By: Shelby Lum
The stereotypical laid back, guitar playing, indie folk bands are surely not a rarity in the aftermath of Iron and Wine, Citizen Cope, and others. Yet Portland natives, Horse Feathers, create a unique fission between the usual acoustic sound and classical influences. With two violinists, a cellist, and a pianist in their arsenal, Horse Feathers, is a far cry from your typical acoustic band. Most indie/acoustic bands will stick with the staple guitar, light drum, and even, fluid vocals, but Horse Feathers threw the unexpected, classical aspect into the mix.
After their formation in 2004, the indie band has undergone a few lineup changes, but Justin Ringle has remained lead singer. Ringle’s smooth vocals are reminiscent of Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell. Maybe there is a coincidence with their choice in band names. The bigger difference though, is the band’s often melancholy lyrics. Ringle and Horse Feathers has not followed the social norm of creating constantly up lifting lyrics, and as you listen, you cannot help but experience the same intense emotions.
Horse Feathers will take mainstage at Black Cat on November 15. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets can be bought for $15.