The Chocolate Horse – Beasts

Jason Snell is the heart, brains, lead singer with a voice dipped in honey, and founding member of The Chocolate Horse. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a one man band.  Every member makes an important contribution. Nothing about their music is formulaic.  They are all over the place and nowhere at the same time, if you catch my drift.  Beasts is their third full-length album and it features every musical influence that all six members of the band have ever had in their existence on this planet.  Hey, come to think of it, maybe they are from another planet….nah, just from that odd city in the U.S. called Cincinnati.  Cool riffs and angelic harmonies (perfect example is “Escape All Responsibility”) form the back bone of the album that is trying to please fans of various musical styles.  Trying to stand out from other bands they don’t only rely on the guitar, drums, bass formula.  You will hear non typical instruments like the banjo (ok, not that unusual, but wait for it!), vibraphone, bowed saw, flute, and ocarina (impressed now?).  It is really these touches that separate the album from the tons of other bands that churn out similar sounding fare.

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