words by sammy maine
Manchester trio Hora Douse have been a little quiet recently. Due to work commitments and struggles with mental health, the band’s last release was way back in 2014, with their brilliant EP Crash. Their blend of math-rock and melodic grunge teamed with a relatable vulnerability solidified Hora Douse as a crucial part of the DIY scene in their hometown, producing songs of powerful tenacity. Over the past few months, these long-term friends have rekindled their creative relationship, recording with Nervus / Ducking Punches / Self Defense Family producer Bob Cooper.
The result is a triumphant, emotive return, with “Outgrow/Anything” proving to be Hora Douse’s best work yet. The song is described as “a statement on mental health, and its effect on personal relationships,” and it’s through frontman Tom Lee’s bold exertion that makes it a song of such impact and strength. This is a band that are unafraid to highlight the struggles of the every day and the difficulties in simply existing and it’s through this candour, that “Outgrow/Anything” establishes itself as an anthem for anyone still searching for an answer.
Opening with a hushed comment on loss before bursting into an urgent, anthemic swell, “Outgrow/Anything” is the personification of living with an illness – of experiencing both the quiet, constant sorrow and the frustrated, vigourous anger. There’s a refreshing integrity to being so open about both aspects and Hora Douse manage to encapsulate them with an immediate intensity. With backing vocals from Lucinda of Kamikaze Girls and a video featuring some of their best pals, “Outgrow/Anything” is a track that exposes our collective fragility and how we can often feel at our most alone when surrounded by the people we love. Watch the video in full below.
Outgrow/Anything is out today via Beth Shalom Records / Rose Coloured Records
Hora Douse on tour:
11 April – Key Club, Leeds(w/ Tiny Moving Parts)
12 April – JT Soar, Nottingham
13 April – Hydra Bookshop, Bristol
14 April – Washed Out Festival, Brighton
15 April – Label Market, Guildford (afternoon) / Sebright Arms, London (evening)
22 April – CHUNK,Leeds (w/ Gender Roles)