If Tidal Horn were our life soundtrack, we’d kick ass every moment. The dirty metal band includes vocalist/guitarist Sam Kaley and guitarist Kyle McCann, who deliver sludgy power chords and squealing riffs while bassist Matt McGrath and drummer John Hughes create rhythms as precise and forceful as a butcher’s blade. Their exotic “Line Em Up” and cover of The Melvins’ “Skin Horse” perfectly capture the group’s nostalgic foreboding. Live, the band deals in no-nonsense headbanging. No need for stage antics; the music engulfs you like a tidal wave. With horns.
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