Dead Horses to release new album

Allison Prusha

Oshkosh’s own indie-folk band, Dead Horses, will be releasing their new album, “Cartoon Moon,” this May. According to main vocalist and guitarist Sarah Vos, the main vocal tracks on the latest album are all live. “I want to keep making records and playing shows and growing as human beings,” Vos said. “I want to make music that is interesting and that moves people.” The band’s webpage states the album release party will take place on May 6, and will embark on an album release tour which will find them at Meyer Theater in Green Bay, The Majestic in Madison and Turner Hall with Elephant Revival in Milwaukee. The band will be collaborating with Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers who will be playing the banjo. They met producer Ken Coomer in Nashville last May and decided to record the second album together. “It was absolutely incredible working with him on ‘Cartoon Moon,’” Vos said. “He helped us create a space where we could craft the songs and at the same time show ourselves in an authentic way.” Vos said in the past, she didn’t know how to make something with her music, so she enrolled in college with plans to become a teacher, but dropped out. “Looking back on it, I imagine we were all coping with different things in our lives,” Vos said. “Focusing on a musical project together was a pursuit that felt worthy of putting some heart and time into.” Vos said she and fellow Dead Horses members, mandolinist Peter Raboin and double-bassist Daniel Wolff all lend their voices to the songs, but vary in the instruments they play. “Musically, roles shift all the time depending on who is available to do what,” Vos said. Vos said in 2010, the group began to play on Thursdays at Oshkosh’s Brooklyn Grille. . “They have played at the farmers market, as they are always looking for family-friendly entertainment, as well as Becket’s Restaurant,” UWO alumna Kristen Kelly said. “I’ve definitely heard about them around town and now I’ve heard them mentioned on the radio.” Vos, Raboin and Wolff decided to become an official band about five years ago after winning the Greenlake Battle of the Bands. According to their website, the group draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, the Punch Brothers and Radiohead. “It’s Americana,” Vos said. “Although, we’ve certainly got some roots in bluegrass and folk, I think deep down we might want to be a rock-n-roll band.” UWO student Jay Spanbauer said he has known the members for a while and was excited when asked to play with them for a handful of shows. “As someone who has spent the last ten years playing in small bars and clubs throughout the state, it’s a very fun and humbling experience playing in beautiful sold out theaters.” Spanbauer said. “I’m looking forward to working with them for as long as they’ll have me.”