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Horse Flies Band Biography -
|Horse Flies have released eight albums: "Gravity
Dance" on MCA, "Human Fly" on Rounder/MCA, "Chokers and Flies" on
Rounder, "In the Dance Tent", "Two Traditions",
"Until The Ocean" on Pest Control,
"Where the Rivers
Flow North" score for the film of that name, on Alcazar Records, and
"A Stranger in the Kingdom" another film score. They have also
appeared on a number of compilation recordings. Both "Human Fly" and
"Gravity Dance" reached the top 40 on the Gavin and CMJ charts, and
reviews and articles on the band have appeared in major publications
such as Rolling Stone, Musician Magazine, The Boston Globe, The
New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, New Musical
Express, and Melody Maker. Some members of Horse
Flies are now in a group called Boy
With A Fish.
Band Members -
Judy Hyman - violin
Rich Stearns - guitar, banjo
Jeff Claus - guitar, uke
Taki Masuko - drums, percussion
June Drucker - bass
Rick Hansen - accordion, keyboards
A band that's earned a buzz ... The Horse Flies churn out swirling, addictive songs, blending tradition with invention.
Eliza Wing, Rolling Stone
Much like Talking Heads in its early days, the Horse Flies combine musical and lyrical quirkiness with beguiling wit and intelligence on their second album, "Gravity Dance." Chief lyricist Jeff Claus may sing "I've tried psychotherapy, TV and beer / But sometimes I still feel like Van Gogh's left ear" one moment, but a few songs later he's tackling more serious concerns. Musically, "Gravity Dance" is a melange of rock, folk, and minimalism, all held together by Judy Hyman's haunting violin and a glove tight rhythm section. This is music that challenges the brain without sacrificing the groove.
Dan Kening, Chicago Tribune
New York has sired two of the most worthy acts of the recent past in
Jamestown's 10,000 Maniacs and Ithaca's Horse Flies. Addressing the
state of the modern world from close proximity but widely diverging
points of view--the Maniacs with their flint-eyed propriety, and the
Flies with apocalyptic imagery balanced by a sly wink--the two acts
wind up roiling the same stagnant waters: both flout pop's narrowing
margins to create challenging music, but without losing sight of
what has historically made pop such an enduring art form. In the
case of the Horse Flies this is the product of unfettered
imagination. It would be fair to say that this sextet has widened
pop's parameters with its two wild and wonderful recordings, 1987's
"Human Fly" and 1991's "Gravity Dance."
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