The boundaries are non-existent. In the blur of an ever-growing music industry full of formulaic talent and short-lived careers - Mike Horn and the Method are speeding by and ignoring the exit signs. Blazing their own trail with enthusiasm and exceptional talent on the highway towards success, Mike Horn and the Method are here to stay.
Horn, the bands creator and front man, originally from Queens, NY, continually manifested his creative side while attending the University of Connecticut. Late nights next to at-home recording equipment culminated into two full-length self-produced LPs and a seven song EP.
The same undeniable determination, added to a stage presence capitalized with hilarious facial expressions, landed him and cousin Spencer Gallop performances at a wide range of venues, ranging from Arlene’s Grocery and the Continental to the stages of New York’s famous CBGB’s and The Lion’s Den. His summers consisted of making a name for himself while playing venues spanning the New York area.
Speed bumps suddenly diminished for Horn after being signed to the UConn student-run record label, Husky Entertainment, mid-December of 2006. Along with the new recording contract came a whirlwind of rehearsals, Thursday night meetings, studio sessions, an instant fan base, sore throats, various press and soon enough - a full band.
The Method, consisting of Adam Rosenfeld, Gallop and J.P. Fernandez, infuses Horn’s songs with talent that is inimitable.
“In Store” is the band’s first venture into the professional music world. Its high intensity rips the pants off conformity with a unique sound unlike any of today’s talent. “In Store” is a combination of musical attitudes that compliment the band’s wide range of genres, but is also relative to any type of audience.
“Pretty Mind” jumpstarts the album, showcasing Adam Rosenfeld’s unseen talent of rhythmic persuasion that can only be emphasized by Horn’s spontaneous lyrics. By the third track, “It All Kicks In,” Horn’s questions, “What makes you love?” The answer lies within Gallop’s riffs that showcase his diverse guitar skills combined with solo styling.
There is not a specific topic that litters “In Store,” a strength that works to Horn’s advantage, setting him and his band apart from the ever self-conscious - even obsessive - emotional pile-ups in today’s music industry. With the addition of J.P. Fernandez on the bass, the final element is in place, sealing a solid future for the Mike Horn and the Method.
There is still plenty in store for Horn - who’s looking to expand upon not only his list of venues, but identifying with a specific musical genre and a sound. His range of talent spans across “In Store,” from the blues ballad “Don’t Let the Words Leave this Room,” to the mellower “The Only One to Blame.” With all eyes set on developing their sound and growing more as a group, the future is an open book for Mike Horn and the Method. The borders are ready to be broken.
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