One fateful night at what was once called the Oxford Zodiac two kindred spirits met, though most unlike each other on the surface, they found not only did they share fans but also ethics, both straddling accessible commercial territory as happily as more testing underground routes. These like minded souls were The Bay area’s rap troubadour Mc Lars and Oxford’s one band glam punk riot Smilex and they hit it off from the word go…
Next time Lars was in town they hooked up with only one goal: Make a hip-hop rock tune for the present/future and disperse all those bad memories of nu-metal also-rans and cheap cash-ins. The result is ‘Dead Horses’ a beat poet like vitriolic rant and an infectious, furious groove that marries the best of both acts and throws a few fresh flavas in the mix too!
As Lars says during his freestyle: “Get ready for the chorus it will blow up like a hectic explosion!
Smilex have built up a reputation as an exciting live rock 'n' roll band, gigging hard with the likes of The Datsuns, The 80's Matchbox B-line Disaster and The Towers Of London. Three releases on Quickfix Recordings (who brought you Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies’ debut) and a split single with tour-mates The Young Knives have earnt the band keen support from the likes of: Xfm, Drowned in Sound, Forward Russia and Ace from Skunk Anansie (producer of their forthcoming album).
MC Lars is a member of what he dubs the “iGeneration,” a group born and raised in the time of the Ninja Turtles, cassette tapes and new wave music, who now live in the age of Desperate Housewives, Sidekicks and screamo bands. Lars has spent the past two years building this group of fans, performing around the world with nothing but his laptop and lyrics. His indie EP has sold over 10,000 copies to a dedicated group of misfits, allowing him to pulse the mainstream through unexpected outlets like Rolling Stone and MTV News. All of this has led him to the decision to steer his own ship and to release the album on his own label (Horris Records) rather than fall into the major label glut.