An Horse Interview: SXSW 2010
Things have certainly happened quickly for An Horse. Since forming in Brisbane, Australia in 2007, the folky indie pop duo – singer and guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox -- have become bi-continental road veterans, conquering audiences through North America and their native land, opening for names such as Tegan and Sara, and Death Cab for Cutie. That was even before the pair released their debut album 'Rearrange Beds' in 2009. Cooper spoke with Spinner at 7 a.m., Melbourne time, while completely deprived of caffeine, ahead of the band's SXSW performances. She apologizes, saying her answers would be a lot more exciting if she'd had some coffee, but there's none in her friend's house, where she's staying. At least, none with caffeine and there's no point in coffee without it, she says. If it isn't real, Cooper wants no part of it. Which pretty much sums up An Horse's earthy barebones pop ethic.
Describe your sound in your own words.
That's a really difficult question. The word I would use to describe our sound is honest. Well, I think we sound really heavy metal, but I'm told that we sound like pop music. But as long as it's honest pop, that's fine.
You think An Horse sounds heavy metal?
Sometimes when we play I feel like we're a heavy band. I'm thinking, "Wow, this is brutal and awesome." And then someone will come up to us and say, "Wow, that's great pop." I'm like, really? I always think we're this huge heavy band and in reality we're pop.
Maybe it's that raw quality that makes you think that.
It's me still wishing that we were Fugazi.
How did your band form?
Damon and I are from