| HORLA | are an ethereal alternative rock band from Manchester, UK, comprised of Bassist/Backing Vocalist Josh Leach (Adelaide/Brahma Loka), Lead Guitarist Maximilian Mawdsley, British Session Drummer/Percussionist Rob Evans (Bipolar Sunshine/Twenty Twelve), & firmed and fronted by Nathan Howard (Previously represented by Brontone Management (MUSE/The Pogues/Jordan Allen/Embers).
Taking influence from arena sized rock behemoths such as Radiohead, Muse, Placebo, Arcade Fire with a love of the cinematic/soundtrack sounds of Sigur Ros/Mogwai. They combine bombastic and melodramatic music with haunting vocals, Statement lyrical themes & contemporary modern production.
HORLA formed in early 2017, refining an extensive back catalogue of songs and material whilst honing their unique live show and sound. The earliest iteration of HORLA came into existence whilst singer Nathan was playing in cinematic post-rock Manchester outfit Embers (under Brontone Management) and drummer Rob was carrying out session duties with emerging global talent Bipolar Sunshine. Josh an already well established and well respected musician in the Manchester scene was later recruited by Nathan along with session guitarist and teacher Maximilian. After an initial meeting the creatives began plotting and HORLA was well and truly born.
The band has recently completed recording their debut single ‘Into The Void’ way for global release on 13th April 2019 & a short music film written by HORLA to accompany the track to follow on the 6th May. The track was Produced by Mark Winterburn at Edge Studios / Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walter (The Cure,U2, David Bowie). The track is a true statement of intent designed to place the listener on the dock, question and transport them to another stratosphere.
“Into The Void is a song about feeling lost and confused, anger at social hierarchy and feeling a total loss of identity. Constantly at war with oneself and society's fractured infrastructure and the need to escape our own vices. Our voices are never heard as we are oppressed by the pressures of the world we can’t control. It’s One last gasp at saving yourself. 'Why do we all sing, When we have no voice' & 'This is all I have left'. Therefore we are entering the void - the unknown- the deeper we Search the more frightened and lost we all become. But salvation and resistance is near... “.
“Into The Void” being the bands rallying battlecry, along with tense live opener and album interlude piece “MONO 0.1”, also recorded with acclaimed producer Mark Winterburn (Don Broco, Plan B, Lily Allen, The Script, Five Seconds of Summer), other follow up singles Lifeblood, Stare Down The Walls & On My Way (To You) show much versatility and prowess HORLA posses.
Each release to be accompanied with a set of stunning visuals and an unforgettable live set, HORLA are here to assert themselves as one of the must see live acts around and are surely not to be missed, expect to see a string of live appearances announced shortly.
Radiohead, Muse, Mogwai, Arcade Fire, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brand New, Sigur Ros, The Cure, Joy Division