They Shoot Horses Don't They? Sent To Glue Factory

They Shoot Horses Don't They? Sent To Glue Factory
Vancouver’s jittery indie rock circus They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? have given their last waltz. On Saturday, the ever-eccentric outfit gathered in a Downtown Eastside dive for a fond-farewell performance, saying goodbye to fans, friends and likely even a few enemies.

Via They Shoot Horses’ MySpace page, bandleader Nut Brown had this say on the break-up: "Everybody seems to want to let it die. Everybody but me that is. But you know how things go. We all love playing with each other and still have a gas but now we all have different projects and plans... Sucks but maybe it’s for the best... who knows.”

During the band’s tenure, They Shoot Horses released two albums on Olympia’s Kill Rock Stars label — 2006’s Boo Hoo Hoo Boo and last year’s Pickup Sticks — as well as a self self-released EP in 2005. On more than one occasion, they took their traveling roadshow across the country and back again, seeking to leave their mark and win over those in the search of sounds a little left of centre.

Perhaps the band themselves describe best what they were all about: "They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? present[ed] us with a dark and violent world where people are readily exploited for the pennies that they might bring in from a viewing audience. Marathon dances last for weeks, even months, draining their participants of self-respect and gradually turning them into the walking dead.”