I don't get it. I don't get the hype for this band. A lot of what is currently termed "hardcore" or "post-hardcore" leaves me wondering why it is so loved by some members of the alternative/underground press.
I'm a stickler for the "classic" hardcore sound - the "Loud Fast Rules" conceit embodied by bands like The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Minor Threat and countless other local punk bands that one comes into contact with when doing some tatty music-based 'zine.
By comparison, a lot of the post-hardcore bands have a certain pretense about them that I can't stomach. Maybe it's the fact that hardcore by definition shouldn't be aping Emerson, Lake and Palmer. It's not that I hate challenging music, but when hardcore bands go more progressive it sort of ridicules the whole notion of HARDCORE, doesn't it? It's either that or I'm just not a fan of some of hardcore's mutant strains.
Before you go and call me an old-timer, I'm 24. Now you can make fun of me for being too young to sound this old! Everyone wins!
HORSE the band should have sounded different from the teeming hardcore hordes. They're a "Nintendocore" band, Nintendocore being hardcore with electronic elements reminiscent of video games from the 1980s-early 1990s.
I like this subgenre as a whole, grindcore with electronic elements is becoming an increasingly prevalent (and welcome) sound lately. I'm disappointed with The Mechanical Hand, though. HORSE the band honestly sound like a generic progressive hardcore band with appropriate-sounding keyboards to me. I give them credit for carrying the Nintendo imagery as far as it can possibly go, but HORSE the band are not exactly as experimental as the PR material makes them out to be.