Horsehands to showcase its latest songs at Ottawa TavernWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Coffee is often found with Horsehands.
The music video for “Righty,” online now at vimeo.com, includes two pots and 38 cups of joe in the two-minute clip.
“We started going to thrift stores to get pots and were like ‘Oh, my God, we can buy like 90 coffee cups for like 50 cents,’” drummer Adam Sankowski said. He bought some of the tackiest mugs he could find, he said, including a handmade “World’s Best Dad” cup. “Their child obviously made them a ‘World’s Best Dad’ coffee mug, and somehow it ended up in a thrift shop. Isn’t that the kind of thing you want to hold on to?”
The band wanted to portray an image of a “raging party” with coffee instead of alcohol.
“[It’s] the rock ’n’ roll sort of substance abuse shtick but with our spin on it; we sort of abuse on a legal substance,” singer Nick Telles said. “The video captures 9-to-5 drudgery” and “running from place to place with no real direction.”
“The video took meaning like the craziness and trying to juggle everyday life with the beauty of pursuing art,” Sankowski said. “It was a really fun project to do because I think the meaning of the video kind of took shape as we started.”
The Boston band has been together for six years, but just recently released its first album “Sirs.” The album only includes all songs recorded with the three current members.
“It’s not as patchwork as the previous EPs,” Telles said. “It’s sort of a tongue-in-cheek way of saying ‘Here we are.’ It’s our first formal release in the way we want to be perceived.”
“Sirs” came out in February after a couple of years of work.
“We had to move at our own pace,” Telles said. “We were constantly writing and recording, but we probably have another album worth of stuff that we decided not to use.”
The album was self-recorded and mastered. It includes 13 tracks, including “Tin Horn,” “Shirts and Skins” and “Ocho.” The digital album is available on bandcamp.com for $5.
Telles is a married father of two, a 6-year-old and an 18-month-old. The upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Toledo’s Ottawa Tavern on June 22, will be the longest amount of time Telles has been away from his family.
“I’m a little nervous, but definitely excited,” Telles said. “We’re excited to go outside of our hometown.”