WikiNut - December 6, 2015


Hard Rock Cafe Gets on a High Horse

Written by Sherrill Fulghum


A music lover can go out in most any city on any given night and find a plethora of bands performing “classic rock” music; but most of these “classic rock” bands have a very limited song list that features the biggest hits from some of the biggest artists...usually post 1980. This is not the case with the Niagara Falls band High Horse.


While the four piece band perform the hit songs by artists from decades past, they also performed some very recognizable lesser hits by those same artists. High Horse kicked off the December edition of Free Music Fridays at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls when they hit the stage on December 4.


Performing the music of Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, Paul McCartney and Wings, Todd Rundgren, the Beatles, Steely Dan, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton., High Horse took fans back to the days when rock and roll ruled the radio airwaves.


Playing two sets Peter, Chuck, Eli, and Sandy did much more than just play a few songs; with no specific set list the guys went with what felt right and offered the occasional album cut and featured solo performances. The night's entertainment did not include any REO Speedwagon or the obligatory “Freebird” request; but it did feature “Bad Love”, “I'm a Man”, “The Letter”, “Superstition”, “Let it Go Round in Circles”, “Do it Again”, “Use Me Up”, “Ain't No Sunshine”, “Pretzel Logic”, “Fire and Rain”, “Jet”, “Hello it's Me”, and a Beatles set with “Blackbird”, “Tax Man”, “A Day in the Life”, and “Something in the Way She Moves”.


The night may have begun fraught with technical difficulties; but after a little repair work, the room was filled with the sounds of good ole rock and roll the way it should be played.

Niagara Gazette - January 24, 2013


Debut album sends High Horse to new heights

Written by Vanessa Oswald 


When a band puts out their first album usually there’s a whirlwind of emotions that comes along with it. Fortunately, for the band High Horse, this journey is all part of the inspiring ride, with bigger and better things waiting for them on the horizon.


Band members Chuck DeRose (guitarist), Peter Vogt (vocalist) and Elijah Porter (bass) have been jamming together in various bands since 2006 and they decided it was time to form their own band after realizing the chemistry between them.


“The three of us were in a different band years ago,” said Vogt. “It was somebody else’s project and they wrote most of the songs. We had a little bit of hand in it, but ever since then we’d get together and play shows and we found out that we had a pretty good technique of working together.”


Then on New Year’s Eve in 2009 they welcomed Daniel Sturner on the keyboard and also added Sandy Belsky on drums in April of 2011. For the past three years, with change-ups made here are there to the lineup, High Horse has performed primarily for local crowds as a cover band, their sets mostly comprised of classic rock tunes.


As the band gained more confidence, they realized the potential of releasing their own material, which comes in the form of their upcoming debut album, “Escape From The Glue Factory,” being released Saturday at their album release party at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo. 

“It’s kind of like our coming out party,” said Vogt. “This is a big leap for us to come out with all original material. It’s kind of nerve-wracking because the scene isn’t like it was 10 to 15 years ago when there were 20 original bands around. So there’s only a select few of us that are delving into these waters. It’s a big risk.”


One of the benefits of having five people in the band is that they all have different preferences when it comes to listening and playing music, so they naturally all add something to the finished product that makes it diverse. Some of the band’s influences include Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, the Beatles, Rush and Chuck Leavell.   

“We’re definitely a rock band, but I think we incorporate a little blues, jazz with some big pop hooks,” said DeRose. “We definitely don’t sound like any one band which is a good thing.”


With most of the band growing up in Western New York — with the exception of Porter, who hails from Six Nations, Canada — they’ve had the chance to observe the evolution of the Buffalo music scene. 


“There are a lot of great bands,” said DeRose. “You got a lot of stuff going on with cover bands. It’s just tough because there’s not always the outlet for it. With me and Danny being working musicians, you really have to hustle for your work.”


As for the future, the band aspires to book more shows in mid-sized theatres in the area and hopefully even tour out of state after the release of the album.


“We really hope that people are going to like this record and its going to explode,” said Vogt. “We really hope that we can sell this record, have a good show, get good reviews and have everyone and their mother listen to it. I think there’s a song on here for everyone.” 

Nightlife Magazine - January 21, 2013


High Horse Rides Into The Tralf With “Escape From The Glue Factory”

Written by Gerald Ralston aka Willy Orbison


First, let’s realize that this band kicks butt.  High Horse was recently voted Best Niagara Falls Band in the 2012 Buffalo Night-Life Music & Club Awards (which by the way they also won in 2011). They are a diverse band with classic covers ranging from the Beatles, Steely Dan and the Allman Brothers to Motown, Jimi Hendrix, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Mayer, just to name a few.  And all are performed with a heavy dose of improv and capable musicianship.


Their fantastic live performances have won them a loyal fan base as well as awards, and now they welcome their debut release of originals entitled “Escape From The Glue Factory” to wrap your ears around.


“Escape From The Glue Factory” starts off with “The Rider”.  It sets the pace of the album with powerful organ and strong vocals.  You can almost see the horse galloping away from the glue factory. 


“Autumn Girl” follows, with a strong musical story.  Could it be the name of the horse breaking away?  As the fantastic keyboard/organ blends with vocals, it lets you become the one escaping, with piercing lead guitar.


“Clarissa” – Love this song.  There is a saying that any song that creatively uses a girl’s name will become a radio ready song.  This is true with this song.  “Clarissa” becomes a vision of beauty that everyone is searching for in their lives.   Guitar carries the keyboard and vocals.  When he finally succeeds in finding her, she’ll be gone.


“Sweet Baby Jane” – Great harmony is blended in a name that is not really the real name, but is the name everyone knows her by.  A mix of guitar and keys keeps the momentum of the song.


“Remiss” – A pleasant song that is another mix showing the great production talents of producer David St. Onge.  Never a dull moment on the whole CD.


“Gone” – This song has a very unique piano solo by Sturner in the mid area of the song.  I liked the blending of the keys and guitar, plus the strong vocals from Pete Vogt.


“Ballad of a Would Be Hero” – Repeated lyrics: “A would be hero is all I’ll ever be; Knight in shining armor, lost on stormy sea; washed upon the shoreline.” An enchanting sound of guitar takes you to the sea.  It tells a story with spoken words bleeding in.


“Stunner Rumbles” – Featuring drums and keyboards, blending in lead guitar with synthesized sounds.  Reminiscent of Santana’s earlier jazz days.  The Hammond organ sound comes out at the end of the song.


“Earthshine” is a project of all members, like a super jam of vocals and harmonized sounds.  Earthshine tells a story of the future of the Earth.  A mix of all members adding their blend to create a song that each get to put in its own ideas.  Written by Vogt, DeRose, Porter, Sturner and Paul Yates.


“The Emperor (Has No Clothes)” – A vaudeville beat of the 30’s.  Old time honky tonkin’ piano.  A fun song.


Almost all the songs are written by Pete Vogt and Chuck DeRose, produced by David St. Onge and High Horse at the Digital Barn in Ransomville, NY.