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January 24, 2013

Debut album sends High Horse to new heights


Niagara Gazette — 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.” 

High Horse’s album release party will take place on Saturday at The Tralf located at 622 Main St. in Buffalo. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance and $19 the day of the show and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, the Tralf’s website ( or through the band’s Facebook page at High Horse Rock Band.

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