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Grind

Grind
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Bathed in dim lights and fire baptized on well-trodden stages, A Deer A Horse wear the grime, grit, and gusto of hundreds of shows like a badge of honor. The band conjoins rock, metal, and punk in an unholy union praised by A.V. Club, Consequence of Sound, Village Voice, and Revolver who described them as “somewhere between the Melvins, Helms Alee, Red Fang, and Sleater-Kinney.” After stoking buzz underground, the group only sharpened their edges with unnerving melodies and cathartic dirges on their 2022 full-length debut album, 'Grind.'

The group initially congregated in New York City, and introduced this lineup on their 2017 EP, Backswimmer. Two years later, they recorded Everything Rots That Is Rotten with engineers Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax) and Johann Meyer (Gojira, Rise of the Northstar) at Silver Cord Studios—owned and operated by French metal band Gojira. Along the way, Big Business tapped them for a regional tour, and they quietly packed houses on their own. In 2020, they caught the ear of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash).

Touring out to Sylvia’s Ashland, OR studio in February 2020, they tracked the bulk of Grind, absorbing the energy of their live show.
“The meat and potatoes of what you hear on Grind is the sound of the three of us trying to capture our live energy,” drummer Dylan Teggart elaborates. “Each take was slightly different in terms of feel, tempo, and orchestrations, but the energy we wanted to capture—the primal scream of a band trying to make something of themselves—is there.”

“It was a playful and fast-paced recording experience,” recalls bass player and co-lead vocalist Angela Phillips. “Sylvia was very welcoming. She went out to dinner with us every night after our sessions and told us unbelievable stories of her career. It’s an example of how singular the recording was. It was great to have Jamie with us as well, because he could communicate some of our idiosyncrasies to Sylvia.”

Those idiosyncrasies pump blood through the heart of Grind’s. The first single and album-opener “Bitter” hinges on a snappy beat and menacing distortion. The vocals ebb and flow in fits of intensity and spite as Phillips snarls, “It’s bitter to be reminded of the happiness you’ll never have.”

“‘Bitter’ is largely about being given unsolicited advice on how to ‘better’ yourself from someone who comes from a perspective of privilege,” she reveals. “This song comes from my lifelong experience as a fat person constantly being given unsolicited advice on how to lose weight from people who have always naturally been slender.”

'Grind' will be available for release on vinyl and digital platforms April 8th via Bitter Records. The album will be supported by both North American and European tours.

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adeerahorse@gmail.com

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A Deer A Horse - Give It Up
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