When BTRtoday reached A Deer A Horse by phone, they were laughing before the conversation even started.
Angela Phillips (bass/vocals), Rebecca Satellite (guitar/vocals) and Dylan Teggart (drums) were talking about how none of them are morning people and that Teggart should figure out how to crowd surf from the drums mid-set.
“Dylan could do that, he’s not a gigantic person,” Phillips laughs.
Each of them hails from very different parts of the world—Phillips from Texas, Satellite from England and Teggart from Canada—but they met, and blossomed into the metal rockers they are today, in New York City. Phillips and Satellite met in college through mutual friends and started jamming together, and Teggart answered a Craigslist ad the two posted when they were looking for a drummer.
“It was a match made in Missed Connections heaven,” Satellite said. “Just kidding, it wasn’t in Missed Connections, don’t worry.”
A Deer A Horse, “Cold Shoulder”
Phillips cuts in, saying meeting through Missed Connections would’ve been a better story. “We should probably start telling people that that’s how it happened,” she says.
The NYC rockers released a new EP Everything Rots That Is Rotten, earlier this month. The four-track EP is their most metal sounding to date—you would never guess that Major Lazer and Prodigy were some of the band’s main influences.
“I think that’s where some of our danciness comes from,” Phillips says.
They think it’s funny when they get compared to primal thrashers like The Melvins and Red Fang (though they’re fans of those bands).“I’m like, ‘What? You don’t hear Major Lazer in here,’” Phillips asks. On top of Phillips passion for EDM, Satellite is a lover of glam rock while Teggart is inclined towards sludge and stoner rock.
Teggart says the band is sharpening their sound and taking advantage of their eclectic musical tastes, with an air of making music that’s unusual, but relatable. “We want to make it weird, but weird and good enough that anyone can kind of get into it,” he said
Their present sound is angular and dark, with lots of attitude. Though their music paints a picture that’s mostly black, it’s easy to see yourself in it.
“I think everything we do is influenced by the present moment, but we don’t really write overtly protest songs,” Satellite says. “I think if you’re living through some crazy shit you should be reflecting about it.” “Yeah, we’re not trying to be the Dead Kennedys here,” Phillips adds. “But definitely our songs are influenced by what’s happening.”
They hit the road for a short U.S. tour in July, but in the meantime hear Everything Rots That Is Rotten in its entirety and the full interview with A Deer A Horse on this week’s The Music Meetup.