Strung Like a Horse to wish reality a fond farewell Friday

Article posted on Thu. Dec. 20th, 2012
Strung Like a Horse is, from left, BJ Hightower, Mark the Fiddler, Clay Maselle, Sloth and Ben Crawford.
Strung Like a Horse is, from left, BJ Hightower, Mark the Fiddler, Clay Maselle, Sloth and Ben Crawford.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

To celebrate the end of time on Friday, local punkgrass band Strung Like a Horse is hosting a party at Rhythm & Brews featuring fake blood, a man-horse fighting a giant panda and a song about being abducted by aliens.

You know, the usual stuff.

When lead singer Clay Maselle discovered that Dec. 21 coincided with the end of days according to the Mayan calendar, he knew Strung Like a Horse had to lock down the date. The fact that it was on a Friday was a bonus, he said.

“It’ll be the last show, so you’re guaranteed to not have a hangover,” he said, laughing. “We’re just going to throw down.”

The members of Strung Like a Horse are well known for bringing spectacle to their shows, and for the end of time, they’re pulling out all the stops.

Earlier this month, Strung Like a Horse began filming its third music video with New York-based producer Tomás Donoso. This newest video involves zombies, and the band members are planning to use a skit during the show featuring characters from their past videos as a testing ground for their newfound expertise with squibs, a small explosive used in movie special effects.

“The horse head [from the ‘Gypsy Jane’ video] will be there and, hopefully, a giant panda,” Maselle said, laughing. “They’re not happy with each other.”

The show also will feature Nashville’s Deep Machine, with whom Strung Like a Horse may do some minor collaborations, Maselle said. The rest of Strung Like a Horse’s set will include the band’s usual barn-burning original material and a handful of tongue-in-cheek covers such as R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” and Frank Zappa’s “Trying To Grow a Chin.”

Maselle said this should be an appropriately raucous sendoff to reality, should the Mayans prove right. And if they’re wrong? Well, the band has that contingency accounted for as well, he said.

“Well, we did schedule a New Year’s show [at The Honest Pint], just in case,” he added, laughing. “We’re looking forward to that one, assuming the world doesn’t end and we messed up somehow. We’ve got a plan.”

Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at cphillips@times freepress.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.

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