Horse the Band, et. al., Aug. 30, the Venue 

It's a banner week at the Venue. On Thursday, HORSE the Band, Bring Me The Horizon and Tera Melos open for the Fall of Troy (HTB's favorite band, according to their Web site).

HORSE the Band's new release, A Natural Death, hit store shelves on Tuesday, August 28, and with it, Los Angeles-based HORSE moves away from their Nintendo-core image (stemming from the band's use of a Korg keyboard and sounds reminiscent of a video game soundtrack), and pushes toward a more serious—still hardcore—sound

When asked how the fans are reacting to the new album, keyboardist Erik Engstrom said, "Our fans are psychotic. It usually takes them three months to get on board, but their reaction [to this album] right off the bat has been the strongest. Our fans have been so nice, and usually they're so mean."

"Our fans are like a cult. We do something once at a show, and they study video and talk to each other. At the next show, they're all doing the same dance."

Engstrom said A Natural Death is the band's most cohesive and varied release by far. They concentrated on relating the lyrics to the music and matching the music to the lyrics. "In a sense it's a departure," he said, "but it's where we're jumping off from."

This show promises to be entertaining and, who knows ... you just might learn a cool new dance.

Doors at 6 p.m., $12, Fall of Troy, HORSE the Band, Bring Me The Horizon and Tera Melos. The Venue, 521 Broad St., For more information on HORSE the Band, visit Be sure to check out their "hitlist."

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