Preview: Mail the Horse at Neighborhood Theatre with The Loudermilks and Pullman Strike

By Elizabeth Thomas 

July 10, 2015

New York isn’t typically the state that comes to mind when you think of folk-rock, but maybe it should be. Brooklyn-based Mail the Horse is bringing their unique sound to Charlotte this weekend, rocking The Neighborhood Theater in NoDa with supporting local acts The Loudermilks and Pullman Strike.

Mail the Horse was born when longtime songwriting partners, Michael Hesslein and Michael “Donny” Amidon, along with Brenden Smith and William Lawrence, who make up the rhythm section, “bonded over a love for timeless rock and roll and skewed, harrowing outsider folk music,” their website states. It was several years later when the guys met Chris May, who rounded out Mail the Horse’s sound on the pedal steel guitar.

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The quintet’s latest LP, “Planet Gates,” dropped in June to acclaim from various reviewers, including the likes of SPIN.com.

The LP’s first single, “Holy Motel Magic,” starts off with a sound reminiscent of Alabama Shakes. The track opens with crisp guitar riffs that take the listener back to a simpler time, decades ago, with a modern take on an old sound. But, as soon as the vocals kick in, garage-grunge comes to mind.

That said, don’t come to the show expecting a performance in line with Nirvana or Alice in Chains. Think modern blues-rock meets folk, dunked in a vat of cool, velvety, timeless rock and roll.

Traveling all the way from the Empire State, Mail the Horse is an act you won’t want to miss. Their fluid instrumentals and fresh vocals will complement their fellow performers and will be a treat for the music lovers in the Queen City. Mail the Horse will be sharing the stage with Pullman Strike, who will be marking and celebrating five years of making music together. Finishing out the line-up is The Loudermilks, also of Charlotte, bringing sweet Southern harmonies and folky-fun to the stage.

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