The Horn The Hunt are Leeds-based pop duo Clare Carter and Joseph Osborne. Beginning their musical career writing and recording in Norway, their music has quite literally taken them on an extraordinary journey. This Monday (23rd May) saw the release of their second album, Depressur Jolie, so it seemed like an ideal time for a chat with Joseph.

What initially inspired you to form a band?

It all kind of started by accident – we did an artist residency in Norway in January 2008 and made the song ‘The Valley’, which is off our debut album, and we both listened to it and thought, ‘this works somehow’. We finished some more songs in Norway and we were both really excited about them, and Clare just came out with the name for the music, ‘The Horn The Hunt’. I had been in bands for years before and we had both always dabbled in making music both on our own and together, instrumental electronic music, acoustic stuff and a hybrid of both. THTH is a direct result of going on mind-altering adventures – getting lost on remote islands, drinking every night till the early hours and just not caring what happens next, then walking into a cactus and declaring you’ve had enough and want to pack up and live near the north pole instead! Going from 40 degrees C to minus -30 in a few weeks and thinking that’s really living, you begin to find out who you really are. So in some way we’re rolling stones that finally gathered a bit of moss by knuckling down and putting all this confusion and determination into music.

Have you progressed or changed since your debut album?

Massively, yes! In some ways figuring out how to play this music live has been harder than making the second album. The debut was never pre-conceived, it happened by accident, but with Depressur Jolie we knew what we wanted it to be from start – a colourful, brash, pop album.

What do The Horn The Hunt strive to bring to a live gig?

To try and make the experience different to the record. I see the record and the performance as being very separate beasts now. The best gigs are where you engage the audience and they want to feel part of what you are trying to express, whatever that may be – but that doesn’t always happen. I can see our live performance going much further with more people in the future too, an orchestra or whatever fits, but at the moment there aren’t the resources for that!

What would you happily omit from ‘band life’, if you could?

Driving home after a gig, i.e. getting someone else to drive the van and being able to relax in the passenger seat! That is one luxury I am looking forward to, hopefully. Crap food on the road. Tour belly gets me every time! It’s all worth it though. Like I said earlier, when you get in the swing of it, it feels right.

What is the most difficult part of establishing yourselves as a band?

Being heard in a sea of other music. The internet is ying and yang for music. I think we are in a huge transitional stage at the moment and it is very hard to see where we will come out the other side.

I just hope that people will be attracted to a quality in our music that I believe is there.

What has been your highlight, so far?

How long have you got?! Finishing the second album and feeling proud of it and enjoying what [we] have made. Also to have people come on board and believe in what you are doing and working just as hard as you, to try to make some success of the whole beast.

What are you still aiming to achieve?

Artistically, we have many ideas and will make many more albums between the two of us, regardless of whether or not we become successful. We’re always trying to push ourselves, constantly striving to make something different to what is familiar to our ears. I think for me the ultimate goal is to make people feel the way powerful music has made me feel.

Depressur Jolie is out now on White Label Music. Download ‘Paris’ for free here.

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