Old Warhorse rides hard

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Chris Welch performs with Old Warhorse, a Denton six-piece that mixes hard rock, soul and blues. The band plays Friday night at Hailey’s Club.

Local band mixes blues with grit and rock’s hard edges

 

Old Warhorse is a rough outfit.

The Denton six-piece swills fire and gravel and spits out both en it takes the stage. Expect roadhouse blues-rock hopped up on testosterone during the Friday night “Back to School Bash” at Hailey’s Club.

The musicians don’t do spectacles on stage, but the intensity of their blues punch doesn’t suffer for it. Guitars pour on white hot (and sometimes raging) noise, the bass grooves hard and the drums beat like all get-out — and that’s just on the slower, laid-back songs.

When the Warhorse picks up its gait, get ready for a serious soul dust-up. In fact, if your hearing’s sensitive, bring earplugs.

The band is a newer local outfit, established last year. But members have paid their dues in bands like Pinebox Serenade and Spitfire Tumbleweeds, and Old Warhorse has been busy playing Dan’s Silverleaf and other Texas beer joints.

Local university students who want to ring in the new school year properly can find a scene to match their intent at Hailey’s Club. Students be warned: Old Warhorse is a beer and whiskey band.

Who’s in the band: Chris Considine, Kody Jackson, Patrick Newkirk, Chris Ott, Damian Sisca and Chris Welch.

Details: Old Warhorse shares Friday’s bill with Tony Ferraro and the Satans of Soft Rock, H.I. Jr. and Hares on the Mountain. Hailey’s Club is at 122 Mulberry St. Doors open at 9 p.m., and cover is $5.

Good with: the last, high-octane piece of summer break before a semester of calculus.

Sounds like: ZZ Top drank a lot of Kentucky bourbon and is spoiling for a fight. With brass knuckles and brickbats.

— Lucinda Breeding

 


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