Horse Jumper Of Love – “Ugly Brunette” (Stereogum Premiere)

Boston slow-rock trio Horse Jumper Of Love make some cutting, visceral songs that are not for the faint of heart. As they prepare to drop their self-titled debut, they share a heavy-hitter in “Ugly Brunette.” This isn’t just some spiteful post-breakup empowerment. Though the song employs the band’s signature slow-build, the opening drum pattern has plenty of knock which hints at the heaviness to come. Then layers of the fuzziest guitars careen in, creating a delightfully distorted mess of energy. Lead vocalist Dimitri Giannopoulos’ churning delivery slowly drips all over the track like molasses from a spoon as he creates a melancholy mood loosely linking his non sequitur contemplations. Giannopoulos had this to offer about the song:

“Ugly Brunette’ is a song that stemmed from this memory of a t shirt I had when I was 11. I thought of that shirt randomly one day and how bad I felt about losing it and then I started listing a bunch of things I felt bad about when I was 11.

Man, this one holds some hefty gravity for a song about a T-shirt. Listen below.

Horse Jumper Of Love is out 3/11 on Gawk Records/Disposable America.