo, the main influences would be (for me) The Knife, Ladytron, Fabio Frizzi, various soundtrack composers…
DV: I have a stupidly wide taste. As Horsemen Pass By, I would name Zombi, Umberto and Goblin, as well as Ennio Morricone and Mexican “son.”

How did you come up with your name?
RG: Well, we’d been in Beastmen and started with this as a side project, called B-Side Sessions, which is a terrible name. We had a song called “Horsehead Nebula” on another EP, so “Horsemen” or something seemed to tie it together. Then I was reminded of the epitaph on Yeat‘s headstone which includes the words “Horseman, pass by!” and thought it sounded enigmatic.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
RG: We’re working on the second album already, which is called The Town That Feared Sunset. It’s a lot more ambitious than Giallo, taking more of a spaghetti western type sound, so we’ve recorded choir already, with things like violins and brass to be added. We’ll hopefully have a nice long list of guest musicians on the back cover.

What inspires your music?
RG: Cinema and red wine and other bands I love.
DV: Music mainly.

Why do you make music?
RG: I suppose that I just want to do something original, and that I can be proud of it. I always preferred the thought of doing soundtracks for films rather than playing arenas or talk shows, but coming from a rock music background we’ve kind of approached this in a rock music fashion.
DV: Because it feels great when you build a song from scratch and play it and you like it and then show it to other people so they can like it too.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
RG: We always dress immaculately onstage.
DV: And we project clips recut from old movies.

 

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