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Hot One EP

by One Horse Pony

Alt-Roots from Ireland's Deep South. Deeply influenced by the hard edges of delta blues, gospel harmonies, Irish history and traditional instrumentation.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Muddy Waters
3:43 $1.14
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2. The Rocks Are His Written Words
3:30 $1.14
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3. Curious
3:17 $1.14
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4. Hot One
3:28 $1.14
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"From Ireland’s deep south prepare to fall further for the rootsy charms of One Horse Pony as they get set to release their EP ‘Hot One’

Hot on the heels of their stomping debut single ‘Muddy Waters’ Cork band One Horse Pony return with the release of their debut EP, produced by Gavin Glass, and its title track ‘Hot One’. With a string of Irish dates in support of the new single, ‘Hot One’ combines the rough edges of the blues, the attitude of RnB, the harmonies of Gospel music and the instrumentation of Irish Traditional music to create something modern and contemporary."

"We thought we were at Church!" Jimmy Carter, Blind Boys Of Alabama
"A Must-Listen" Hotpress Magazine
"This is an amazing live band." John Creedon RTE

Thanks for checking out our new EP. As I'm sure you can imagine, it has been a labour of love from start to finish, and it's with a pile of excitement, no small amount of pride, and even a little hint of nervousness that we present it for your listening pleasure. I feel that this four song offering gives a great account of tying all that influences us as a band (and probably us as individuals too) into one package. Speaking as a songwriter, it probably gives away a little bit more of what's going on in my head than I'd comfortably admit, but that may not be a bad thing. It certainly captures the fun and energy of a live performance, tempered with the care and attention that studio hours can lend.

While the idea of recording these songs was bouncing around for a while, it was meeting producer extraordinaire Gavin Glass that set things in motion and it was in the chilled-out rooms of his Orphans Studio that these songs really took shape. Over the week of primary tracking, the studio took on the air of a family home. The kitchen was where cups of Barry's tea (the lifeblood of any recording session) were demolished in their thousands, However, I digress, back to the studio: The walk between the live room and the control room was flanked on both sides by beautiful vintage guitar amps and funky outboard gear. All too often, it seemed easier to examine these elderly tweed and tolex behemoths rather than present oneself in the control room to hear the verdict of the last take.

The songs featured on this recording feel like family members in their own way, with personalities and quirks nobody expected them to have. 'Muddy Waters' is a obviously a tribute to the great man in question, but also a bit of a nod to the strength that can be gleaned from tough times. I have, like everyone else, turned to my favourite music for stability and comforting during times of sadness, and it has always succeeded in eventually putting a spring in my step

'The Rocks Are His Written Words' was a really fun project. This song started life as a poem by the Irish poet and patriot Joseph Mary Plunkett, and around the time of the centenary of the 1916 Rising was when we started experimenting with it. The words of the poem "I See His Blood Upon The Rose" remain virtually unchanged in their transition to lyrics, but we gave the whole thing a Gospel treatment, as befits its tone and subject matter. Gospel is a big part of our musical DNA, and Gavin's instinct for what a song needs was able to drive it home with a wild Hammond organ part.

"Curious' represents our only recorded instrumental to date, and was great fun to record. Kevin tells me that it relates to an incident when his curiosity was questioned by a friend and had to admit guilt. He wrote the piece as a thank you to her and for the reminder that we all need to keep curiosity in our lives. Musically, there's lot of the Irish traditional influence in this one, over some thumping toms and a nice gypsy jazz groove from Tim on bass. At Gavin's encouragement, I picked up my battered ES-335 and tried my hand at a rockabilly guitar solo over all of this madness, and the resulting track always puts a smile on my face.

Finally 'Hot One' bring ups the rear of its namesake EP. More trad influences and a honkytonk piano set the tone for a story I'll only ever be able to tell through song. The demoralising and condescending lyrics marks the first outing of an unreliable narrator in a song of mine, probably down to listening to a lot of Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett at the time. I think the connection between the individuals in the band can always be heard in the harmonies in this song, both on the EP and on-stage.

I hope you enjoy listening to this collection of songs as much as we enjoyed making it. And if you get the chance, be it on facebook, instragram, twitter, or at a show, let us know what you think of it.

sin a bhfuil
Rob


OHP would like to thank our friends and family for their love and patience. Thanks to Gavin and Peter, Molly, Barra and Grace.

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