Dead Horses & Benjamin Jaffe (of HONEYHONEY)
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:15 PM / Show 7:15 PM
Hailing from the fertile land of Wisconsin, Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff met as youths who shared a similar sense of disenchantment after dropping out of college (and finding footing outside of their family’s evangelical rhetoric). Forging ahead on their own, acoustic instruments in hand, they haven’t looked back since meeting nearly a decade ago, and have traveled most of North American in the process.
First introduced on a national scale through tours with friends including Trampled by Turtles and Mandolin Orange, Dead Horses have performed on such legendary stages as Red Rocks Amphitheater, and at festivals from Northwest String Summit to Red Wing Roots, Red Ants Pants to Bristol Rhythm and Roots.
Known for frontwoman Vos’ “aching, haunting vocals” (No Depression) and “evocative, empathetic storytelling” (NPR Music), Dead Horses’ sound bridges indie folk and their own Midwestern approach to Americana. Lyrically, the band explores the human condition from personal musings to observations of the current American experience, taking notes from every person and city they meet along the road.
Their critically acclaimed third album, My Mother the Moon, earned profiles from Billboard to Noisey to Democracy Now!, spots in Folk Alley’s and No Depression's "Best Folk/Roots Albums of 2018" lists, and Rolling Stone Country declared them an "Artist You Need to Know."
And it seems word made its way to London, as The Who selected Dead Horses as one of a handful of U.S. bands to open for them on their symphonic Moving On! tour this fall.
Currently completing a residency at a monastery in Northern Wisconsin, Dead Horses are in the process of releasing a series of singles, including “Family Tapes” and “Mighty Storm,” which exemplify the duo’s intimate and dynamic approach to songwriting, but also experiment with ambient sounds and textures, which color an abstract landscape compared to 2018’s deeply realistic look at loss in My Mother the Moon.
Years before he hit the road as one half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Benjamin Jaffe kickstarted his career as a solo artist. He was a young Massachusetts native living in Los Angeles, rolling his sharp songwriting, multi-instrumental chops and vocals into songs that were honest and experimental. A decade later, he returns to that career with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love his first full-length release as a solo artist.
Trading the rootsy stomp of HONEYHONEY's three albums for an indie-alternative sound, Jaffe widens his approach with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love. These songs make room for a broad range of influences, from the polyphonic rhythms and improvisational freedom of jazz music to the soul and swagger of Motown. There are R&B ballads like "Everlasting Peace," where Jaffe layers his voice into gorgeous stacks of multi-part harmony, and dissonant rockers like "Dominator," where he shines a light on his skills as an inventive electric guitarist. Throughout the tracklist, Jaffe plays nearly every instrument himself, bouncing between drums, keyboards, bass, and guitar. The result is an album that doubles not only as a rejuvenation of the career he put on hold years ago, but also a showcase of the chops he's sharpened during his time with HONEYHONEY.
For the record, HONEYHONEY's time is far from over. Jaffe and bandmate Suzanne Santo both appear as recurring characters in the new TBS series The Guest Book, doubling not only as member of the show's cast, but as musical guests, as well. They perform in each episode, with Jaffe producing much of the material. While the band temporarily scales back its touring operations, though, Jaffe restarts his solo engines, exploring a sound he only hinted at during his busiest years with the band.
Inspired by a wide of sounds and texts — including Paul Simon, Beck, Randy Newman, Father John Misty and The Essential Chuang Tzu — Oh, Wild Ocean of Love explores the wreckage left by a relationship that's poorly-defined and headed south. It's an album about the full spectrum of love: love for yourself, for others, and even your maker. An album about lessons learned. An album about the realization that even in these chaotic times, it's ok to relax. Meanwhile, Jaffe continue to broaden his career beyond the confines of the recording studio and the stage. He composed, recorded and produced the film score for Joy Joy Nails, a short film that screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, building on a resume in TV and Film that includes work on the cartoon, “Spongebob Squarepants” and various other shows and films. He also continues to find charitable avenues for his music, years after HONEYHONEY performed alongside the high-school symphony of Jaffe's alma mater in order to raise money for the school's arts program. Oh, Wild Ocean of Love is the latest chapter in a story that's still being told, and Jaffe has rarely been so compelling.