The Horse Theory Review

Matthew Gearhart, Opinions Editor

On October 22, the former band, The Horse Theory, released their self-titled album to the public through Spotify and iTunes. The band, which is now broken up, consisted of three Wash alumni, Wyatt Forster (guitar), Nathan Metzger (drums), Robbie Gearhart (bass and guitar), and Keegan Moore (guitar). Together, the band made 3 albums, ‘Vitamins’, ‘Extravaganza’ and now, ‘The Horse Theory.’ The album was produced professionally inside Flat Black Studios with Luke Tweedy, who produced and mixed the music. 

The album itself is a mash of inspirations like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Ween, Fish, Funk, The Velvet Underground, The Strokes, etc. To create a sound that is unique to The Horse Theory.  If I could describe the sound of this album, it would be melodic, full of vocal harmonics, and experimental, yet classic rock. It’s chill and humble pop paired with energized rock.

“We largely inspired each other, but then of course, we had our own inspirations,” said Gearhart. 

One of the most prominent and catchy songs on the album is “FakeBook,” which was a collaborative effort among all four members. It’s characterized by a light, airy harmonic feel to it, backed by a guitar riff that loops throughout the song. There’s a three part harmony between Gearhart, Moore, and Forster sends chills down your spine, which is accompanied by ominous guitar chords followed by sharp major chords. This is all built upon sweet bass riffs and fast, complex drumming patterns.

“Reoccuring riffs make the song more recognizable,” said Gearhart.

 “Moving through” is a beautiful and melancholy slow song that has an extremely catchy melody. Moore was the member who wrote it. The soft vocals definitely give this song a relaxed and warm vibe and is one of my favorite songs on the album.

“Cup” is a song that Forster wrote and brought forth to the band. What makes this song so unique is the violent quick strumming of the guitar with the distortion and “wah” effect creating this morphing, monstrous sound that almost sounds like a human voice.  This goes along with a very aggressive, yet steady drumming, that Metzger is able to change the pattern of so frequently. My favorite part of the song is the raspy and and unhinged screech in the later end of the song.

“The song “Cup” was about a guy who was a huge douche to me,” said Forster. 

This album and every song in it is deserving of a listen. All four members put forth effort into the sound of this album, so I’d highly recommend checking out “The Horse Theory” on Spotify and iTunes.